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Backyard Beekeeping

Course Outline

Would you like to harvest your own honey? It’s easy to have a few hives and then let the bees do most of the work for you. Learn everything you need to know about bees, the equipment needed and how much honey you can expect. Find out what other products you can make such as beer, candles, soap and cosmetic creams. Honey tasting and comprehensive notes are provided and places are limited.

• Introduction to the Course
• What is honey?
• History of beekeeping
• Honey flora – the importance of bees

• Legislation – locating the hive
• How to get the bees
• Honey bees – castes, lifecycles, re-queening
• Swarming
• Catching a swarm

• Collecting the pollen and nectar
• Bee hive – hive management
• Splitting a hive
• Re-locating a hive

• Harvesting the honey – types of honey
• Honey bee products – honeycomb, beer, etc.
• Australian native bees
• Bee stings

• Bee health
• Harvesting the wax
• Beeswax uses – candles, cosmetics, soap, etc.
• Flow Hive
• Top-bar hive
• Practical demonstration – extracting the honey from the honeycomb
• Course review
This will be an interactive zoom session with plenty of time for all your questions to be answered.

Virtual Classroom

This course will be delivered using virtual classroom via Zoom. Zoom is easy to use video conferencing software with a simple set up. You will be able to see your trainer and classmates and interact as though you were in the same room, all from the comfort of your own home!

This is what you need to join a Zoom classroom:

  • Understanding the basics of using Zoom – see our free Zoom tutorial by clicking here.
  • Access to a computer, iPad/tablet or smartphone; and
  • A webcam* so that you can be seen by the trainer; and
  • A microphone* so that you can participate in the class and be heard by the trainer; and
  • A good Internet connection.

*If you have a laptop computer a webcam and microphone is usually built into the top of the screen frame. Smartphones and iPad/tablets also contain cameras and microphones.

Once you have watched our free tutorial and experimented with Zoom, if you still have questions, we are offering free Q & A Zoom sessions with one of our experienced trainers. See our Zoom page for available dates by clicking here.

About the tutor

Judith Sleijpen graduated from Ryde School of Horticulture with distinction in Urban Horticulture and gained experience in the retail nursery industry for several years. As a Member of the Horticultural Media Association, Judith writes a monthly gardening column for “Peninsula Living” and has also published articles in “Landscape Contractor and Manager”, “Better Homes and Gardens”, “Gardens and Outdoor Living” and “The Garden Gurus”.Passionate about plants, gardens and bees, she is a Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, a former Committee Member of the Sydney Executive Committee of Open Gardens Australia and a former member of the Speakers' Bureau of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Apart from conducting her garden design and horticultural consultancy business, “Gardens, Balconies and Beyond”, Judith is a tour leader for the David Jones Flower Show and judges garden competitions in Ryde, Camden, Campbelltown, Bayside and Randwick.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

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Course testimonials:

  • Judith is an excellent instructor and obviously very passionate about her subject.
  • Really enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of Judith who clearly loves her subject matter and teaches it so well. I learned a huge amount during the day.
  • The facilitator, Judith Sleijpen, was fabulous. She was full of information and so generous with her knowledge. I had a great day.

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113