TAFE SA will begin offering a short course in beekeeping this month, on the back of growing interest from backyard beekeepers and demand for local niche honey products.
The two-day short course, which will be held at TAFE SA’s Urrbrae campus and a beekeeping site in the Adelaide Hills on 17 and 18 March, will cover everything from introducing new hives and diseases to honey extraction and the legal requirements of keeping bees.
Lecturer Corry Rounsevell said beekeeping had become more popular with the introduction of flow hives, which make it much easier to extract honey.
“Flow hives make it easier to get the honey out of the frame due to no requirement in uncapping frames and use of a centrifugal spinner – it cuts down the entire process and reduces the heavy lifting and arduous labour,” Corry said.
“This course will appeal to anyone wanting to learn how to keep bees at a backyard level including those who have a flow hive, warre, or top bar hive.
“With consumers wary of buying imported honey and honey products, there has become a greater demand for local niche honey products, which has led to a massive increase in backyard beekeepers.”
Corry has been beekeeping in South Australia for the past 10 years, working for a large number of commercial beekeepers in the South East and for PIRSA as a Bee Biosecurity Officer, looking at diseased hives and assisting beekeepers to clean them.
TAFE SA Short Course Strategy Manager Stella Tabor said TAFE SA was always looking for new and innovative short course offerings to meet the demands of the local community and industry sectors.
“We are committed to understanding our customers' needs and interests through ongoing engagement, to ensure that our short courses make South Australia a place where people and businesses can thrive,” Stella said.
“Our upcoming beekeeping short course is a perfect example of the collaborative efforts between TAFE SA, the community and industry to offer training that is not only fun and exciting, but also champions innovation and showcases our fantastic South Australian agriculture and produce.”
For more information about the beekeeping short course, visit the TAFE SA website.