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Beginners Backyard Beekeeping

The A-Z of keeping bees!

This 5-hr workshop runs on the following dates in 2021:

Sunday 28 Feb / Saturday 9 Oct

from $198 | 1 day

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In this workshop, you can expect to learn everything from the inner workings of a beehive to the healing properties of raw honey; how to maintain a healthy hive; to the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check.

Weather permitting we’ll also open a hive and have a hands-on demonstration.

What you will learn

  • The inner workings of a bee hive
  • The healing properties of raw honey
  • How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check
  • Hands-on demonstration of working with a hive

Benedict Hughes is a well-known registered Beekeeper. As The Practical Beekeeper he collects swarms, manages hives, extracts honey, teaches and loves bees.

Benedict is also a commercial migratory beekeeper who runs around 100 beehives across Victoria. He produces small-batch, raw local honey which is available through Farmers Markets and select retail outlets. His bees also provide pollination services for Almonds and other horticulture crops.

Benedict is the resident Beekeeper at Ceres (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) and is approved by the City of Darebin to keep bees in Darebin Parklands and Bundoora Park. 

Benedict regularly runs school incursions about bees and beekeeping, he also delivers adult educational courses at Melbourne Polytechnic and CERES in Brunswick as well as at Edendale Community Environment Farm in Eltham.

Benedict is also the founding President of The Australian Pollinator Alliance, a not-for-profit dedicated to promoting the health of bees and all pollinators, critical to our food and natural environment, through education, research and conservation.

You can find him on Facebook and Instagram as @Practical_Beekeeper.

What to bring

  • Notepad
  • Writing materials
  • Washing up gloves
  • Wide brim hat (not a sombrero)

What to wear

Casual, long sleeves, long pants

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.