I’ve never really liked bees. Being an outdoor loving child I suffered many stings in my youth that left me with an unsympathetic view of bees. So when I joined the Permaculture Northern Beaches committee as an education officer and heard about the Native Bee Project I was apprehensive.
Fast forward 2 years and I have Native Bee hive in my yard and am about to add a Native Stingless Bee Box to the Backyard in a Box suite of resources. Who Knew? According to the Permaculture Research Institute Native bees are scarce in some areas of Australia because of the practice of clearing and burning fallen timber. Keeping native bees close to your home is an excellent way to pollinate Australian native plants and to maintain their bio-diversity and native bees will only produce less than one kilo of honey per year. The advantages of keeping the little native bees are numerous. They don’t sting. They aid in the pollination of a diversity of eucalypts and exotic plants as well as native fruit and nut trees such as macadamias and mango trees.
With a 500 strong sustainability community, social enterprise Backyard in a Box is able to make sustainability education resources accessible and affordable. For $249 a month, schools receive the Box of the Month, monthly fact sheets, tips and tricks related to the Box of the Month and its specific sustainability theme.
Educators are also granted FULL ACCESS to the Backyard Member Library (visit the guest library) which contains information and resources that support and drive educators and sustainability initiatives within centres and communities.
Alongside the launch of the Native Stingless Bee Box is the Living Skills Box where you have an opportunity to learn and practice traditional long forgotten living skills such as making chemical free laundry detergents, soap and lip balms as well as pickling, bottling, drying and activating foods. If you’re a parent of a child in formal care or an educator working in the industry, starting February 2016, centres will receive a different box every month until October 2016.
Here are the 2016 Box Sequences.
Comprised of 9 boxes, staff will enjoy the support and information arriving each month helping to maintain sustainability momentum.
Centre Managers are you worried because you don’t think you’ll have use for all 9 Boxes? Backyard resources are designed upon principles of SHARED VALUE and benefit every member of your community. Your families may have bees or be interested in getting bees for example. Make it accessible to all! This could be the very box that helps you reach exceeding in QA3,QA6, QA7 and more.