Suit up for an apiary adventure where you'll learn about the benefits of hyper-local, hive-conditioned, hand-pressed honey (and what that means).
When: 1pm to 3pm
Where: The Green Folly Garden Centre, Castlemaine
The expert What do you do when you've a swarm of bees to deal with? You call Daniel BeeShepherd of the Castlemaine Bee Sanctuary, who will come and re-home them into responsibly managed hives around the community. Well, he will if you live in Castlemaine, anyway! Daniel describes his approach to keeping bees as 'bee-centred' – that is, it's more about the bees than the honey (though the honey is a nice bonus). He's committed to saving honeybees and spreading the word about the importance of pollinators to our society and ecosystem.
The plan Explore the fascinating world of honeybees at one of Castlemaine Bee Sanctuary's picturesque apiary sites in Castlemaine, Central Victoria. Don a bee suit to enter the apiary for a guided tour and – weather permitting – a look inside a beehive to learn how these amazing creatures live and work.
Daniel will enlighten you about the virtues of uncontaminated, hand-pressed, hyper-local, hive-conditioned honey, which can help reduce hayfever symptoms for locals and has outstanding flavour that you will never experience in supermarket-bought honey. He'll explain why wild poly-floral honey – from bees that visit many types of plants rather than simply one kind, such as leatherwood or yellow box – is better for you, and the bees.
The fruits of your labour Take home a 375g jar of local Castlemaine honey and a wealth of knowledge about these amazing little insects and all they do to ensure the pollination of our flowers, fruits and vegetables.
The kit required Bee suits will be provided but BYO gloves; wear long sturdy pants and closed-toe shoes that cover your ankles.