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Natural Beekeeping: Feb 2013: Sydney
Natural Beekeeping: Feb 2013: Sydney
Feb 23 2013 - Feb 24 2013  9:00am - 5:00pm
Alexandria Park Community Centre - Sydney
Natural Beekeeping


Join Tim Malfroy of Malfroy's Gold as he leads you through the basics of bee-friendly, natural, organic, small-scale beekeeping. You will leave this course with a competent knowledge of the fundamentals of natural beekeeping, and be ready to take the plunge and keep your own bees, Warré style!

The course will focus on a style of apiculture that is exclusively designed for the small-scale beekeeper.

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This bee-friendly method aims to care for the bees, allow them to control their own environment, and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping, resulting in healthy contented bees, and superb raw honey.

This course is a series of presentations that draw a wide perspective on the evolution of flowering plants and honeybees, and the long and rich tradition of apiculture. There will be open discussion, and loads of practical advice!

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‘The knowledge of bees is the basis of the beekeeper’s success; and for all other people who, amidst the whirl of present-day technology, still prove to have a clear feeling for lively Nature, they are a source of joyful edification.’

Karl Von Frisch
The Dancing Bees 1927

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Rather than limit the discussion to merely the role of the beekeeper and how to keep bees, Tim will talk extensively about the amazing social behavior and biology of the honeybee, giving you a solid grounding in the intricate world of the honeybee and how to approach keeping them in an ethical, sustainable manner.

Depending on weather conditions, we usually also visit a small urban Warré apiary site to be closer to the bees. Although this session may involve inspecting a hive or harvesting honey, the hallmark of this style of beekeeping is low-intervention; this is not a heavily ‘hands on’ course, although all discussion will be focused on the practicalities of keeping bees.

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You will learn the ins and outs of sustainable beekeeping in general, and leave this course all ready to take the plunge of keeping your own bees!

The course will focus on the The People’s Hive of Émile Warré, of which Tim is a pioneer in Australia. Tim is a second-generation beekeeper, growing up on a large apiary in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • warré combEvolution of the Honeybee and flowering plants
  • History of Honey Hunting & Beekeeping
  • Beehives throughout History   
  • Beekeeping in Australia
  • Honeybees: Understanding the Super Organism
  • Biology of the Honeybee
  • The Importance of Natural Comb
  • The People’s Hive of Émile Warré
  • Getting Set-Up for Beekeeping: Buying bees, hives & equipment
  • Site and Forage Assessment     
  • Forms required for keeping bees
  • Situating beehives in urban areas - backyards + rooftops
  • Handling bees gently and confidently
  • Introducing your bees to the hive
  • Ensuring the ongoing health of your colony
  • Pests & Diseases
  • Swarming
  • Raw honey & comb harvesting techniques
  • Honey appreciation
  • Strategies for safe and successful beekeeping within a neighborhood
  • Planting a Bee-friendly garden
  • Native Bees

About the teacher

Tim MalfroyTim Malfroy is the founder of the award-winning Malfroy’s Gold honey label with his wife Emma, and has been practicing organic and biodynamic beekeeping since he started keeping his own bees in 2006.

In 2008 he was the first beekeeper in Australia to build and trial a Warré hive, and traveled to the Apimondia in France 2009 to take part in the first conference session on Warré and top-bar beekeeping. Tim is a second-generation beekeeper, growing up on a large apiary in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or get in contact with us to arrange payment by credit card over the phone, or cheque or direct deposit.

As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner, couples and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.

Included in your course

honeycombYour course fee includes extensive course notes, copies of the necessary forms needed to become a beekeeper in NSW as well as tea, coffee and organic fruit throughout the course.

Course participants also have the option of ordering their bees and Warré hives direct from Tim Malfroy. This service is only available to course graduates, as Tim is committed to responsible beekeeping.

Can't make these course dates? Have a look at our other upcoming natural beekeeping courses, held in Sydney and at Milkwood Farm near Mudgee.

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Alexandria Park Community Centre
Alexandria Park Community Centre   -   Website
Park Road, Alexandria


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Our Sydney course venue is Alexandria Park Community Centre, set in the grounds of Alexandria Community School, on the corner of Park Road and Power Avenue. This amazing place has multiple thriving community gardens, school gardens, a bush tucker garden and outdoor classroom learning areas.

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Getting there by Train: The venue is 15 minutes walk from Redfern Station. Take the Gibbons St exit and continue south. Gibbons St will become Wyndham St, and soon you will reach Alexandria Park on your right. Cut through the park to the corner of Park Rd and Power Avenue, and there you are. Cityrail website.

Getting there by Bus: The 370 and 355 bus routes run along McEvoy St, one block from the venue. Sydney Buses website.

Parking: There is ample street parking around the school.

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Reading List

Prior to attending your course, you might like to take a look at our ever-expanding reading list,a bunch of recommended and practical texts on Permaculture, sustainable agriculture and community resilience.

None of these texts are pre-requisite for our courses, we just like to be able to provide suggestions on background reading, in case you're champing at the bit to get going.

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