Beginning Beekeeping course - Edendale Farm

Learn what is involved in keeping your own beehive

Next Available: Sat, 20 Feb 9:00AM (AEDT) (1 more date)
7 hours
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If you are planning on become a beekeeper or just interested in finding out more about bees and beekeeping then this course is for you. 

Come along to Edendale Farm to one of our beginners courses and get to understand what beekeeping is all about.

In the beginning beekeeping workshop you can expect to learn everything from the inner workings of a bee hive to the amazing properties of raw honey; how to maintain a healthy hive; to the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check. Weather permitting we'll also open a hive and have a hands-on demonstration working with hives in the Edendale apiary.

The class is limited to 15 people, and we will start the day with a small amount of practical discussion in the classroom and then followed by a hands on day opening and inspecting the hives. If you have a Flow hive we can certainly help with all your questions!

The Class is suitable for adults and teenagers who are interested to get started or learn about bees.

What should I wear/bring ? Most of our classes take place outdoors so you’ll need clothing suitable for the weather on the day.  Even if it is very hot you will need long pants, long sleeves and closed shoes for the practical part of the day.  We supply all beekeeping suits.  You’ll also need gardening gloves or similar, sunscreen and a bottle of water.

Is there parking available? Yes there is plenty of parking available at Edendale. full class details will be emailed a week before the date

Do I need to bring lunch? Yes we do provide coffee and tea but please bring a packed lunch or you may be able to buy some from the nearby cafe

How old do you need to be to do the course? We usually suggest an age of 13 and above for the adult courses but feel free to contact me if you have a special request

About Us: A well-known registered Beekeeper, Benedict is "The Practical Beekeeper". Benedict collects swarms, manages beehives and delivers educational courses. Benedict is a full time beekeeper specializing in Urban beekeeping and he manages a number of hives in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

Benedict has a background and passion for permaculture, sustainability, horticulture and landscape architecture and is passionate about sharing ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

He also enjoys running school education programs which focus on promoting backyard beekeeping. In 2014 Benedict successfully ran the crowd funding campaign Bringing back the bees, which raised funds for Beekeeping at CERES and Taranaki Farm http://pozi.be/beekeeper.

He is also President of Australian Pollinator Alliance

Benedict also manages a number of hives in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and produces small batch, seasonal Raw Local honey. The Practical Beekeeper honey is single source, small batch minimally filtered, cold extracted and packed here in Melbourne. Benedict is a passionate believer in sustainability and so he focuses on beekeeping where the welfare of the bees is paramount.

To find out more about The Practical Beekeeper you can follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PracticalBeekeeper and you can also subscribe to his YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/HealthyOrganics


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What you will learn
  • Getting started with backyard beekeeping
  • How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check
  • The wonders of pure raw honey and an understanding of honey extraction
What you will get
  • Detailed course notes and online references
  • An understanding of how to get started keeping bees in your backyard
Parking Info

Ride or walk

Bike ride or walk along the bike trail that links Diamond Creek to the main Yarra Trail.

Walk from the following bus stops:

578 Eltham to Warrandyte via Kangaroo Ground
579 Eltham to Warrandyte via Research – Warrandyte Road
582 Eltham to Research
580 Eltham to Eltham South.

Get the train to Eltham station, then bike ride or walk along the path to Edendale Community Environment Farm (30 minute walk).
Car parking

Park at the Eltham North Reserve Adventure Playground, Wattletree Road, Eltham. Walk to Edendale following the signs on the walking trail which leads across the Diamond Creek to the northern entrance of Edendale Community Environment Farm. This takes 5 minutes and is the closest car park to the Indigenous Plant Nursery (Melway 22 A1)

Front Gate: Enter from Gastons Road. Park at the Front Gate car park and walk up the pedestrian only driveway.

On-site parking: Enter from Gastons Road. 28 spaces available, including two disabled spaces

What to bring
  • Just need lunch, Sunscreen and a water bottle, all bee suits provided
What to wear

As we will be working outdoors it is important to wear sturdy footwear with no open toes. Also please remember long trousers and a long sleeve shirt with collar if possible. All bee suits and gloves are provided.

Appropriate for

Beginner beekeepers wanting to learn how to best manage their beehives.

Refund Policy

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place. Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.

Terms & Conditions

Participation in Beekeeping classes and workshops are at your own risk. Whilst we take every precaution to take reasonable care of our customers, we acknowledge that bees and the natural environment can pose risk, and your attendance at our classes waives our liability for any injuries that occur. Payment of class or event is confirmation of your place(s) in the class. Minimum numbers apply for each class, if we require the class(es) to be postponed or cancelled, a refund or re-allocation to the same class or a different class of the same value will be offered.

Photography Consent

We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @practical_beekeeper or with our community. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins. You can send us an email prior to class or just give us a heads up at the start of class.

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Terms & Conditions

Due to the uncertainty of COVID 19, we may need to postpone our classes. In the case of postponement your booking will be transferred to another date. 

Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place. If you are unable to attend on the day, last minute cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.

Disclaimer:  Beekeeping material & information published and/or presented in any of our training courses or workshops, leaflets or on The Practical Beekeeper website is produced in good faith & for general information and The Practical Beekeeper or its proprietors will not be liable for any loss suffered by any person for action taken on the basis of such information.

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10 February 2020 • Beginning Beekeeping course - Edendale Farm

Well presented with a vast amount of knowledge, the day seemed to fly past and would recommend to anyone from those with an interest to those who keep bees and want to expand their knowledge.


09 February 2020 • Beginning Beekeeping course - Edendale Farm

In keeping with the "practical' title this is indeed a very useful course. It enabled us to have the insight to enthuse us to begin beekeeping and the confidence that it was doable. Albeit in the latter this is a significant and no doubt very rewarding undertaking. Well done to Benedict and Ashton the two very knowledgeable instructors. Thoroughly enjoyable day. Paul


09 February 2020 • Beginning Beekeeping course - Edendale Farm

Wonderful day at the delightful Edendale Farm. The day was packed full of information, and Benedict was very happy to answer everyone's questions. There is so much to learn about the bees, and this was a wonderful introduction. I really enjoyed the practical part, of seeing the hives in action, and seeing how to work the bees. A great day, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Many thanks indeed.

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