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Intro to Backyard Beekeeping



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In this workshop you can expect to learn everything from the inner workings of a bee hive to the healing properties of raw honey; how to maintain a healthy hive; to the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check.

Weather permitting we'll also open a hive and have a hands-on demonstration.

Trainer Bio: Benedict Hughes – The Practical Beekeeper

Benedict is a well-known registered Beekeeper; as The Practical Beekeeper he collects swarms, manages hives, extracts honey, teaches and loves bees.

Benedict is a member of the Beekeeper State Quarantine Response Team with the Victorian Government (emergency beekeeper), is the resident Beekeeper at Ceres in Brunswick and is approved by the City of Darebin to keep bees in Darebin Parklands and Bundoora Park.

Benedict regularly runs school incursions about bees and beekeeping. Benedict also delivers adult educational courses at Melbourne Polytechnic and CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies), Melbourne’s award-winning, not for profit sustainability centre.

You can find him on Facebook and Instagram as The Practical Beekeeper


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What you will learn
  • The inner workings of a bee hive
  • The healing properties of raw honey
  • How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check
What you will get
  • Weather permitting we'll also open a hive and have a hands-on demonstration

What to bring
  • Notepad
  • Writing materials
  • Washing up gloves
  • Wide brim hat (not a sombrero)
What to wear

Casual, long sleeves, long pants



Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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09 April 2019 • Intro to Backyard Beekeeping

So informative! I feel confident taking the next step to keeping bees.


14 March 2019 • Intro to Backyard Beekeeping

This was a well designed course, run by Benedict Hughes, a very knowledgeable 'Practical Beekeeper'. Benedict provided a wealth of information to help us get started with backyard beekeeping and he was happy to answer all questions from the group. We went from having a level of anxiety about whether we could be backyard beekeepers to an understanding that we can do it, although there will be a lot more learning required as we go along. Benedict helped us to develop a respect for the bee colonies themselves and to understand our responsibilities as beekeepers and the complexities involved in practical backyard beekeeping.


10 March 2019 • Intro to Backyard Beekeeping

Was a very interesting and informative day with a very knowledgeable instructor. It was a shame that the heat prevented us from opening the hives but we felt we learnt what we needed to know to get started.

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