In depth Beekeeping – Saturday January 23rd 2021 9am – 5pm

In depth Beekeeping – Saturday January 23rd 2021 9am – 5pm

In this full day workshop, Claire Brown from Austinmer Beekepers will build on the topics covered in the Intro to Beekeeping workshop. If weather permits, Claire will spend half the day with theory and the other half giving you practical skills by opening her display hives for some hand-on learning. This workshop is designed to get you inspired and give you the skills to become a backyard beekeper!

Your workshop includes:

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 and 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

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In Depth Beekeeping

Saturday January 23rd 2021

9am – 5pm

This whole day workshop builds on the skills learnt in the ‘Intro to Beekeeping’ short course on Jan 9th, 2021 and is for those seriously considering become a backyard beekeeper. Come along to learn the ins and outs of bee management and gain lots of hands on experience handling bees. By the end of this workshop, you will be ready to begin your journey in beekeeping and will understand the basics of managing your own hive.

You’ll need to dress appropriately for this workshop by wearing 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!

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 is one half of local business, Austinmer 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.

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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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