Do you want to be a Backyard Beekeeper?
Consider becoming a ‘bee carer’ and focus on the bees wellbeing rather than on how much honey to harvest from their hive. Having bees in your garden will bring a health and vitality to your garden and your neighbourhood, enhancing the whole. And teach your children to love bees, not to be scared of them. Here’s a great article:
Teaching Children to Love Bees, Not Fear Them
Australian Natural Beekeeping Courses & Resources
“Instead of focusing on how much honey we can get from the bees we must ask what can be done to protect, strengthen and heal them.” …Gunther Hauk has a Biodynamic Honey Bee Sanctuary in USA that has outstanding results of bee resilience at a time when neighbour experienced the worst hive losses ever. They do not focus on viruses, bacteria, fungi – these are usually the symptoms of a deeper problem and only take over when an organism is weakened. Over the past 10 years winter losses have been between 5 and 10% – well below the national average of 33%.
– Natural combs are used, rather than foundation.
– Swarming is recognized as the natural form of colony reproduction.
– Clipping of queen’s wings is prohibited.
– Regular and systematic queen replacement is prohibited.
– Pollen substitutes are prohibited.
– Beehives must be made of all natural materials, such as wood, straw, or clay.
– Artificial insemination is not used. Instead queens are allowed to fly free to mate.
– Grafting of larvae to produce queens is prohibited.
– No pesticides or antibiotics are allowed, although the use of natural organic acids such as formic and oxalic acid may be used for mite control.
– Honey may be transported in containers made of artificial materials but must be decanted into containers of glass or metal for retail sale.