Hive mind

You won’t bee-lieve what’s on of­fer at expo

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

THE back­yard has be­come trendy, with ev­ery­day peo­ple tak­ing on small-scale 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 16-18 – with ev­ery­thing from bee­keep­ing to 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 own a hive or are 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,” he 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.”

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 the Bun­nings Shep­par­ton DIY ac­tiv­i­ties.

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

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

The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo runs Fe­bru­ary 16-18, at Kings Park.

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

Gary Beavis from Beavo’s Honey will be de­liv­er­ing a lec­ture at the Sey­mour Expo.

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