12-13 Sept 2020, 10-11 Oct 2020, 31 Oct to 1 Nov 2020, 5-6 Dec 2020, 16-17 Jan 2021
The Art and Science of Beekeeping is a unique weekend course combining practical instruction and hands-on beekeeping. Course instructor, Michael, has been keeping bees for more than 20 years. Michael is an expert in Natural Beekeeping with Warre and top bar hives. He is also a commercial honey producer and business owner of Bindaree Bee Supplies.
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 learn how to build your own bee hive, construct beeswax frames and assemble and paint hive boxes. We will examine bees first hand, in three different systems including Langstroth, Top Bar and Warre hives. The apiary is located in Murrumbateman about 1 km from Bindaree and Wins Creek.
Morning tea and lunch both days 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. Win’s Creek Meadery and Bindaree Bee Supplies are located in the historic Traveller’s Rest Inn, ca. 1879.
Course outline is as follows:
Day 1 (10 am to 4 pm)
Evolution of honey bees and flowering plants
Life stages and forms of honeybees
Queenbees and Drones
Swarming behaviour – How to reduce the risk of swarming and catch them if they do
The Natural Hive
The Domesticated Hive – What type of hive should I get? We’ll cover Langstroth, Flow, Warre and Top Bar Hives.
Lunch at the Meadery
Hive & Frame Construction
We will construct and paint a timber hive, including the lid, base and boxes. You will show you how to assemble, wire and attach beeswax foundation to frames. If you have an unassembled Flow Hive and would like to bring that to the course, we can help you with assembling it.
Day 2 (10.00 pm to 4.00 pm)
Pests & Diseases
Honey and other products of the hive
Bee stings and allergies
Honey extraction, feeding, and hive maintenance
Lunch at the Meadery
Hands-on Beekeeping Experience
Inspect Langstroth, Warre and Top Bar hives, in situ.