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Introduction to Small-Scale Beekeeping

March 28, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop has now sold out. If you’d like to hear about future workshops email us at hello@goodlifepermaculture.com.au
A one day introduction course designed for the beginner and novice beekeeper keen to have one (or a few) hives in their homes. We’ll guide you through the key foundations of bee theory and bee action so that by the end of the day you’ll be either ready to start on your bee journey, add to it or refine it.

This workshop will

Provide the theory you need to get started in beekeeping
Discuss the importance of bees in our food systems, key threats to their health and how you can help them out
Show you three different types of hives – the langstroth, warre and top bar beehive and how they work so you can make an informed decision for your own place
Open a live hive so you can see how to manage and work with bees on a practical level
Introduce you to some of the simple and best tools to utilise as a beginner beekeeper

Students receive

A bee veil
A jar of local honey
Morning and afternoon tea and treats (BYO lunch)
 A whole bunch of new bee friends and networks to stay in contact with
Course notes, chockers (that means ‘full’) with information to get you well on your way to keeping bees

Your Teachers
Anton Vikstrom is a sustainability specialist (and a self confessed renaissance man) with over 15 years experience in urban agriculture, renewable energy, international development, energy efficiency and sustainability. In recent years, honey bees have crept into his list of passions and he currently keeps top bar hives and is looking to expand in numbers and types this season. Anton is one of those rare breeds with both deep theoretical knowledge and practical capabilities. Over the years, this has seen him work for the Alternative Technology Association, Cultivating Community and Sustainable Living Tasmania. At the same time he has finally honed his practical skills in everything from off-grid solar power, carpentry, landscaping, brewing beers and wines, fermenting, kite making and sewing.     James Da Costagrew up on the NW coast of Tasmania and currently living in lovely Hobart town. He has been keeping bees on a backyard scale for the past 4 years and throughout this time has been collecting and re-homing swarms and wild colonies of honey bees. He currently manages around 5 hives in suburban settings, is a board member of Permaculture Tasmania and has a background in permaculture design, community engagement and small scale food systems. Over the past year he has been building and sampling the workings of a few different hive designs and is interested in the effects of these designs on bee health, behaviour and how their unique designs and construction methods lend themselves to peoples diverse situations.
Order your bee hive now!
An optional part of this workshop is to purchase a beehive handmade by James Da Costa. James can build you either a warre, langstroth or a top bar hive (clever bloke). Contact us at hello@goodlifepermaculture.com.au for further information about additional costs.
We’re hosting this one day extravaganza in central Tarroona across two nearby locations. We’ll provide complete instructions and maps to students prior to the course.
Cancellation policy
There is no refund available for this course. If you’re unable to make it we encourage you to pass your place onto friends or family – alternatively you’re welcome to put it towards one of our future courses.
Feeling keen? You can read more about different types of beehives here.


March 28, 2015
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Good Life Permaculture