Beekeeping: A Taster

with Michael Netherton

at the Fosterton Biodynamic Farm on 22nd April

This course is likely to be popular. If you miss out and want to go on the waiting list, click here to contact us, citing Beekeeping in your comment.

Honey-bees are wondrous creatures that you can easily keep in your own backyard.  Your garden will love them being there, plus you’ll get some honey that tastes fantastic.

This practical, hands-on course will cover:

  • working safely with bees
  • how a bee colony survives, and how to help them live at your place
  • what’s inside a beehive: we’ll open some living hives and look around inside
  • bee diseases and pests, and how to deal with them
  • how to extract your own honey, and
  • useful bee books & bee equipment, and where to get them.

This is what you’ll get:

  • confidence that you can easily look after your own hive (or two)
  • a basic understanding of how to keep bees safely
  • some honey that you’ve extracted yourself
  • the ability to contact Michael and ask as many bee-questions as you like.
To book, click here.

When: Sunday 22 April 2018, 9.30am-1.00pm.

Where:  Fosterton Biodynamic Farm, 792 Fosterton Rd Dungog (a few km out of town).

Cost:  $125.

Limited numbers. Booking essential. Morning tea included.

Rating: just the course to do if you’re considering getting into bees!

What to bring, what to wear:

• Long sleeve shirt and trousers (a pair of overalls with a zip‐front and elastic hems is perfect – basically, you’ll need to make sure that a bee can’t crawl under, through or around your clothes and then sting you).
• Fully enclosed and high footwear (gumboots under overalls work really well).
• A bee veil (only if you have one already: we have a few spare).
• Long gloves (if you have some already, we’ll have a few spare pairs).
• A broad brim hat & sunscreen.
• A fold‐up chair.

What we provide:

• Bee veils to share (we have 3 spare veils of different types).
• Long gloves to share (we have 2 spare pairs).
• Hive tools and other bee-keeping gear for you to look at and use.

Michael Netherton is a registered apiarist who produces and sells honey from his own hives on a small scale. As an active member of the Hunter Biodynamic Group he has different views regarding “normal” beekeeping. But in this workshop he will focus on what it is you need to know (and do) if you wish to keep bees using common equipment and procedures.

To book, click here.
This is now required for any accredited course in Australia.

This is now required for any accredited course in Australia.

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