Friars Hivers Beekeeping Club Honey Harvest

Monday 22 February was an exciting day for the Friars Hivers Beekeeping Club. Fifteen kilos of pure honey were extracted from the College hive for the first time. The hive was installed in the College bushland in June, last year. The Italian Queen bee has created a calm and efficient community where out of a possible 24 frames in the hive, only 7 frames were taken to extract the honey. Seventeen frames filled with honey were left for the bees to have over winter. 30 x 500g jars have been filled with this amazing substance, produced by the bees, after collecting nectar from the Mullum Mullum Valley manna gum and messmate gum flowers. Friars Hivers Beekeeping Club have learnt about bee behaviour, beekeeping tools, safety, maintenance and keeping the bees healthy and happy. The Friars Hivers Beekeeping honey is for sale for $15/500g. Contact for orders. And as our resident beekeeper Will S states “It’s delicious!”

Ms Jo Menzies

Sustainability & Environment Team