HANDS-ON LEARNING, EQUIPPING YOU WITH THE SKILLS TO KEEP BEES AT YOUR PLACE.
We’re partnering with Okines Community Garden in Dodges Ferry to bring you a special 6-part series of hands-on permaculture skills. This is workshop #4, Introduction to Smallscale Beekeeping. 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.
If you live in the South East coastal region, you might be eligible for a phenomenal subsidy* to access these courses. To access this discount please type your postcode into the “coupon” field at checkout. If your postcode fall subsidised area, your ticket price will be reduced to $150 before you pay.
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 use as a beginner beekeeper
WHO SHOULD COME TO THIS WORKSHOP?
We’ve designed this workshop as an introduction for folks wanting to get started in growing keeping bees, and for people looking for some extra guidance in refining their beekeeping game.
- Fully catered – it’s going to be delicious,
- Some solid time in the Okines’s Community Garden where you’ll see strategies you can apply to your small or large garden,
- A bee veil,
- 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!
Our caterers will spoil you with food to fill your belly, warm your hearts and inspire you to grow your own. And, of course, we can accommodate any dietary requirements.
Nestled in the Southern Beaches community of Dodges Ferry, Okines Community Garden is an inspiring place to learn, share knowledge and contribute directly to the wellbeing of the land and the people it supports. The gardens consist of mature fruit trees, over 30 raised veggie beds, chickens, bees and an outdoor kitchen providing a hub for shared outdoor meals and a workshop space. ‘The Garden’ is connected to Okines Community House – which provides added space for learning and undercover workshop needs.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
You’ll be provided with clear directions on how to get there prior to the course.
James DaCosta has worked on a huge range of small farms across Tasmanian including running the Hobart City Farm for 6 years (since closed). Originally from NW Tasmania, he was reared on the rich red soils of that region where he grew large and strong like a Kennebec (potato). He is a gardener, bee keeper, and permaculture designer. A natural teacher, James has a knack for inspiring and equipping people with the skills they need to get growing!
Sonja Ralph comes from a botanical science and outdoor education background with a wealth of lived experience in gardening and permaculture principles. She is the Community Garden Coordinator at Okines Community Garden and is a passionate beekeeper, soap maker, fermenter, preserver, gardener, homeschooler, knitter, sourdough baker, naturalist, renovator, radical homemaker!
Subsidies and Discounts
We have partnered with Okines to present this series of workshops for their region. Thanks to Okines, if you live in the Lower South East coast of Tasmania, you will qualify for a significant subsidy – each course will cost you just $150. We strongly encourage people living within the region to enrol, but these courses are also accessible to anyone that wants to join us! Areas that qualify for a subsidy extend from Sorell, to Swansea and down the coast to the whole peninsular, incorporating Dodges Ferry, Carlton, Primrose Sands and Dunalley.
*To get the discount, please enter your postcode in the “COUPON” section – if you are in a qualifying area, and it will automatically make your course $150.00.
**WANT TO LEARN EVERYTHING? Whether you are full-fee-paying or on the subsidised rate, if you purchase all 6 courses (see the full list below), you can get an extra 15% off the second series! To do this, buy the first three, then email us at email@example.com and we will give you the special code. Huzzah for accessible learning!
Sign up to the Okines Series and get skills!
Series A: Available to book now
- Introduction to Permaculture
- Super Soil Skills (take this with #3 to become a gun gardener)
- Grow Your Own Food (perfect followup to #2)
Series B: An extra 15% off Series 2 if you purchase all 6 courses**
Looking for something else? We run lots of workshops – register your interest here and we’ll let you know what’s coming up.
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.
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.