Here you can follow my adventures as I learn the art of wholistic beekeeping. Welcome to The Novice Beekeeper.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
We managed to find some fine weather between torrential rain and cyclones to harvest the honey from one of our hives. We took four frames from the hive and brought them to our honey house to extract the golden honey.
It was wonderful to be able to see our own home grown honey coming off the frames and into the extractor.
We then packaged it all up in shiny glass jars, added some labels and we're ready for our first local markets.
When we get another opportunity, we'll get out there and do the rest of the hives, but in the meantime we have our own honey in the kitchen and plenty to give as gifts to friends to celebrate our first batch.
Welcome to my blog - a record of my adventures as an apprentice beekeeper. My husband and I live on a small permaculture farm nestled in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. We grow a mix of organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, salad greens, subtropical fruit and nut trees, bushtucker and coffee trees. One thing missing from our place was a beehive or two - honey bees to pollinate our food crops and to provide high-value honey and beeswax to use and sell. We now have four honey beehives and one hive of Native Stingless Bees. This is our journey as we learn how to keep bees. Thanks for visiting, Sonya