16 - 17 November
10 in stock
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 the 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 or Top Bar hives. 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. We won’t have enough time in the course to finish the hives.
On Sunday afternoon, we will go up to the apiary and examine the bees, in situ, in several Warre and Top Bar hives.
If attendees have pre-booked a colony of bees, they can take them home with them at the end of the course.
Course instructors Michael and Warren have combined beekeeping experience of more than 25 years. Warren is an expert on Natural Beekeeping using Warre Hives. Michael is a professional beekeeper and business owner of Win’s Creek Meadery and Bindaree Bee Supplies. As yet to be confirmed, one or more additional instructors will be making presentations for the course.
Morning tea and Lunch are included at Win’s Creek Meadery. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
Sunday, 19 May 2019
11 am to 12:30 pm
Honey is pure raw energy, produced from hundreds of thousands of flowers and tens of thousands of bees.
In this course, we'll suit up, collect honey frames and bring them into the shed for extraction. We'll go through uncapping, spinning, and filtering of the honey and explain the steps involved in rendering beeswax to produce exquisite hand made candles. We'll demonstrate how to do a health inspection and prepare your hives for winter. Finish with a tasting of honey and mead.
The course is ideal for anyone just starting in beekeeping or wanting to gain more experience and confidence looking after these fascinating creatures. Suitable for adults and older age children. Covers Langstroth, Warre, Top Bar and Flow Hives. It's not necessary to have previously taken the Art & Science of Beekeeping Course.
Starts at 9:00 and finishes at 3:00. Morning tea and lunch are included. We'll do the beekeeping in the morning when it's cooler.
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 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. For the November and December courses, you could bring your hive and bees home with you after finishing the course.