Beekeeping club in Bega

Beekeeper Adrian Iodice replaces a comb into his Kenyan top bar hive.

Beekeeper Adrian Iodice replaces a comb into his Kenyan top bar hive.

THE Bega Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association (BVABA) will hold their first meeting on July 8. 

BVABA meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of each month, running from 7 to 9pm and will be held at the Old Bega Hospital. 

The club will run courses, talks and workshops on conventional and natural beekeeping. 

Open days will take place, when club members will visit local apiaries and presentations of different topics in beekeeping will happen every month.

Upcoming workshops include teaching participants how to make beeswax candles and mead, and beekeeper Adrian Iodice said he will be teaching how to catch swarms.

Around 40 people attended the gathering in April, which aimed to gauge interest in the Bega Valley for starting the club.

“I’m excited about the club,” Mr Iodice said. 

He said keepers with plenty of experience in conventional Langstroth hives will be available to share their knowledge, and he himself will be around to talk about natural beekeeping.

“I’m so happy the club was open to the natural side of beekeeping,” Mr Iodice said. 

Mr Iodice will be running a workshop teaching a natural approach to beekeeping focusing on Kenyan top bar hives at The Crossing in Bermagui on August 23 and 24, with a course designed for the backyard gardener. 

To book contact The Crossing on 6493 3400 and for more information call Mr Iodice on 0409 917 128. 

For more information on BVABA call 6493 2529. 

To read more about Mr Iodice and his natural beekeeping click here

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