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Introduction to small-scale beekeeping – Feb

February 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


A one-day introduction to small-scale beekeeping 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 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.


  • 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 langstrothwarre 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


    • A bee veil,
    • Morning and afternoon tea and treats,
    • A whole bunch of new bee friends and networks to stay in contact with, and
    • Course notes, jam-packed with information to support you to be a gun beekeeper!


img_6834James Da Costa
grew up on the NW coast of Tasmania and currently lives in lovely Hobart town. He has been keeping bees on a backyard scale for the past 6 years and throughout this time has been collecting and re-homing swarms and wild colonies of honey bees. He currently manages around 6 hives in suburban settings, is a founding member of the Hobart City Farm (since closed) and has a background in permaculture design, community engagement and small-scale food systems. Over the past two years, 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 people’s diverse situations.




Andrea Persico has been beekeeping over ten years, starting with her first hive in Italy, and more recently keeping over 50 hives and teaching backyard beekeeping in the Illawarra. Andrea is passionate about community and shared resources, founding the Make-Do Library of Things before moving to the Huon Valley. 



We’re holding this course at the Sustainable Learning Centre in Mt Nelson, Hobart. We’ll provide all details on how to get there for our students just before the course..



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.


Please note, this workshop will be run in accordance to Covid-19 guidelines recommended at the time. If you are unwell with flu like symptoms we ask you to please not attend the workshop – contact us beforehand to discuss options.

Looking to learn other hands-on skills?

We run lots of workshops – register your interest here and we’ll let you know what’s coming up.

* Feeling keen? You can read more about different types of beehives here.


February 13
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sustainable Learning Centre
50 Olinda Grove, Mt Nelson
Hobart, Tasmania Australia
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Good Life Permaculture


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