Urban Beekeeping Workshop for Beginners

Learn all you need to start your path into beekeeping (with option to include a fully operational beehive)



5 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $215 - $299 ($299 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $265 for 2 guests, $235 for 3+ guests, $215 for 5+ guests)

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  • If you're fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend this class anytime
  • If you're not fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend from 1st Dec onwards

These days, it is impossible to know if the honey you are buying is real honey or just water with sugar. The only way to ensure that the honey is pure and unadulterated is by producing it yourself.

In this beginner-friendly workshop, you will learn everything you need to know about bees, the equipment needed and how much honey and wax you can expect.

To maintain a beehive is no way near as difficult as it sounds. It is very easy to have a couple of beehives in your backyard and the bees will do most of the work for you! Plus, bees that live in an urban environment are a lot healthier than those in the country because they have a wider variety of healthy and cared-for gardens from which to extract nectar.

During this workshop, you'll learn that bees feed themselves, all you need to provide them with is a water source and a safe space.

Over five hours, we will cover:

  • An introduction to beekeeping
  • What is honey?
  • The history of beekeeping
  • Honey flora – the importance of bees
  • Legislation – locating the hive
  • How to get the bees
  • Honey bees – castes, life cycles, re-queening, types of cells
  • Bee dancing and what it means
  • Swarming and catching a swarm
  • Sourcing bees from a supplier
  • Collecting the pollen and nectar
  • Beehive management and inspections
  • Splitting a hive
  • Relocating a hive
  • Harvesting the honey and the wax
  • Honey bee products
  • Australian native bees vs European bees
  • Bee stings
  • Bee health, pest and diseases and how to treat them
  • Beeswax uses – candles, cosmetics, soap
  • Flow Hive
  • Initial and ongoing cost of beekeeping
  • Practical demonstration – opening a hive and inspecting it

Having bees at home is an extremely rewarding experience, you get to interact with nature in a very intimate way and will learn about these fascinating and intelligent creatures.

The workshop will be delivered in an interactive classroom environment by professional trainers and beekeepers. Beekeeping equipment is displayed and living hives are available for inspection.

Option for Fully Operational Beehive and Mentoring includes the following items:
• A 2-level (10 frames each level) Langstroth Beehive, fully operational with a gentle Queen, bees, honey and babies
• Installation of Beehive at your home backyard within Greater Sydney (contact me for other areas)
• 6 months of maintenance and mentoring


Add-on available for this class
  • Add a Fully Operational Beehive and Mentoring ($1,200)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
No prior knowledge required. Suitable for anyone interested in learning about the fundamentals of beekeeping.
 
What you'll get
Beekeeping suits and tools are available to use during the demonstrations with the live hives.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify the various methods of beekeeping
  • Source suitable bees and beehive position
  • Know about the regulations pertaining to beekeeping
  • Maintain a beehive successfully
  • Harvest honey and render wax
  • Recognise pests and diseases affecting bees
  • Distinguish the various products made from honey and wax.
What to bring
Please wear long pants and enclosed shoes.
 

Gus German is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

Location

Lugarno, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Gus German
Gus German

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We, at the Bee Protection Society want to do what we can to protect the bees, particularly the bees in the urban environment. Bees in large cities have a lot going for them, but only as long as they are protected within a proper hive and under the care of someone that looks after them.

We want to educate people about these fascinating creatures and encourage them to install a beehive in their backyard. It is a very rewarding experience to know that you are helping bees survive and also to get honey and wax in return.

With over 30 years experience in beekeeping, we are fully qualified to help our community to achieve the best sustainable results while caring for bees.

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Glenn Newling Jun 2021


Great workshop. Gus is highly knowledgeable drawing from his experience; successes and failures. Having only 2 in the class made for a relaxed and open situation and enabled lots of questions without feeling like you might be slowing the pace down. Due to the cold and wet weather, the practical component couldn't be covered on the day but Gus will be inviting us back on another day to take part in the practical. Gus provided some mentos, water and pizza to keep us going. Being a cold day, the pizza was well received. My only thought at the time and am only saying this because it was cold, I should have brought a thermas of coffee or hot tea on the day. I was dying for a coffee. We covered all aspects of beekeeping. Gus had a carefully thought out powerpoint discussion but we could deviate at any time. Gus' background as an engineer provided added worth as he could detail the virtues of the tools and equipment. All in all, great day.

Michaela Byers Jun 2021


The theory was very interesting and Gus was very engaging. It was too bad that the weather was bad so we didn't get to open a hive. Will get the opportunity next month.
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