Natural Bee Keeping
29 Sept 11:00am - 12:00pm
Why bees are so important
Globally it is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination, mainly by bees, making them the world's most important pollinator of food crops.
Pollinators transfer pollen and seeds from one flower to another, fertilising the plant so it can grow and produce food. Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world's crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without bees to spread seeds, many plants, including food crops, would die off.
Plants often need fast pollination from a great number of honeybees. ... By pollinating trees, bushes and herbaceous plants, the bees are important for the food production for all the other animals and birds in the ecosystem who are dependent berries, seeds and fruits for food.
Simply put, bees keep plants and crops alive. Without bees, we humans wouldn't have very much to eat.
Why Natural Beekeeping?
Learn the essentials of a practice that dates back to BC (yes, really!). Explore the fascinating history of bees, life inside the beehive, keeping hives at home, how to source bees, diseases and other issues affecting bees and last but not least, the glorious nectar of Gods – honey!
Rather than treating bees as ‘honey production units’, the natural beekeeping philosophy is about providing optimal conditions for the health of the honeybee colony.
Modern conventional beekeeping and agricultural practices, such as crop spraying, hive movement, frequent hive inspections, artificial queen rearing programs, routine medication, and sugar water feeding, reduce the vitality and weaken the immunity of the honeybees.
Natural beekeeping is a gentler bee-friendly approach that prioritises care for the bees, allowing them to build natural honey comb and to harvest only when sufficient honey is available. It is about keeping bees for bee’s sake and valuing them as pollinators first and honey producers second. This results in healthy bees and delicious raw honey!