Hi…weve been providing bees to Victorians for around 10 yrs, with hundreds of happy new beekeepers. We all share a deep love for bees irrespective of whether you want them for pollination of veggie and fruit trees, education or honey.
Starter nucleus hives consisting of 4 or so frames of bees, brood, queen and honey are available each Spring, and we again expect strong demand for bees from new beekeepers this season.
If youre a new or intermediate beekeeper, on hive pick up and delivery we need you to undertake a practical training session really to help ensure that the hive isnt inadvertently killed in coming months, and to minimise your family/pets/neighbors getting stung. Once you’ve mastered this, everything else is positive and the bees will keep doing what they’ve been doing for millions of years, including more honey than you can cope with! If youre an experienced beekeeper, understandably this training isnt needed. Or see our mentoring service if you need a knowledge top up.
As they say, ‘Buy Now’ to avoid disappointment for the 2020-21 season. We’ll then send you a more detailed information sheet and can assure you that all of your questions and any concerns will be answered in detail in a relaxed setting during hive pickup/delivery. Prior to this you’ll receive a checklist of what to bring on that day, and how you can prepare beforehand.
A friend and I did a Beekeeping course with Heidi Honey Hurstbridge and it was one of the best things I have ever done. Frankie taught us so much, and I know feel very confident about keeping and caring for bees and can’t wait to get my own hive and local raw honey. If you are looking for a hands on bee course that will really educate you on how to keep bees then Frankie and Heidi Honey Hurstbridge is the place to do it. Thanks Frankie. Katie Getson
My husband and I had a fun time learning all about bees from Frankie. Frankie was thorough about protection and very willing to share his knowledge and experience. We like the way he conducts the training as we get to open and inspect the hives. We now feel confident to start beekeeping and would highly recommend Frankie’s bees and training to anyone. Pollyn Lee
Our first hive inspection, and the first time we met Frankie was an exhilarating experience. My pregnant wife was a little less keen on the bees as a whole, but Frank’s willingness to explain and show us the proper ways to do things meant we had a lot of confidence before we even opened the hive. We got great instruction on the bigger picture- the sun, wind, fauna and the lay of the land, and what this means for our bees. We extracted some honey and split the hive, and both Lizzie and I are eager to get in there again. Frank is a great teacher who talks you through the hive top to bottom, shows you neat tricks along the way, is strict with the basics, and has a laugh along the way which is why we learnt so much. When my friends get jealous of my hives and I start sending them to someone who knows more than me, It will be Frankie. Donald Stewart, Thomastown