Beginner Course - Thursday evenings – 2nd September – 30th September 2021 (5 evenings in total). Each session will run from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm.

Plus two field days at the Club’s Chartwell or Wingate apiaries on dates to be advised.

Course Aims:

  1. To provide practical experience in manipulating a bee hive and carrying out general management practices
  2. To provide an understanding of the physiology of a bee colony

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify bee life cycles
  • Understand the mechanisms of a bee colony
  • Understand the terminology used in the beekeeping industry
  • Identify beehive component parts
  • Manage bee colonies for survival and productivity
  • Inspect and manipulate a bee hive

Topics covered:

  • Protective clothing and occupational health and safety
  • Opening a hive, hive components and assembly
  • Bee biology and seasonal management
  • Honey flora
  • Legislation
  • Diseases and pests of bees
  • Extracting and storing honey
  • Inspecting hive for disease
  • Honey marketing, food safety and record keeping
  • Purchasing hives
  • Other products from the hive
  • Industry structure

Cost $250 which includes an instructional workbook . Participant numbers limited to 20.

Minimum of 10 participants for the course to proceed. Participants must be current club members.

The course will be held in the Johnsonville Community Centre, Trust Room (room at the top of the stairs from the main hall entrance on Moorefield Road).

Register Here

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Registration received. You must now pay the fee of $250 to the club bank account (refer https://www.beehive.org.nz/club-info/) to complete the process.

 

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