Bee busi­ness is buzzing

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - GE­ORGINA MOR­RI­SON

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 paul@man­awatubeeclub.org.nz.

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