Bee­keep­ing on expo agenda

Benalla Ensign - - News -

The back­yard has be­come trendy, with ev­ery­day peo­ple tak­ing on smallscale al­ter­na­tive farm­ing projects on their own prop­er­ties.

Some of the most ex­cit­ing and clever home farm­ing tech­niques will take cen­tre stage at the Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo from Fe­bru­ary 16 to 18 — with ev­ery­thing from bee­keep­ing chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

A ‘‘crash course in bee­keep­ing’’ will be de­liv­ered by the renowned Gary Beavis from Beavo’s Honey, through his how-to lec­ture.

Mr Beavis said the lec­ture was ideal for any­one, whether they al­ready owned a hive or were sim­ply in­ter­ested in bees and bee­keep­ing.

‘‘The lec­ture is just to give them an in­sight into what is re­quired and to ed­u­cate them on what is needed to have a back­yard bee­hive,’’ Mr Beavis said.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple think it’s just put it in there and for­get it, but a hive is ba­si­cally a lit­tle an­i­mal you need to look af­ter.

‘‘Ur­ban bee­keep­ing is be­com­ing quite (pop­u­lar), peo­ple want to have their own honey out of their back­yard these days.’’

Af­ter start­ing with a sin­gle bee­hive in his back­yard more than a decade ago, Mr Beavis was able to turn his hobby into a busi­ness and said there was po­ten­tial for many oth­ers to do the same.

Bud­ding young gar­den­ers will have their own ac­tiv­i­ties to take part in, al­low­ing them to get their hands dirty through to the Bun­nings DIY ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Bun­nings team will be on hand to help the young­sters as they cre­ate grasshead pot plants that they can take home and watch as they grow.

There will also be sus­tain­abil­ity-fo­cused ac­tiv­ity called Grow Your Shep­par­ton a Own Water Crys­tal, which is set to pro­vide much ex­cite­ment for young­sters.

The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo runs from Fri­day to Sun­day, at Kings Park.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets on­line and save 17 per cent on en­try, go to sey­mour­

Busy bees: Beavo’s most ded­i­cated em­ploy­ees hard at work.

Ded­i­cated: Gary Beavis from Beavo’s Honey.

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