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Backyard Beekeeping full day workshop - Darebin Parklands



Description

In this introduction to beekeeping workshop you can expect to learn everything from the inner workings of a bee hive to the amazing 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 working with hives in the Darebin Parklands apiary,

The class is limited to 15 people, and we will start the day with a small amount of practical discussion in the classroom and then followed by a hands on day opening and inspecting the hives. If you have a Flow hive we can certainly help with all your questions!

The Class is suitable for adults and teenagers who are interested to get started or learn about bees.

What should I wear/bring ? Most of our classes take place outdoors so you’ll need clothing suitable for the weather on the day.  Even if it is very hot you will need long pants, long sleeves and closed shoes for the practical part of the day.  We supply all beekeeping suits.  You’ll also need gardening gloves or similar, sunscreen and a bottle of water.

Is there parking available? Yes there is plenty of parking available at Darebin Parklands. full class details will be emailed a week before the date

Do I need to bring lunch? Yes we do provide coffee and tea but please bring a packed lunch or you may be able to buy some from the nearby cafe

How old do you need to be to do the course? We usually suggest an age of 13 and above for the adult courses but feel free to contact me if you have a special request

About Us: A well-known registered Beekeeper, Benedict is "The Practical Beekeeper". Benedict collects swarms, manages beehives and delivers educational courses. Benedict is a full time beekeeper specializing in Urban beekeeping and he manages a number of hives in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

Benedict has a background and passion for permaculture, sustainability, horticulture and landscape architecture and is passionate about sharing ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

He also enjoys running school education programs which focus on promoting backyard beekeeping. In 2014 Benedict successfully ran the crowd funding campaign Bringing back the bees, which raised funds for Beekeeping at CERES and Taranaki Farm http://pozi.be/beekeeper.

Benedict also manages a number of hives in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and produces small batch, seasonal Raw Local honey. The Practical Beekeeper honey is single source, small batch minimally filtered, cold extracted and packed here in Melbourne. Benedict is a passionate believer in sustainability and so he focuses on beekeeping where the welfare of the bees is paramount.

To find out more about The Practical Beekeeper you can follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PracticalBeekeeper and you can also subscribe to his YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/HealthyOrganics

 

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Class Schedule

The class starts at 10.00 am and finishes around 3.00pm

What you will learn
  • Getting started with backyard beekeeping
  • How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check
  • The wonders of pure raw honey and an understanding of honey extraction
What you will get
  • Detailed course notes and online references
  • An understanding of how to get started keeping bees in your backyard

What to bring
  • Just need lunch, Sunscreen and a water bottle, all bee suits provided
What to wear

As we will be working outdoors it is important to wear sturdy footwear with no open toes. Also please remember long trousers and a long sleeve shirt with collar if possible. All bee suits and gloves are provided.

Appropriate for

Beginner beekeepers wanting to learn how to best manage their beehives.


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A well-known registered Beekeeper, Benedict is "The Practical Beekeeper". Benedict collects swarms, manages beehives and delivers educational courses

Benedict is a full time beekeeper specializing in Urban beekeeping and he manages a number of hives in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

Benedict has a background and passion for permaculture, sustainability, horticulture and landscape architecture and is passionate about sharing ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

 

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Valerie

14 September 2016 • Backyard Beekeeping full day workshop - Darebin...

I thought Benedict did an excellent presentation for my introduction to beekeeping. The class was exactly as described aswell as more - we got to do a bit of beehive carpentry - making a fame to take home! Benedict made time to answer all enquires whether personal (in tea breaks and at lunch) or in the middle of the presentation. The class group was a perfect size to be able to hear whatever a member of the group needed to know. Weather meant we could not open a beehive as it was too cold, but I was not at all disappointed as the time was full on and I felt I had learnt more than what I had been trying to learn from books and videos. Highly recommend anyone who loves the idea of sustainable beekeeping to attend one of Benedict's workshops.

Bethany

13 September 2016 • Backyard Beekeeping full day workshop - Darebin...

I learnt so much about beekeeping - I loved it! It was very practical advice and the instructor was open to all questions. The addition of hands-on skill (building frames for the hive) was really helpful and interesting.

Erin

16 March 2016 • Backyard Beekeeping full day workshop - Darebin...

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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