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Workshops

Come and check out the exciting workshops planned for the next couple of months!

Want to learn about composting? Inspired to raise your own chickens for the pot, collect honey, or discover Mediterranean cooking? It’s all there, and so much more!

Download the workshop flyer here with the complete schedule, or visit the workshop page for more details on each workshop.

 

 

Introduction to Top Bar Beehives

September 8, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

*PRIVATE ADDRESS* TBA on registration





Introduction to Top Bar Beehives

8 September 2019

9.00 am – 12 noon

Overview

Thinking of keeping honey bees, but not sure which direction to go?

The first question is: why keep bees? Bees are important are part of the food chain, they are one of the main pollinators that ensure farmers and gardeners alike can harvest their produce. The sad news is that honey bees are under threat worldwide with land clearing, pesticides, and pests and disease being some of the main culprits. We can help by keeping bees in our own backyards where they can readily forage on the flowers and vegetables that we grow for our families.

The next questions are: What sort of bee hive should I invest in? What are my priorities when thinking about installing a bee hive on my property?

Most of us are familiar with (though not the name, perhaps) the Langstroth hive, which is a vertical modular bee hive. Each box contains frames which are easily removed to harvest the honey. These hives are most effective for commercial honey production.

Remember the excitement over the ‘flow hive’? This Australian invention has taken the world by storm with the promise of easy honey extraction. What is not always known is that the flow hive requires the same regular beekeeping practices as other hives to ensure the health of the bees.

Both of the above hive designs have focussed on honey production. However, there are other approaches!

Paul Wood, from Brisbane Backyard Bees advocates for Top Bar Hives, saying that they are sympathetic to the bees’ lifestyle and that this specific design allows bees to live almost as naturally as they would in the wild. In other words, you can still harvest honey, but at the same time, enjoy observing and learning about your bees while providing them with a man-made habitat that mirrors their natural preferences. Fascinating!

This workshop will provide you with the information you need to start up or extend your beekeeping with a Top Bar Hive and a chance to ask questions about the different hives available.

Is this Workshop for you?

Suited to the beginner and the more advanced beekeeper

Conservation is one of the reasons why people keep bees. Others keep them for the hours of fascination watching them come and go and fulfil the multiple roles within their colonies. Still others keep them for pollination and there are those who keep them to collect and use or sell the honey.

If you are any of these people and would like to gain or extend your knowledge in beekeeping – this is the workshop for you!

What you will learn

An all-encompassing introduction to Top Bar honey bee keeping including:

  • How keeping honey bees can help support their population and contribution in this country
  • How Top Bar beehives work
  • First hand intimate look at honey bees at work
  • Equipment and know-how to get you started in honey bee beekeeping
  • Your role in managing your own hive
  • Pests and diseases
  • Demonstration on extracting honey

The knowledge you will take away . . .

You will leave this course with a solid understanding of the different types of bees worldwide and here in Australia. You will understand about their role both in the ecosystem and our food production system.

You will also be armed with the know-how to commence or expand your own beekeeping and an understanding of where to go for more information or help.

In addition, you will meet a lot of other people interested in beekeeping for varied reasons.   You may choose to stay in touch with some of the other participants as a part of your beekeeping journey.


Presenter: Paul Wood

Paul Wood is the Owner and Operator of Brisbane Backyard Bees. Paul has also been recently accredited by the Slow Food movement as a producer of good, clean fair and local food. He supplies European Honey Bee hives and teaches, supervises and mentors individuals and groups wanting to keep honey bees. Paul builds top bar hives that are focused on providing a natural, low interference hive with minimal manipulation and standardisation or exploitation. He is passionate about ensuring a stable location that is rich in diverse forage and is free from chemicals.

Paul lives in suburban Brisbane with a backyard that is a mecca for a vast array of native animals and of course, a heap of honey bees! In the past three years, Paul has supplied top bar hives and mentored over 200 new beekeepers in Brisbane.

Paul loves bees and is distressed by their growing plight. He is excited that there are people who care about them and loves working with these people to help them learn about and conserve honey bees.

Venue: Private residence in Samford Valley. Address available following registration

Inclusions:

  • Morning tea
  • What you need to bring
  • Beekeeper suit if you have one!
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker!

For people with allergies to beestings, please come equipped with appropriate first aid equipment (PARTICIPATION IN THE WORKSHOP IS VOLUNTARY AND AT THE ATTENDEES OWN RISK)

Please wear light coloured clothes, long sleeved shirts and trousers, and closed-in shoes. Also, bring some leather gloves or garden gloves to cover your hands while the hive is being opened.

Please avoid scented products like perfume, hair spray, after shave etc.

Workshop Cost and Bookings

$65 per person


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need to bring along your printed ticket.

What is the refund policy?

Sometimes circumstances change and we understand that occasionally you may not be able to attend a workshop you have paid for, so unless other information has been specified on the individual workshop page and as long as we’re notified 7 days before the workshop starts, your options are:

  • to receive a full refund of your course fee if we can find someone to take your place from our waitlist

  • to transfer your amount paid toward any future course

  • to transfer your ticket to a friend or relative

What does the waitlist do?

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance.

How can I contact the organiser with further questions?

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Genevieve, at ggraves1@icloud.com


Build an Australian Stingless Bee Hive

September 22, 2019, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Millen Farm



Build an Australian Stingless Bee Hive:

$200 + $345 = Total $545 for a 1½ day workshop


1 day for construction – Sunday 22 September 2019 + ½ day 29 September or 6thOctober (participants need only attend one session) for propagation of the colony. 

This is an exciting two-part workshop:

  • Learn about the life of the stingless bees, construct your box
  • propagate the colony with a final pick up in late November

 

Cost = $545 see the breakdown of the cost below, as well as payment details.

 

Overview

Over the day and a half workshop, Bob Luttrell (Bob the Beeman) will take you on a journey of building your own Australian Stingless Bee box. You will not only build a home for your bees, but will also learn how to propagate the new colony into your hive and manage your bees so they are as healthy and happy as possible.

You will leave this workshop with a fully built and functional Australian Stingless Bee box, and a great deal of knowledge about how to look after your Australian Stingless bees. Important to note: ‘nature’ works at its own pace and whilst Bob will guarantee and support the viability of your colony for its first year, he will only release your hive to you when he considers it to be viable, usually six to eight weeks after the propagation.

You will learn all you need to manage and sustain your own Australian Stingless Bees including:

Day 1:

  • An education session on Australian Stingless Bees, their life style, what they need in terms of housing and where they need to be located
  • Step-by-step tuition on how to build an Australian Native Bee box
  • Working in pairs, you will each build your own box over the course of the day – meaning that each participant will have a hive to take home
  • All materials will be provided

The ½ day – the group of participants will be divided, so half will attend on the first ½ day and the other half on the second ½ day:

  • You will learn about maintaining an Australian Native Bee colony
  • You will learn how to ‘seed’ the new hive by working with Bob to propagate your colony from a donor colony
  • Your hive will be complete with a colony of Australian Stingless Bees. Attention: Please see the note above, to ensure the viability of the colony, Bob will care for it for the first 6 weeks to 2 months before releasing it to you.

Is this Workshop for you?

If you have seen these tiny bees in your garden already, and want to take your observations to the next level or you are just keen to venture into Australian Stingless Bee keeping, then this workshop is for you!

The knowledge you will take away

In addition to taking away your own constructed Australian Stingless Bee Box that is populated with a colony, you will also understand how to care for them. You will know how to develop your Australian Stingless Bee population in the future through building more hives and propagating your current colonies.

In addition, you will meet a lot of other people interested in Australian Stingless Bee Keeping!   You may choose to stay in touch with some of the other participants as a part of your Australian Stingless Bee Keeping journey.

Presenters

Bob Luttrell – Bob the Bee Man

Bob the Bee Man has been a local to the Samford Valley for more than 10 years. He is a long time passionate beekeeper and describes himself as meliponiculturalist (one who raises bees), and inventor. Bob is generous with his time and knowledge, and has another passion – sharing his observations and discoveries.

Bob offers rescue services for Australian Stingless Bees that have been disturbed through trees being removed or damaged. He is passionate about rescuing and relocating these little native treasures as well as educating people about how to preserve them.

Bob has reviewed almost all literature available on Australian Stingless Bees, has attended many workshops, even internationally, and is a well-known member of the unheralded stingless beekeepers looking for ways to preserve and promote these critters. Bob’s activities include boxing colonies to investigate what is needed for the domestication of these bees as well as the production of honey and researching optimum box designs.

Bob is full of dreams, that is what spurs his urge to continually observe, ponder and invent, using both low technology and high technology!! A major dream of his is to put stingless bees beside the European Honey Bee, as the true Australian honey bee, and give the quality pot honey that they produce, the recognition that it deserves. He is continually raising awareness and understanding of the life and needs of these fascinating bees.

Venue

This workshop will be held at a private residence. The address for the workshop will be provided following registration.

Inclusions

  • All materials to construct your Australian Stingless Bee box
  • An active colony of bees in your hive
  • Morning and afternoon teas on Day 1
  • Morning tea on Day 2
  • Workshop Notes

What you need to bring

  • A cordless drill
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Picnic Lunch / water bottle on Day 1
  • Water bottle on Day 2
  • Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker!

Workshop Cost and Bookings

$545 per person, which covers:

                                               the workshop registration = $200 – to be paid on registration through Eventbrite

                                          plus materials / bee colony = $345 – to be paid direct to Millen Farm,

                                                                                payment details will be sent upon registration.

Please note, your place will only be secure when the full amount $545 has been paid.

FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have your details.

What is the refund policy?

Sometimes circumstances change and we understand that occasionally you may not be able to attend a workshop you have paid for, so unless other information has been specified on the individual workshop page and as long as we’re notified 7 days before the workshop starts, your options are:

  • to receive a full refund of your course fee if we can find someone to take your place from our waitlist

  • to transfer your amount paid toward any future course

  • to transfer your ticket to a friend or relative

What does the waitlist do?

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance.

How can I contact the organiser with further questions?

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Genevieve at ggraves1@icloud.com

Family Fun Day at Millen Farm – Pay on entry $5 per family

October 20, 2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm



Family Fun Day at Millen Farm

Sunday 20 October

10-12 followed by a  self-catered picnic

 Overview

It makes sense that we all love growing what we eat, and children are no different. This fun day on the farm will give you and your family an opportunity to learn about how you can start building your own food gardens like fruit trees and veggies, while fostering the child love of getting dirty and playing in the garden.

In this fun day we will show you how to use worm farms and compost teas in your garden. We will take a walk through our farm and discuss garden design to maximise the use of land and water resources and you’ll get to plant out a veggie bed with your kids. We’ll also build an insect home that your child can take home and place in their own garden to encourage beneficial insects.

Is this fun day for you?

Who doesn’t want more fun in their lives? This fun day aims to foster a love of nature and growing food for children, as well as providing adults with a background to how to go about growing their own food.


You will learn about:

Children can learn new skills, have fun, socialise and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food.

Our adult attendees will learn about how they can start growing their own food. It is also an opportunity for already avid gardeners to ask your growing questions of Arran, our resident farmer.

The day will include:

2 hours farming and building an insect hotel, followed by a BYO picnic on Millen Farm


Presenter: Arran Heidmann


Venue:Millen Farm: 2204 Mt Samson Road, Samford


Inclusions:Your own insect hotel to take home 

  • What you need to bring
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Picnic or your family


Workshop Cost and Bookings : $5 per family group payable on the day


Note: All children need to be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult or 2. The area around the farm is currently a construction site. All children will need adult supervision.

This event is conducted by Millen Farm for a minimal cost, with support from the Moreton Bay Regional Council.


FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have your details.

What is the refund policy?

Sometimes circumstances change and we understand that occasionally you may not be able to attend a workshop you have paid for, so unless other information has been specified on the individual workshop page and as long as we’re notified 7 days before the workshop starts, your options are:

  • to receive a full refund of your course fee if we can find someone to take your place from our waitlist

  • to transfer your amount paid toward any future course

  • to transfer your ticket to a friend or relative

What does the waitlist do?

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance.

How can I contact the organiser with further questions?

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Genevieve at ggraves1@icloud.com