Bee business is buzzing
Beekeeping is a booming hobby in Manawatu, as it is all over New Zealand.
That’s not surprising. Bees are beneficial to gardens, and also produce honey and wax.
For gardeners, bakers, brewers, and crafty types, beekeeping makes a great companion hobby.
Keeping bees is also rewarding in itself.
For those who have toyed with the idea of keeping bees, but are unsure where to start, the Manawatu Beekeepers Club is a good place to go.
The MBC’s next meeting is at Newbury Hall on Thursday at 7.30pm.
Members have a wide range of experience, and all are welcome.
The club runs a series of practical, hands-on field days for members.
The recent ‘‘Candles, Creams, and Candies’’ workshop session proved popular and doubled as a fun family day.
Through demonstrations and ‘giving it a go’, members used honey and wax to make candles, polishes, face creams, and honey candies.
The club also runs bee-ginners courses for members and nonmembers.
‘‘For gardeners, bakers, brewers, and crafty types, beekeeping makes a great companion hobby.’’
The next one is on the weekend of November 19 to 20.
An intensive, in-depth introduction, MBC tutors will take participants through a wide range of topics from bee biology and building hives, to extracting honey.
Combining morning classroombased learning with hands-on experience in the afternoons using the club’s hives, bee suits and any other resources are provided, making the whole learning experience accessible, and the hives approachable even for total novices.
These courses always fill up, so those interested in taking part should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.