The weather is showing signs of cooling off after a long dry summer and the days are starting to shorten… another productive season in the apiary is drawing to a close and so are our beekeeping courses.
We’ve had a great season! Canberra Bees has run three beginner courses and one refresher course, releasing more than 60 new beekeepers into the wild.
The 2017/18 season saw Canberra Bee courses move to a new location in Queanbeyan - a picturesque riverside setting, perfect for the bees and keepers alike. In this new home we have been able to continue our unique full-immersion style of teaching we’ve become renowned for. Our students have suited up and been out at the apiary from day one, and spent hours working the hives in small groups from the get-go. Students have continued to tell us that they are leaving the course with the confidence to own and manage a beehive on their own, which is our overarching goal. We are proud to have students finish a Canberra Bees beekeeping course with a solid understanding of how to be responsible beekeepers, managing productive hives with care for both the bees and the greater environment.
The coming 2018/19 spring and summer season promises to be even more exciting, as we have a number of new projects and course plans in the works - watch this space!
There is still plenty to be done by both the bees and you, the beekeepers, over the early autumn months, but as we close up our courses for the season we encourage you to spend time here on the Canberra Bees Forum page to chat with fellow apiarists about what you’re seeing in the hives, what’s still in flower in your area, your plans are over winter for preparing for next season. There is always lively discussion on the Forum, and plenty of people to help answer questions from our newest beekeepers as you start your journey into this amazing hobby.
Thanks again for your interest in beekeeping.
Eric, Hannah & Sam.