Backyard Beekeeping powered by Eltham Rotary

Next date: Saturday, 22 May 2021 | 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Bee on yellow flower

In conjunction with Eltham Rotary Club Edendale is offering this special 2 hour presentation to help celebrate world bee day by learning more about the amazing Honeybee.

Are you already started in beekeeping but want to know more? Maybe you are just looking to learn more about how to manage a beehive as part of your urban farm or permaculture setup. This course provides you with an insight into the skills and experience required to safely and effectively manipulate a bee hive and carrying out general management practices.

The workshop is suitable for participants aged from 10 years onwards.

In addition to providing you with a broad understanding of the history and biology of a colony of European honey bees, at the end of the course participants will know how important bees are in our food systems and what steps need to be taken to get started in beekeeping. 

The workshop has plenty of time for questions and answers. Participants will leave with all the enthusiasm to get started as beekeepers and have the opportunity to buy some honey from the Edendale hives.

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Trainer bio

Benedict Hughes is a fully qualified trainer and a well-known registered Beekeeper. As The Practical Beekeeper he collects swarms, manages hives, extracts honey, teaches and loves bees.

Benedict is a member of the Beekeeper State Quarantine Response Team with the Victorian Government (emergency beekeeper). He is the resident Beekeeper at Ceres Environment Park in Brunswick and is approved by the City of Darebin to keep bees in Darebin Parklands and Bundoora Park Farm.

Benedict regularly runs sessions about bees and about backyard beekeeping for kids and adults. He can be found on Facebook and Instagram as “PracticalBeekeeper”


Here’s what some past students have to say about Benedict’s courses.


Erin, March 2016

Benedict is a fantastic teacher. Very knowledgeable, patient and happy to ask questions. He gave us a lot of information and practical guidance and skills. I feel very confident about getting my own hive...and I know who to call if I need help! I loved the balance of practical and theory in the session. I loved seeing the bees and being shown how to identify real things...finding grubs, the queen, different cells etc.

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  • Saturday, 22 May 2021 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM


Edendale Community Environment Farm, 30 Gastons Rd, Eltham 3095  View Map

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