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 a 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.
Backyard in a Box is able to make sustainability education resources accessible and affordable. Educators are also granted 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.