Sustainable Beekeeping Course

Join our sustainable beekeeping course near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds


FarmED, Chipping Norton
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This course is available on the FarmED website.


Time & Location

16 Jul 2024, 09:45 – 16:30

FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, OX7 6BJ

About the Event

The Course

Our Sustainable Beekeeping course is perfect for people wanting to learn the basics of beekeeping, or for those wanting to improve their techniques. Led by Tony Yarrow, FarmED's resident beekeeper, who has spent the past 50 years learning from bees, rather than books. During this course he will explain his bee-centric approach from understanding when the bees need intervention, to knowing when to let them do their own thing. Discover how beekeeping can be a partnership with the bees, where they work together with us, in harmony and the seasons. Learn the tips and tricks of what to look for in your hives and bees to ensure you have a happy, and healthy colony.

What you will learn:

- The basic equipment needed to start your own colony

- Discover what non-intrusive/low-intervention beekeeping involves

- Practise hive observations

- How to problem-solve common issues such as no honey being produced

- Beekeeping in harmony with nature

- How to spot the signs and prevent potential problems such as swarming

We want to help beekeepers, new and improved to feel knowledgeable and confident when nurturing their bees. Tony Yarrow has over 50 years of beekeeping experience and has made all the mistakes in the book, so you don't have to!

About the Speaker:

Tony began keeping bees in Wales in 1975. He worked as a bee expert with two beehive manufacturing companies and has known and worked with some of the UK’s largest commercial beekeepers. Tony keeps 15-20 colonies in four sites in North Oxfordshire, including here at FarmED, producing around half a ton of surplus honey a year for the FarmED Cafe and kitchen.

About FarmED

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We aim to be at the heart of local, regional and global agroecological transition.

We are a not-for-profit organisation based at Honeydale Farm, a diverse 107 acre mixed farm in the Cotswolds. Central to FarmED are three beautiful eco-buildings including a multifunctional educational, meeting and conference space, and a farm to fork kitchen and demonstration area. Our micro dairy and farming operations utilise building three.

Our audience is everyone - our local community, farmers, growers, advisers, foodies, policy makers, students and researchers.

Our mission is to provide learning spaces and events that inspire, educate and connect people to build sustainable farming and food systems that nourish people and regenerate the planet.

If you are passionate about regenerative agriculture, farming with nature and great food then join us on the journey. It's time to make a difference.

We cover soil health, gut health and everything in between!

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