Level 1 of 3: A starting point for ‘persons of interest’ (Beginner – 1 Saturday)
This workshop is ideal for people that have heard or seen information and are interested in learning more about beekeeping to see if it is for them. Learn about the required legal, safety and financial obligations as well as the many, many benefits of owning honey bee hives.
Allan has a Certificate II in Rural Operations (2005) and over 55 years experience in beekeeping. Lionel has a Bachelor of Education and a Cert. IV in Training and Assessment. Join them and other like minded individuals in seeing what honey bees are all about!
This workshop does not involve working live bees, so personal protective equipment is not required.
For important information about allergies/time/location/required gear/cancellation policy etc., see the ‘additional information’ tab.
- 9am – Session 1
- Beekeeping History and Definitions
- Objectives of Beekeeping – for pleasure or profit
- Langstroth Hives –components, parts, purpose
- 10.15 am – Session 2
- Bases, Brood Super, Excluders, Honey Supers, Lid, Rain Hood, em-lock
- Protective gear
- Frames, Foundation, wiring board, wire tensioner, Hive tools, queen cages, smoker
- Honey Room – uncapping knife, extractor, strainers, buckets, honey gates
- Costs – Bees, equipment, maintenance
- Siting your hives
- Hive tools, the smoker and lifting
- Space to expand and controlling swarming
- Space to extract your honey
- Lunch Break (BYO LUNCH, Tea and Coffee Available)
- 12.30pm Session 3
- Basic Bee Biology
- Bee Stings – why and how
- Department of Forestry and Fisheries Registration
- Diseases/Pest Threats
- Benefits of Joining a club (equipment hire, learning etc.)
- Nucleus hive VS a Production Hive and how to manage both
- How much time will you need to work your hive/s efficiently?
- Having Realistic Expectations short and long term
- Goal Setting
- Question and Answer Time
- 2.30pm – Conclusion