This three-hour, hands-on workshop will give you a window into the fascinating world of natural backyard beekeeping, focusing on the European Honeybee (Apis Mellifera).
The topics in this course will be explored with an emphasis on natural bee-friendly beekeeping, whereby the needs of the colony are given as much respect and significance as those of the beekeeper. In this course, you’ll join Adam as some small starter hives are opened and inspected (weather dependant). The day will cover:
Basic bee biology
The positive and negative aspects of different hive designs
How to interact with and care for your bees
Necessary beekeeping equipment
Siting your hive
Processing honey and making mead
Provided: Post-course notes and resources. Fresh honeycomb and mead will be provided for afternoon tea
Adam Kennedy is a Permaculture Educator, Beekeeper, and fermentation enthusiast. When he caught his first bee swarm, he was hooked…the hives kept on multiplying along with Adams’ deep interest for the magic world of bees. He has been incredibly fortunate to be working with and learning from natural beekeeper Tim Malfroy in his apiaries in the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains for the past seven years, as well as assisting on Tim’s Natural Beekeeping courses with Milkwood Permaculture.
Adam has hives in backyards across Sydney and his main Apiaries in Faulconbridge and Hazelbrook, in the mid Blue Mountains. He is particularly interested in working with “wild” colonies in the hope that their genetic diversity will provide increased resilience when the Varroa mite arrives in force to Australia. He is also addicted to making wild fermented mead.
Pocket City Farms is continuously updating our covid practices to make our workshops and events as safe as possible, following the current guidelines and recommendations.
Pocket City Farms has a comprehensive COVID safe plan that is regularly updated in line with Government requirements and this may include requiring all volunteers and visitors to be fully COVID vaccinated and have the appropriate vaccination evidence prior to attending the farm. If you have any questions in relation to this please contact us via email@example.com.
Alongside our work health and safety procedures, our COVID-19 plan ensures we keep our guests and staff safe and compliant with government requirements at all times.
Our COVID-19 plan safety measures to reduce transmission risk including, but not limited to:
Limiting event capacity;
Practicing social distancing;
Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with local guidelines;
Encouraging regular, thorough hand washing;
Coordinating individually-portioned lunch items (reducing the risk of contamination via communal serving dishes);
Ensuring our staff do not come to work if they experience COVID-19 symptoms and to get tested asap.