TARCUTTA BEEKEEPING BASICS WORKSHOP
33 NEW MEMBERS
6 CAKES EATEN
WEDNESDAY 6TH JULY 2016 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP: to provide participants with information on the life of the honey bee and their importance as pollinators, and teaching the basics of amateur beekeeping.
HOW TO BECOME A BEEKEEPER:
Mike James from Wagga Wagga Amateur beekeeping Group came to the Tarcutta RSL Club with a head full of information and a trolley full of beekeeping tools and equipment.
Mike spoke about the life of the honey bee and their importance as pollinators for both agricultural and native plants. Did you know, that it is estimated that about one third of all plants and plant products eaten by humans are directly or indirectly dependent on bee pollination? Well I didn’t either before Mike told me so.
He also provided information on the basics of amateur beekeeping and advice on what tools are necessary, and what tools aren’t! For instance, a smoker is essential. As for leather gloves, well if you’re wanting to save a bit of money, a pair of rubber gloves from below the sink will suffice.
GIVE LANDCARE A BOOST:
The night generated 33 new members from Borambola to Humula to Tarcutta to Mates Gully. After the presentation, the Tarcutta RSL was an absolute buzz of activity with 66 people enjoying supper freshly baked by the Landcare committee. A great night for community – a great night for landcare!
FEEDBACK FROM ATTENDEES: “A great initiative for community involvement”
“A good overview of beekeeping. Very worthwhile”
“Interesting topic, would like practical course in Spring”
Tarcutta Landcare will be hosting a practical beekeeping day in November.
Blog post by Mid-Murrumbidgee Local Landcare Coordinator Maddy Gorham