The KwaZulu Natal Midlands Sustainability Forum invites you to a Beekeeping Open Day with veteran beekeeper, Barrie Lewis.
Where? 56 Groenekloof Road, Hilton When? this Sunday 31st May 2015 Cost: R100 per family (trading in talents also accepted by mutual agreement)
14.00: General talk on bees and beekeeping. Wax extractor. Honey Room.
15.00: Honey tea and assembly of frames
15.30: Preparation of a trap hive.
16.00: Harvesting of honey.
17.00: Decapping, extraction, straining of honey.
18.00: Making of a barrel of mead.
19.00: Return empty frames to hives.
In the late afternoon, we will harvest from a few hives, decap & extract the honey, return the empty supers to the hives & bottle a few jars.
Essential to wear a loose white overall with zip, veil and gloves, three pairs of socks, tracksuit bottom, gumboots! You may be stung, perhaps several times. Anyone who is allergic should rather not attend.
If you have already made the decision to start bees, purchase a bottom board, brood-chamber, frames and lid from McGladderys in Clough St, PMB. Purchase parts that have been hot dipped in Waxol. Plus one sheet of broodwax. Bring them with you & we will assemble the frames together.