INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING

Our courses are carried between Spring and Autumn - Please visit our online shop for bookings.

Getting started in beekeeping

Why not harvest your own honey?

Want to get started in bees and don't know who to turn to, what equipment to buy, where to get bees from, or how to protect your bees from pests like the small hive beetle?

Maybe you just want to find out if you actually like being near bees before you invest money in your planned hobby, or perhaps you've inherited a hive.

Whatever the reason, now's your chance for an interesting day experience.


Learning Aims

Before starting with bees it is highly recommended that you undertake an introduction course.

This beekeeping course is suitable for those who are interested in the fundamentals of various methods of beekeeping.


Learning Outcomes

We undertake a 6 hour introduction beekeeping workshop to enable you to understand the principles of beekeeping and honey production. You’ll learn how to create and maintain beehives as well as to harvest your own honey and beeswax.

We run our workshops at beautiful Vue at Jindivick, approximately 1 hour east of Melbourne.


Course Outline

Our workshops are interactive, informal and hands on and cater to up to 11 students at a time. By keeping numbers low we are able to provide a more one-on-one educational experience.

  • History of Beekeeping
  • Australian Native Bees
  • Legislation & hive positioning
  • Honeybees: castes, lifecycles, re-queening
  • Reproductive cycle & swarming
  • Foraging: Pollen, Nectar, Resins & Water
  • What is honey?
  • Types of Beehives: Langstroth/Flow Hive, Top Bar, Warre.
  • Hive Management & Seasonal focuses
  • Hive Health, Pests & Diseases
  • Bee Stings
  • Risks & Safety measures
  • Practical Hands on Demonstration (weather permitting)
  • Harvesting honey, beeswax and other bee products.


Included:

Morning Tea—Honey muffin with honey cream served with tea or coffee

Lunch—A selection of gourmet sandwiches with free range meats, homemade mayonnaise and chutney, garden produce and fresh fruit.

Afternoon Tea & Honey tasting.

Course notes

The use of Beekeeping protective jackets, veils & gloves.


Additional information

Minimum Age: We suggest an age of 16 and above for our adult courses.

What to wear: for the practical part of the day you will need to wear long pants, long sleeves and closed shoes. We will be providing veils/jackets and gloves.

Perfume: Bees are sensitive to smell, please refrain from wearing strong smelling perfumes/aftershaves.

Parking: There is plenty of parking space available.

Accommodation: One private queen bedroom with ensuite and deck is available onsite. Booking is essential.

Bee stings: If you know that you’re severely allergic to bees you would be welcome to attend our classroom sessions, however we would not recommend taking part of the practical hands on session. Bees have a mind of their own, we take precautions to reduce the risk of stings—however we can’t guarantee your safety if you have an allergy.

Food Allergies: Please let us know in the order comments if you have any food allergies as we do provide a beautiful lunch and we would like to ensure that you will enjoy!

Mentoring: In addition to the hands on courses we provide, we also provide hive leases (including training), onsite maintenance and training packs.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations or Reschedule requests must be received in writing 7 days prior to the event date. If you cancel outside of 7days a full credit or 50% refund will be issued. If you cancel within 7days of the course date, no refund will be given sorry, unless we are able to rebook your position.