Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery are offering a new and unique beekeeping course. Bindaree will provide instruction on the Art & Science of Beekeeping and Wins Creek Meadery will offer an epicurean experience on both days. What better way to spend a weekend away, wining and dining 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 that they 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. If you sign up for November or December, you can bring the bees home with you after the course.
The Art and Science of Beekeeping is a unique weekend course combining practical and hands-on beekeeping instruction with a gourmet food and mead experience. Course instructor, Michael Devey, has been keeping bees for the last 17 years; along with his partner Maryanne, they are the business owners of Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery. You can check out Michael’s qualifications on Linkdin.
The Science, or practical part of the course, will be in the Meadery learning about the biology and behaviour of these fascinating creatures. The Art of beekeeping will involve hands-on beekeeping instruction; you’ll be able to suit up and examine the bees first hand. The apiary is in Murrumbateman about 1 km from the Bindaree shed. You’ll also be constructing frames and assembling and painting timber hives for the bees to live in. Wins Creek is a commercial honey producer, and Michael has much experience to pass on in this regard. You’ll be able to enjoy afternoon tea and a gourmet dinner on the first day at Wins Creek Meadery. On the second day, you’ll be treated to morning tea and lunch.
Murrumbateman is an ideal tourist destination. On the doorstep of the Nation’s Capital, it is surrounded by Cool Climate Wine Country. Wins Creek Meadery and Bindaree Bee Supplies are located in the historic Old Traveller’s Rest Inn, ca. 1879.
A course outline is as follows:
Day 1 (1.00 pm to 7.00 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.
2-3 Sept 2017, 7-8 Oct 2017, 4-5 Nov 2017, 2-3 Dec 2017