Beekeeping For Beginners
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There is quite a bit to know about managing bees and making sure they are well maintained in order that they do not suffer diseases or malnutrition. I would strongly urge that you attend a short course to arm yourself with enough knowledge to do the right thing. The course will take place just outside Nairne at my home (155 Petwood Road, Petwood, SA, 5254). The course starts at 09:00 and will run through to about 16:30 (on both days) with stops for tea and lunch as required. Students bring their own lunches (See my note below about Pallet Cafe…).
Courses run from October onwards to about the end of March. Please check availability by scrolling through the calendar on this page. In the meantime if I can be of any general beekeeping assistance please drop me an email via the “contact us’ facility on this website.
The available weekends are in green. The fully booked are in red. If you cannot proceed with payment, then the course has no vacant places. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A TWO DAY COURSE OVER THE WEEKEND.
The cost is $200 per person for the course (+ gst). On the second day I will provide smocks and gloves for the hive inspection. If you have your own bee suit then please bring it along if you wish.
I have also built in to my course a discussion about Manuka honey and the Flow hive as they are currently quite hot topics. The course is quite good fun and I am still in touch with quite a few former “students”.
To get started, I would recommend a book produced by the CSIRO and the University of NSW called Bee Agskills. It is excellent. You can buy a hard copy on line for about $25 or download it free if you have iBooks.
If you fancy picking up a cup of something delicious on your way over or a snack for your lunch, why not pop into Pallet Cafe in our local village (Nairne). Marcello and his staff run a wonderful establishment catering for light snacks and lunches. If you give them a call they will arrange for your lunch in advance which will be ready for you to pick up for the course. Have a look at Marcello’s website here. Tell him I sent you.
I have been asked by many people if this course conforms with Cert III in Beekeeping. The course content covers the basics required for Cert III and more. However, I am not a registered RTO as it costs over $8,500 to get accredited, with ongoing annual charges. So, no I do not issue a Cert III and you are not required to have one to keep bees in South Australia. Cert III is aimed at those wishing to become commercial beekeepers.
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The beginners course was the perfect balance between theory and practice for me. Crispin took us through a wealth of information before doing some field work. By the time we were around the hives the value of the theory prep became evident. A really great weekend for anyone interested in beekeeping.
An excellent course. Crispin is an open and engaging presenter with extensive knowledge and experience which he shares via a very good range of subjects in a warm and friendly manner and with plenty of time for discussion and questions. Great practical session, and wonderful morning tea goodies as well! Highly recommended
Thank you for the review Don. I have been incredibly fortunate with those that have attended my courses. Usually a great group of enthusiastic people. I'm glad you enjoyed the courses. Let me know if you need any help. Yours, Crispin.
What a cupla days! The presentation of the course was packed with information which was presented with obvious passion, yet calmly, in lay terms, and always underscoring important environmental and legal issues confronting existing and prospective beekeepers. A most enlightening experience. Thanks Crispin!
Thank you so much Nik. Sorry I didn't reply earlier, I've been a bit under the weather, then ran another course this last weekend. Another group of lovely people.Good luck with beekeeping. If you need any more advice, please do not hesitate to drop me a line. All the best.
Attended Crispins course to kick-start my beekeeping interests. I have only had my bees for a month, so I thought that it was important to get first hand knowledge from someone with experience, and I found the course to be Informative, professional and generous. Not to be missed by anyone with an eye to getting starting in beekeeping.
Thanks Crispin for a great weekend. So much good information delivered with such enthusiasm as you drew me into the macabre, fascinating and totally wonderful world of the honey bee. Your presentation culminating with hands on with your bees has given me the confidence to embark on my own bee journey in a very positive frame of mind with a sound knowledge base.
Confirmed today that I will be receiving my nucs by mid February. This two day course is a terrific introduction to the wonderful world of bees.
Thanks for the kind review Chris. And I'm particularly delighted you have your bees confirmed. I'm an email away if you need me. Crispin.
I attended Crispin's course with my father in law. I just bought a property with bee hives and my father in law is looking into setting up his own hives.
Crispin is extremely knowledgeable and most importantly, conveys his knowledge in a fun, friendly and passionate way, that has now given me the tools and confidence to look after my hives. Also, the father in law is very keen to get started with bees.
The chance to interact with Crispin's bees before the slightly daunting task of doing this solo with my own bees was amazing, as I now have confidence to do so!
I highly recommend.
Hello Rik. Thank you for the review. It was great to not only be able to help you set up your hives, but also teach you how to look after them. I'll get those frames made up for you that you ordered very soon. I thought the attendees on this course were all great fun and very different. Good luck with your cafes and make sure you keep some time to look after and enjoy your bees. Crispin
Two amazingly informative days about beekeeping with a superb presentation given by Crispin. Truly wonderful !
Thank you very much Loene. I’m glad you enjoyed the course. Sorry I couldn’t do much about the chilly weather. It was lovely to have you here over the weekend. Good luck with your bees. If you need advice I am only an email away.
What a weekend! I came to the course with my partner who was very keen to start a beehive. I on the other hand was quite unsure but after this course I'm feeling very excited for us to start! Crispin is a great teacher with so much enthusiasm it's hard not to get excited. The days were packed with really interesting info, hands on experience and delicious morning teas!! Can't recommend more highly!!
Crispin beekeeping, a weekend of fascinating and practical advice .
A small group of 8 meant we could have hands on experience and have all our questions answered. Crispin kept it lighthearted and fun with plenty of anecdotal experience to illustrate
the reality of managing a colony of bees , sighting the queen and extracting honey. All of the group were inspired and confident to plunge headlong into keeping bees.
Plunge away Wendy!!! Thanks for coming along. I thoroughly enjoyed having you all here at the farm. Thank you for taking the time to write a review also. That was kind indeed. Good luck with the bees.
Crispin's course is two days packed with information, but such an excellent starting point for a beginner. Lots of practical guidance and material, hands-on experience with the bees and an honest assessment of the pros & cons of your choices as a new beekeeper. It's paced nicely that you still have time for interactive questions during the sessions. I really appreciated it and would recommend it to anyone, as it was to me.
A big thanks Crispin and I'll be back to see you again in the future.
Hello Paul. Thanks for taking the time to put down some nice words. very kind of you. I must say, that was a great fun group of people on the last course. Thanks for being part of it. All the best.