Intro to Backyard Beekeeping

Next Available: Sat, 07 Sep 10:00AM
5.0 hours
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In this workshop you can expect to learn everything from the inner workings of a bee hive 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.

Trainer Bio: Benedict Hughes – The Practical Beekeeper

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

Benedict is a member of the Beekeeper State Quarantine Response Team with the Victorian Government (emergency beekeeper), is the resident Beekeeper at Ceres in Brunswick 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. Benedict also delivers adult educational courses at Melbourne Polytechnic and CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies), Melbourne’s award-winning, not for profit sustainability centre.

You can find him on Facebook and Instagram as The Practical Beekeeper


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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
What you will get
  • Weather permitting we'll also open a hive and have a hands-on demonstration

What to bring
  • Notepad
  • Writing materials
  • Washing up gloves
  • Wide brim hat (not a sombrero)
What to wear

Casual, long sleeves, long pants

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15 December 2018 • Intro to Backyard Beekeeping

Great course. Benedict does a fantastic job as a teacher.


19 November 2018 • Intro to Backyard Beekeeping

Very interested and informative course. It covered a lot of details including biology of bees. If you want to start a beehive for honey production then this is a good place to start. I loved it because I have an interest and my husband has beehives and is starting management of them. It satisfied both our requirements.


17 November 2018 • Intro to Backyard Beekeeping

Bee keeping by Benedict at Ceres gave an excellent start point for absolute beginners like me. Benedict is a gentle soul who is very knowledgeable about bees. The course had a practical and classroom parts. He showed us how to treat bees respectfully and patiently answered all our million questions. I highly recommend this course to anyone who want to learn an overall view of bee keeping. Rest comes with experience and time.

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