Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery are offering a unique beekeeping course. Bindaree will provide instruction on the Art & Science of Beekeeping and Wins Creek Meadery will be catering on both days. What better way to spend a weekend away, enjoying good food, good mead, and learning about these fascinating creatures.
Whether you have a flow hive, Langstroth, top bar or Warre hive, the principles of beekeeping are the same. Art & Science is a two-day course covering what we know about bees and how to look after them. The Science of beekeeping will cover bee genetics, biology and disease control. The Art of beekeeping involves actual hands on experience working with these animals and constructing the frames and hives for them to live in.
Four course dates are offered with a limit of 10 people per course. Course attendees get priority bookings for honey bee colonies to start their new adventure. Ideally, you could bring bees home with you after finishing the course.
The Art and Science of Beekeeping is a unique weekend course combining practical instruction and hands-on beekeeping. Course instructors, Michael and Warren have combined beekeeping experience of more than 25 years. Warren is an expert in Natural Beekeeping with Warre hives. Michael is a commercial honey producer and business owner, his qualifications can be viewed on Linkdin.
The Science part of the course will cover what we know about the biology and behaviour of these fascinating creatures. The Art of beekeeping will involve hands-on beekeeping experience. You will build your own bee hive for the bees to live in, construct beeswax frames and assemble and paint hive boxes. We will suit up and examine the bees first hand in four different systems including Langstroth, flow hives, top bar and Warre hives. The apiary is located in Murrumbateman about 1 km from the Bindaree shop.
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are included at Win’s Creek Meadery.
Murrumbateman is an ideal tourist destination. It is surrounded by Cool Climate Wine Country and on the doorstep of the Nation’s Capital. Wins Creek Meadery and Bindaree Bee Supplies are located in the historic Traveller’s Rest Inn, ca. 1879.
A course outline is as follows:
Day 1 (10 am to 4 pm)
Bee Biology 101
Honey and other products of the hive
Bee stings and allergies
Honey extraction and hive maintenance
We will construct and paint a timber hive, including the lid, base and two boxes. We will assemble, wire and attach beeswax foundation to 16 frames.
Day 2 (10.00 pm to 4.00 pm)
What type of hive should I get?
We’ll cover the various types of hives including
Langstroth, Warre, Top Bar, and Flow Hives
Pests & Diseases
Hands-on Beekeeping Experience
Suit up and inspect Langstroth, Warre and top bar hives.
Mead Making & Tasting
Wins Creek Mead, Wins Creek Cider and Honey Tasting. Complementary Root Beer and/or Ginger Beer for designated drivers.
8-9 Sept 2018, 6-7 Oct 2018, 3-4 Nov 2018, 1-2 Dec 2018