Venue Chicken Shed (Craft Studio)
Running time 120 minutes
£150 for a five week course
Next date 21st October 6:30 pm
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About this course
Monday evening class: five weeks from 21 October – 18 November, 6.30 to 8.30pm
Bee-Centered Beekeeping is a course which puts the bee’s needs needs first, guided by honeybee biology and their behaviour in the wild.
During this five-week course you will learn the art of gentle beekeeping, also variously described as natural beekeeping, bee-centric beekeeping, balanced beekeeping or natural bee husbandry.
You’ll have the chance to taste local honeys and prepare a hive to welcome the bees.
We’ll explore how to help honeybees be less stressed and healthier, adapt to Varroa Destructor (a honeybee mite) and ultimately be more independent from us. We’ll question if and when it’s truly helpful for us to intervene.
We will focus on the Warré hive, but the bee-centric principles are applicable to a range of bee hives. You will get to handle an example Warré beehive and get some practical experience waxing top bars and preparing other elements of the hive.
Whilst harvesting honey isn’t treated as a given, we will discuss how to know if the bees have any to spare and taste some honey together in celebration of our relationship with the honeybee.
Participants will be invited to visit an apiary after the course.
Emily Reed is extremely active in the world of beekeeping and local food. She is presently working with The London Honey Company and Grown in Totnes, as well as working to re-establish a locally adapted strain of the nationally threatened native honeybee through her project Black Bee Combe where she seeks to demonstrate ethical beekeeping by using hives which support honeybees’ natural preferences and by practicing minimal intervention beekeeping.
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