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Responsible Backyard Beekeeping for Beekeepers

March 7, 2015 @ 9:00 am - March 8, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Beekeeping Workshop

“a local solution to a serious global problem”

About the workshop

There has never been a more urgent time to do backyard beekeeping. Honeybees are in peril across the planet and we all have a responsibility to preserve and maintain the species and ensure natural, efficient pollination of plant species and our food sources.

Backyard beekeeping is the simplest, most effective and responsible way to solve the global problems of the vanishing honey bee and decline in natural systems and to ensure the maintenance of natural pollination, local food security and global bio-diversity.

This workshop will help you understand the value of the honey bee, the holistic, integral role they play in eco-systems and the importance of backyard beekeeping for your own health, the health of your community and the health of the planet. Learn about:

  • the key issues and management techniques
  • bee hive design options and how to make them
  • how to integrate your bees into your backyard, farm and permaculture system
  • how to pursue this important activity in the best possible, most responsible way for you the beekeeper, the bees and your community
  • maximizing productivity and extraction
  • responsible urban management for beekeeping.

People practicising beekeeping will benefit the most from this workshop. We would recommend the Beekeeping for Beginners workshop for total beginners to beekeeping to learn the basics first. The workshop includes both theory and hands on practical sessions on all types of beekeeping tips and techniques. Participants will get hands on experience opening and handling a hive. You will see first hand different bee hive options and design systems and learn about the key differences of each.

This will be a fun packed hands-on weekend with bee experts learning all about how to manage bees in the simpliest, most efficient, safest and productive way. You will get the information, skills and confidence to deal with all the important basics and key things to look out for and do if and when needed. You will be able to go home and start beekeeping successfully or improve your beekeeping techniques you currently employ. Take another step closer towards become a more responsible producer rather than a dependent consumer. Become more self-reliant and in control of your food locally by producing your own backyard honey and ensuring a secure source of honey locally.

Some beekeeping resources will be available for purchase.

About the trainers

Sherri McMahon and Ingrid Cullen
Sherri and Ingrid Photo
Sherri and Ingrid are farmers in the historic valley of St Albans. They manage their own farm business “She-Ing Farm” from which they make a livelihood and sustain themselves financially. Since purchasing their rural property in 1997, Sherri and Ingrid have subsequently regenerated the land from scratch turning it from a sandy, degenerated unproductive site to a highly productive, diverse, and sustainable property. Sherri and Ingrid built their own house, and have self developed their property into an excellent demonstration site for a productive working farm. They grow their own produce; sell produce; farm and slaughter their own livestock (including cattle, sheep and poultry); log and mill their own timber; and farm in a humane and sustainable way. They also have a successful farm maintenance business. “The Girls” as they are known in the valley are highly   of other community activities. They are both extremely capable and highly skilled rural women who have extensive and in depth knowledge of all aspects of rural property management and who provide excellent leadership examples of sustainable, self-reliant and resilient living. The girls are passionate to extend and improve their property using a range of principles and techniques drawn from permaculture, organic and sustainable farming practices.   They are also passionate to share the knowledge they have gained to help others find and develop sustainable farm practices.

Sherri McMahon
Sherri provides a no nonsense insight into the workings of a rural property and will help all participants understand what they need to know to run a successful rural property in a sustainable way. Sherri has a certificate 2 and 3 in Agriculture from the Hunter Institute as well a several other awards and agricultural training certificates. Sherri grew up on her family’s traditional 1500 acre mixed production farm, running 200 sheep, cattle and crops in the Snowy Mountains area and was very much part of the farm team.    She left the family farm to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Canberra University, and after graduation joined the Federal Police as a photographer, rising to become a senior investigator.  She then travelled extensively through her work, including heading the Vulnerable Persons Unit in the UN peace-keeping mission in East Timor in 2001. She was an Australian champion in athletics and power lifting.

Ingrid Cullen
Ingrid has organic gardening genes in her DNA. She comes from a family of organic gardeners and farmers from Lorne in Northern NSW and her enormous repertoire of rural skills and knowledge are largely a product of her upbringing on the family’s diverse 100 acre farm. Ingrid went on to a Visual Arts Degree at Sydney College of the Arts and has a Certificate 2 and 3 in Agriculture as well as accreditation in the area of fitness, wellness, and massage. She too was a serial competitor and Australian champion in power lifting and rowing.  For many years Ingrid worked as a personal fitness and wellness trainer in community gyms and not for profit organizations. She specialised in working with people with HIV-AIDS and was awarded the World AIDS Day award for her work.

This will be a fun filled, interesting weekend held in the beautiful setting of Permaculture Sydney Institutes rural demonstration site.

Workshop Program

This workshop will cover practical and theoretical information about responsible backyard beekeeping including the importance of this activity; how to make and maintain your bee hives for maximum productivity and efficiency as well as how to integrate them into your permaculture system. In particular you will learn about:

  • The importance of beekeeping
  • History
  • Bee biology, life cycle and colonies
  • Significant things to look out for
  • Things to worry about & how to deal with them
  • Pests, diseases and methods of control
  • How to manage on a seasonal basis
  • Flora species for bees natives, exotics, weeds
  • Swarms and feral V managed
  • Permaculture and beekeeping
  • Hive systems, and how to build and manage
  • Extraction methods
  • Beekeeping resources



March 7, 2015 @ 9:00 am
March 8, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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(02) 4568 2036


Hat, gloves, camera, long sleave shirt, bee veil (if you have one), water bottle. All other materials will be provided and included in the workshop fee.
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workshop, organic lunches, morning and afternoon teas and all course materials.