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Natural Beekeeping

November 18th - 19th, 2017 ( 9:00 am - 5:00 pm )

Bathurst, Rahamim Ecology Center

Update: Bookings for this course have now closed. Click here to find any Natural Beekeeping courses we have scheduled.
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Join Tim Malfroy of Malfroy’s Gold as he leads you through the basics of bee-friendly, natural, organic, small-scale beekeeping.

You will leave this course with a competent knowledge of the fundamentals of natural beekeeping, and be ready to take the plunge and keep your own bees, Warré style!

This course focuses on a style of apiculture that is exclusively designed for the small-scale beekeeper.

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Warré beekeeping is a bee-friendly method that aims to care for the bees, allow them to control their own environment, and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping, resulting in healthy contented bees, and superb raw honey.

This course is a series of presentations that draw a wide perspective on the evolution of flowering plants and honeybees, and the long and rich tradition of apiculture. There will be open discussion, and loads of practical advice!

In addition to discussing the role of the beekeeper and how to keep bees, Tim will talk extensively about the amazing social behavior and biology of the honeybee, giving you a solid grounding in the intricate world of the honeybee and how to approach keeping them in an ethical, sustainable manner.

This course will include a hive opening at Rahamim’s Warré apiary, and a hive inspection (weather permitting).

You will learn the ins and outs of sustainable beekeeping in general, and leave this course all ready to take the plunge of keeping your own bees!

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Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Evolution of the Honeybee and flowering plants
  • History of Honey Hunting & Beekeeping
  • Beehives throughout History
  • Beekeeping in Australia
  • Honeybees: Understanding the Super Organism
  • Biology of the Honeybee
  • The Importance of Natural Comb
  • The People’s Hive of Émile Warré
  • Getting Set-Up for Beekeeping: Buying bees, hives & equipment
  • Site and Forage Assessment
  • Forms required for keeping bees
  • Situating beehives in urban areas – backyards + rooftops
  • Handling bees gently and confidently
  • Introducing your bees to the hive
  • Ensuring the ongoing health of your colony
  • Pests & Diseases
  • Swarming
  • Raw honey & comb harvesting techniques
  • Honey appreciation
  • Strategies for safe and successful beekeeping within a neighbourhood
  • Planting a Bee-friendly garden
  • Native Bees

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About your teacher

Tim Malfroy is the founder of the award-winning Malfroy’s Gold honey label with his wife Emma, and has been practicing organic and biodynamic beekeeping since he started keeping his own bees in 2006.

In 2008 he was the first beekeeper in Australia to build and trial a Warré hive, and traveled to the Apimondia in France 2009 to take part in the first conference session on Warré and top-bar beekeeping. Tim is a second-generation beekeeper, growing up on a large apiary in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

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Included in your course

Your course fee includes the book Natural Beekeeping with the Warre Hive by David Heaf (rrp $30), copies of the necessary forms needed to become a beekeeper in NSW or QLD, and post-course e-resources.

Your course also includes organic fruit + tea + coffee, as well as a light vegetarian lunch on each day. We will also do a tasting of Malfroys Gold seasonal wild honeycomb.

Course participants also have the option of ordering their bees and Warré hives direct from Tim Malfroy. This service is only available to course graduates, as Tim is committed to responsible beekeeping.

About the venue

Rahamim Ecology Center is within a 4.7ha property, known as St Joseph’s Mount. The property includes a heritage house, Logan Brae, as well as accommodation, conference facilities, community gardens and a Warré apiary tended by Tim Malfroy.

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Update: Bookings for this course have now closed. Click here to find any Natural Beekeeping courses we have scheduled.

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