McDonald Honey is bringing our knowledge and experience developed through generations of beekeeping in Castlemaine to the wider local community. Our experience ranges from recreational beekeeping through to a large, fully commercial beekeeping enterprise.
After running beekeeping tutoring for many years at various beekeeping field days on an irregular basis, we are now running regular workshops throughout the year which aim to meet the increased demand for knowledge about honeybees.
Beekeeping is a craft that has been traditionally taught through hands-on teaching methods and many years of practice. This requires an experienced beekeeper who is willing to share their time where you may patiently glean the skill and knowledge about the honeybee and flora from them. However, this is only the beginning. Beekeeping is a lifelong learning endeavour, changing constantly from year to year as the seasons change. This is especially so in Australia, where the predominant sources of honey are generated from the various eucalyptus trees, which are irregular in their flowering patterns.
Workshops are run throughout the year but, as they all involve opening beehives are both weather and demand dependent.
ALL workshops involve a full hive inspection showing how to check the hive for pests and diseases and build confidence in managing the beehive.
August - Intro to Bees and Beekeeping & Spring Management.
September - Intro to Bees and Beekeeping & Spring Management.
October - Intro to Bees and Beekeeping & Spring Management.
November - Intro to Bees and Beekeeping & Honey Harvest.
Febuary - Intro to Bees and Beekeeping & Honey Harvest.
March - Lost Trades Fair display, Kyneton.
April - Intro to Bees and Beekeeping & Autumn Pack Down.
May - Intro to Bees and Beekeeping & Autumn Pack Down.
Check workshop overview below for more details and specific dates.