Designed to give you insights and the confidence to be a beekeeper, our course runs over 2 consecutive days with theory in the morning and practical sessions in the afternoon (weather dependant).
9am to 3pm each day
Franklin Beekeepers clubroom at 137 Sim Road, Paerata
Club master beekeepers
Members and non-members
Keeping bees is an incredibly rewarding activity. There’s a lot to learn and that is where this 2-day course comes into its own. Not only does it teach you the basics of beekeeping, it links you to a wonderful support network of knowledgeable and enthusiastic beekeepers who are extremely generous with their time. They go out of their way to support new beekeepers. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone interested in keeping their own bees or even to those who just want to learn more about these amazing creatures. The price was reasonable, the tone of teaching was encouraging, supportive and patient, the small class size (max 8) was perfect, the theory instructor had excellent instructional technique and teaching materials (booklets, posters, equipment, books) and the practical instructor was very encouraging. On day 1 it’s a bit intimidating holding frames full of bees and it’s really difficult to see eggs and the differences between workers, drones and queens. But by day 2 everything starts to make sense. In 12-months I’ve gone from feeling ignorant and mildly anxious to having strong and healthy hives that are going from strength to strength. I’ve even discarded my protective leather gloves to work bare handed with my gentle bees.
I picked up a heap of valuable information and practical advice for starting to keep bees. The tutor did a great job in explaining everything in simple terms especially the importance of picking up diseases in the hive.
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I'd recommend this course to anyone interested in bees who wants a new hobby. They are amazing creatures and we do need to look after them. After joining the club and doing the course I was confident enough to get bees and now have 2 hives that are doing really well.