Bee One Third

Urban adventurers and apiarists alike swarmed like bees to honey to this sweet, sweet program.

Context

After hearing Bee One Third present at a Clever Convention, we were so impressed by their enthusiasm and expertise that we lined up a time to chat about what else we could do together. The result was a series of workshops designed to give The Edge community opportunity to engage with urban apiary as part of our Hack programming period.

Nuts and Bolts

Working closely with Jack from Bee One Third we developed a series of workshops which provided the opportunity to get up close and personal with bees, their homes and their environment.

Bee-Friendly Crate Garden
Participants learned how to help the busy bees in their daily pollination rounds by building their own bee-friendly garden. Getting your hands dirty was a given. Participants also learned about soil composition, self-watering systems and seasonal plants as they built their own crate garden. At the end of the day everyone left with a fully kitted-out garden crate – a practical smorgasboard for our honey-making friends.

Beehive Building
This workshop was for the future beekeeper who wants to engage in a natural form of pollination and honey production. Participants were able to build their own traditional langstroth style hive, complete with top and bottom frames, wax foundations and a personalised paint job.

If they were short on space at home, participants had the option to donate their hive to Bee One Third’s ever growing network of urban apiaries. in return for a 12 month honey membership.

Rooftop Hive Tour
One for the urban explorers, the Rooftop Hive Tour provided a chance to climb a few ladders and see first hand Bee One Third’s hives in the James St Precinct. Along the way the explorers also got to taste how this local honey was being used in cocktails and dessert at Papa Jacks bar and Gerard’s Bistro. The group also got a chance to do a honey tasting at cookbook shop, Scrumptious Reads.

Learnings

  •  It’s great to get out of the building, but it does make you reliant on the weather (rain is not so great when climbing on a roof)
  •  You’ve heard the one about working with kids and animals? Well, this applies even more when it’s an animal that many people are allergic to. Risk management plans are important.
  • We need to remember to look out into the community for inspiration and innovation. There are so many great projects and people in our local area, presenting an opportunity to support their great work rather than start again from scratch.

Legacy

  •  With big waitlists and lots of smiling faces it’s not hard to see that there is interest in a program like this. Discussions will continue with Bee One Third about how urban apiary  workshops can be expanded.

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