Did you buy a flow hive or have you already started in beekeeping but want to know more? Maybe you are just looking to learn more about how to manage a beehive as part of your permaculture setup? This course provides you with all the skills and experience required to safely and effectively manipulate a bee hive and carrying out general management practices.
It is recommended for people who have already completed an introduction to backyard beekeeping course but this is not compulsory. The course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction and is suitable for participants aged from 14 years onwards.
In addition to providing you with a broad understanding of the history and biology of a colony of European honey bees, at the end of the course participants will be able to;
Identify bee life cycles
Understand a bee colony
Understand the terminology used in the beekeeping industry
Identify beehive component parts
Manage bee colonies for survival and productivity
Inspect and manipulate a bee hive
The course runs over 3 weeks, a total of three days delivered on consecutive Saturdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Each week we spend time at the hives so you get the most practical hands on experience. In addition to the hands on component at the beehives, the course also has a significant proportion of class time with plenty of time for questions and answers.
Protective clothing and occupational health and safety
Hive components and assembly
Bee biology and seasonal management
Diseases and pests of bees
Inspecting hive for disease
Honey marketing, food safety and record keeping
Other products from the hive
Optional purchase: The Australian Beekeeping Manual by Robert Owen $45
CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gifts code field.
*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted
Who is The Practical Beekeeper?
Benedict Hughes 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). He 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 sessions about bees and about backyard beekeeping for kids and adults. He can be found on Facebook as “PracticalBeekeeper”
Here’s what a past student has to say about Benedict’s courses:
Erin, March 2016 - "Benedict is a fantastic teacher. Very knowledgeable, patient and happy to ask questions. He gave us a lot of information and practical guidance and skills. I feel very confident about getting my own hive...and I know who to call if I need help! I loved the balance of practical and theory in the session. I loved seeing the bees and being shown how to identify real things...finding grubs, the queen, different cells etc."
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Great environment. Benedict is patient and kind and very knowledgeable. He shared his knowledge and skills with us, inspiring and motivating. Extremely enjoyable and educating.