There are two types of beekeepers (and everyone else in between): those that keep bees for their honey, and those that keep bees in a holistic way with an appreciation of the natural world, the environment, and the vitally important role that bees play in pollination and maintaining genetic diversity. Natural Beekeeping is a philosophy which includes the latter. This course is similar to the Art & Science of Beekeeping, except that the emphasis is entirely on Natural Beekeeping as it applies to Warre and Top Bar Hives.
Presentations in the mornings will cover the following points:
- A short history of Natural Beekeeping, including Australia
- Bee nutrition and health
- Pests and diseases
- Natural reproduction
- Creating a bee friendly garden
- Hive design, construction, and management practices
Saturday afternoon we will go up to the workshop and begin construction of your Warre hive or top bar traveling box. Course attendees have the option of purchasing the materials to construct the hives and then taking them home with them at the end of the course. You may want to stay later on Saturday or come in early on Sunday so that you will have enough time to finish your hives.
On Sunday afternoon, we will go up to the apiary and examine bees, in situ, in Warre and Top Bar hives.
Course instructor Michael Devey has more than 20 years of beekeeping experience. Michael is a professional beekeeper and business owner of Win’s Creek Meadery and Bindaree Bee Supplies.
The Course also includes the “BEE FRIENDLY GARDEN” workshop on the previous Sunday, 13 November. Megan Dixon from Canberra Native Nursery, will be presenting this part of the course on how to create a bee friendly garden. She will be bringing a selection of plants from the native species that bees love.
Morning tea and Lunch are included at Win’s Creek Meadery. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.