Purpose of the Club Apiary
- To be fun for all members. If it is not fun, it is not worth doing.
- To be inclusive and maximize participation.
- Provide live bees and suitable hives for demonstration and hands-on learning for club members.
- Where it does not conflict with a, b and c above, to provide for trials and demonstrations of various beekeeping equipment, techniques, styles or methods.
- The club and its members do not expect perfect results and recognise that when dealing with a natural system “unforeseen stuff happens” and more can be learned from unforeseen outcomes than perfect beekeeping. The emphasis is always on learning.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Apiary Managers role is the care for the club’s hives and bees at the apiary site. The core role is planning the year’s beekeeping programme including:
- Varroa treatments
- Requeening or queen rearing strategy
- Any trials or science that is undertaken
- All AFB inspections and compliance activities
- Keep a diary of activities and observations
- Coordinating the care of the apiary site
- Reporting to the club on a monthly basis of progress with the programme
- Recommending gear purchases or replacement
- Organise all inputs required for the apiary (club to pay)
- Organise working groups for various activities
- Coordinate with the Bee Club President for demonstrations and meeting agendas.
Part of the annual programme should include the extraction and sale of surplus honey. The extraction and sale MUST comply with the various regulations and legislation, and can be sold to:
A and P Association Members.
At the November A and P Show to the public.
As agreed by the club.
Initial Apiary layout
The A and P association has graciously allowed us to occupy and eight by ten metre (approx.) area at the northern end of the Race track. It’s a 5 – 6 minute shuffle from the clubrooms and will provide a nice level spot. The club would be responsible for fencing off with area suitable posts and sheep netting, and one gate of suitable size for hives and people. We suggest a maximum of six hives at any time.