In depth Beekeeping – Saturday 17th April 2021

In depth Beekeeping – Saturday 17th April 2021

9:00am – 5:00pm (7 hrs workshop)

Are you fascinated by the art of beekeeping and keen to gain the skills required to start your own hive?
In this full day workshop, Claire Brown from Flametree Beekepers will give you the knowledge and skills required to get you started as a backyard beekeeper.
The workshop will include a morning of theory and, weather permitting, an afternoon of hands-on, practical learning at our display hive. Specifically, your workshop will include:

Theory –

  • The life cycle of bees
  • The roles of different bees in the hive
  • Obtaining beehives
  • Ideal hive placement
  • Hive types and their characteristics
  • Bee diseases – how to spot them
  • Swarming

Practical –

  • Inspecting a beehive
  • Managing your space
  • Finding evidence of a queen bee
  • Essential beekeeping resources
  • Brood management
  • Extracting honey

This workshop will build on the topics covered in the Intro to Beekeeping workshop, however you do NOT have to complete the intro workshop in order to book into the In depth workshop.

Before you book, please consider the following:

  • The Green Connect farm is a working farm and all visitors must participate in a safety briefing at the beginning of your workshop.
  • The terrain at the farm is steep and slippery in parts and your workshop may involve a moderately strenuous walk to reach some of our beehives. At this stage, this walk is not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • Our farm plants love rain and so do we! We don’t cancel workshops or tours in wet weather unless there is a dangerous storm so please be sure to come prepared.
  • Allergen advice: Our farm is home to domestic animals as well as bees, wasps and macadamia trees. If you are allergic, please inform us and keep your Epipen with you at all times.

All beekeeping workshop participants must:

  • Wear thick pants such as jeans and a long sleeved shirt. DO NOT wear black as this may endanger you. The natural predators of honey bees are black (e.g. bears) so when they see something big and black coming their way, they will sting now and ask questions later!
  • Wear enclosed shoes or boots (sorry no thongs or sandals allowed).
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen or rain gear, depending on the weather forecast.
  • Bring a water bottle.

Before booking, please read the Terms-and-Conditions

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Your course fee includes:

  • 7hrs of face-to-face teaching at the Green Connect Farm, Warrawong NSW.
  • Take-home notes.
  • PPE – we will provide beekeeping suits for the upper body and face.
  • Catered morning tea and lunch. Let us know your dietary requirements.

Your teacher: Claire Brown

Claire Brown runs a local business, Flametree Beekepers.  She trained as an Environmental Scientist at UOW and Science teacher before discovering a passion for bees. She owns and maintains Langstroth, Flow and Warre beehives and is interested in the ways bees react to different styles of beekeeping. She has found that learning about bees and seeing the amazing way they build and communicate has been a very interesting project amongst the day to day of bringing up two small children. Claire keeps European and Australian native bees and loves learning about the multitude of native pollinators in her permaculture garden. Claire has found beekeeping to be an activity which lends itself to a mindful practice, bringing calm and focus to the day.

Coming from Sydney, Canberra or beyond?

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Why is Green Connect offering studies in permaculture?

Well, because we are proud of the work we have done to turn 11 aces of disused land into a thriving permaculture farm abundant with vegetables, fruit, herbs and animals (goats, pigs, sheep and chickens). And because we’re so proud of it, we want to share it with you. People often ask us what we do, how we do it and why it’s such a success story for the Illawarra. Rest assured, as a not for profit, your ticket price goes directly to our farm. Every purchase helps and supports the work that we do.

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