This workshop follows on from the beginners course and will help build confidence and independence in your beekeeping. It reviews and extends the topics covered in the beginners courses and includes:
Guests are welcome to attend club meetings, a visitors fee of $5 is charged at the door to cover refreshments.
This Introduction to Beekeeping course is designed to provide new beekeepers with both the practical skills and the background knowledge to start beekeeping with confidence.
The all day program is highly interactive and includes a live hive opening in the on site club apiary as well as other hands-on skill building exercises. Background instruction incorporates equipment selection and bee biology in addition to details of the Apiary and Biosecurity Codes of Practice.
Our highly qualified tutors have experience with both conventional Langstroth hives and the new Flow hives as well as top bar hives.
Included in the course fee are a comprehensive handbook and a copy of the textbook The Australian Beekeeping Manual which retails at $50.
The hive session is weather dependent and in the event of completely unsuitable weather, we will schedule an alternative date or dates.
A certificate of completion will be awarded once the online quiz has been successfully attempted.
No previous experience is required and loan protective equipment is available for the hive session. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.
Registration closes 18th April or when all places are taken.
The program will extend over a month requiring weekly weekend apiary visits. On completion you will take the nuc home to install in your own hive.
Dates are provisional and depend on queen supply and weather. There is some flexibility with inspection dates which should allow a certain amount of individual variation.
Due to limited resources this program is available to members only and capped at 10 places. Our intention is to assist new members who have just completed a beginners course in getting a flying start.
Last year's program was an outstanding success with all participants happily installing their bees at home following completion. It was noticeable how quickly handling skills and confidence were built.
Meeting Address: Doncaster Secondary College, 123 Church Rd, Doncaster 3108