In line with current Govt requirements, Workshop participants will need to provide evidence of their full vaccination status or medical exemption in order to participate in on-site classes. You will need to check in with our QR code and masks will need to be worn indoors. If you have a valid medical exemption, please get in touch asap. All CERES staff and contractors on site have met vaccination requirements.


In this workshop, you can expect to learn everything from the inner workings of a beehive to the healing properties of raw honey; how to maintain a healthy hive; to the wonders of swarms, and how to keep them in check.

Weather permitting we’ll also open a hive and have a hands-on demonstration.

What you will learn

The inner workings of a beehive

The healing properties of raw honey

How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms, and how to keep them in check

Hands-on demonstration of working with a hive


Benedict Hughes is a well-known registered Beekeeper. As ‘The Practical Beekeeper’ he collects swarms, manages hives, extracts honey, teaches, and loves bees.

Benedict is also a commercial migratory beekeeper who runs around 100 beehives across Victoria. He produces small-batch, raw local honey which is available through Farmers Markets and select retail outlets. His bees also provide pollination services for Almonds and other horticulture crops.

Benedict is the resident Beekeeper at Ceres (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) and is approved by the City of Darebin to keep bees in Darebin Parklands and Bundoora Park.

Benedict regularly runs school incursions about bees and beekeeping, he also delivers adult educational courses at Melbourne Polytechnic and CERES in Brunswick as well as at Edendale Community Environment Farm in Eltham.

Benedict is also the founding President of The Australian Pollinator Alliance, a not-for-profit dedicated to promoting the health of bees and all pollinators, critical to our food and natural environment, through education, research, and conservation.

You can find him on Facebook and Instagram as @Practical_Beekeeper.


What to bring


Writing materials

Washing up gloves

Wide brim hat (not a sombrero)

What to wear

Casual, long sleeves, long pants


CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Beginners Backyard Beekeeping
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Sat 12 / Feb 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


CERES Community Environment Park
Stewart St & Roberts St, Brunswick East, 3057 Australia


Concession TICKET: $198

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