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.
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 delivery and weather. There is some flexibility with inspection dates allowing a certain amount of individual variation.
Due to limited resources this program is available to members only and capped at 10 places. It is aimed at new members who must have completed a beginners course and will ensure a flying start to their beekeeping career.
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.
Queen rearing allows you to propagate from your best stock thus improving your apiary, is cheap and an important skill for beekeepers to develop. Grafting is straightforward and should not be intimidating.
In this course we will highlight the biological principles of queen rearing, introduce the genetic concepts, summarise the various methods of rearing queens and conduct practical exercises in grafting and starting queen cells.
Students will gain hands on experience of the steps and will be eligible to receive a capped queen cell 10 days later to use in their own hives.
Registration now open (places strictly limited). Note that this is a more advanced course that is aimed at experienced beekeepers who are already familiar with honey bee biology and husbandry and who are accustomed to handling bees.
Meeting Address: Doncaster Secondary College, 123 Church Rd, Doncaster 3108