Becoming an Independent Beekeeper

  • Natural History - The biology of Apis mellifera
  • Hive Types & hive placement
  • Managing Bees. Understanding & Management of your colony including seasonal management
  • Working with bees - Handling bees, Inspecting bees, Finding the queen, Establishing your apiary & Useful Tools & Equipment
  • Pests & Diseases - Identification and prevention
  • Apiary Code of Practice & Apiary Management
  • Harvesting honey - When & How

Hive Visit: Hands on practical component (all protective gear will be provided)

Workshop fee is $165 to cover the costs of all booking fees, food & materials. Limited to 20 spaces.Timing: 9:30am - 4:30pm

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What you will learn
  • Understand the seasonal tasks needed to manage your bees
  • What to look out for, signs of your bees doing well including identifying potential issues
  • Learn about all the key aspects of what you need to know to become an independent beekeeper
What you will get
  • Fully catered lunch and morning tea by our friends @ Dench Bakers
  • Hands on, handling, inspecting and understanding the workings of a hive (all protective gear will be provided)
  • Course notes

What to bring
  • Covered sensible shoes
What to wear

Clothing: Light/comfortable clothing.

Appropriate for

Those who have made a commitment that want to keep bees


Melbourne City Rooftop Honey

Vendor since 2015

Our Story

We are Beekeepers with a vision of bringing bees back to the city and the suburbs of Melbourne. The aim is to be part a global effort to help save the honey bee from the various threats of disease and human habitation.

This project not only seeks to address issues of sustainability, it also aims to raise awareness of the importance of bees whilst creating delicious honey. By placing hives on the roof spaces of cafés, restaurants, hotels and individual's gardens in and around Melbourne we have reduced the distance from production to plate to mere metres.

Melbourne City Rooftop Honey joins the cities like Paris, London, Toronto, San Francisco New York, Hong Kong and many others where urban beekeeping is thriving.  The community benefits by some true ‘local’ produce – a delicious tasting honey which is unique to each site, with less actual food miles plus help green our City of Melbourne.

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01 February 2017 • Becoming an Independent Beekeeper

Matt and Vanessa have a wealth of knowledge and experience in beekeeping, which they impart in the classroom in a friendly and informative manner. The hands on, with the bees is invaluable experience for a beginner. I would most definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in bees and beekeeping.