Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop

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About the workshop

Are you thinking about getting bees? The introduction to beekeeping workshop is the perfect way to learn about what is required to keep bees in your backyard. Beekeeping is one of the fastest growing hobbies in Australia and in this 3 hour hands-on workshop, we will cover a range of topics to determine if beekeeping is right for you. We will spend the first half of the session covering theory and beekeeping principles and then we will suit up and head into our demonstration apiary to get hands-on with the bees. You'll get a chance to see the 3 most popular types of beehives in action - Langstroth, Warre, and Flow Hive. We'll also have a honey tasting experience for morning tea with freshly baked local sourdough bread from Cornucopia Bakery. You'll also leave with your very own jar of local raw honey poured straight from the honey pot. 

Who is this workshop for?

Anyone who is interested in becoming a beekeeper or has been gifted a beehive and looking for some guidance on what to do next. Or you might just be interested in bees and want to know more about them and have a hands-on experience with bees. 

What we'll cover

- Why keep bees?

- Local council regulations

- Beekeeper and hive registration with NSW Department of Primary Industries

- Biosecurity obligations and record keeping

- Safety & allergies

- Lifecycle of a bee

- Pest & Disease

- Swarming and Spring management

- Choosing the right beehive

- Components of a beehive

- Beekeeping Equipment and PPE checklist

- Hive management principles

- How to extract honey

- How to purchase bees

- What to expect in your first year as a beekeeper

Location

The workshop will take place at Rooftop Bees HQ in Roseville Chase. (Address will be provided with your booking confirmation). We are a registered business with $20M public liability insurance. 

Duration

The workshop starts at 9AM will go for approximately 3 hours. Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can get started on time. There will be enough time for questions and discussion at the end. 

What to bring

Please bring a bottle of water and wear closed shoes or boots. We will provide full length beekeeping suits and gloves so it is not necessary to wear long sleeve shirts and trousers. 

Covid-19 protocols

We are a registered Covid-Safe business and will require you to check-in on arrival. The majority of the workshop will take place outdoors or in well ventilated areas so masks are not mandatory but welcome if preferred. We limit the workshops to small groups to maintain social distancing and so that everyone can get close to the bees and ask all your burning questions. 

Wet weather

In the event of rain, we will reschedule the workshop for a new suitable date or you can move into another date pending on availability. 

Private groups

If you would like a private workshop for your family, friends or corporate group, please contact me directly on john@rooftopbees.com.au or 0405154900. 

Purchase equipment 

We can help set you up with your beehive, beekeeping equipment and live bees. Please discuss with us on the day after the workshop.