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Bees in Italy

This blog details a day I spent exploring an apiary and eating fresh produce on an island less than forty minutes ferry ride from Venice, Italy.

A short ferry ride away from the millions of tourists that flock to Venice sits Sant’ Erasmo, an island just 3.26 square kilometers in size. The island is known as ‘The Garden of Venice’. Locals grow exceptional produce on the island including artichoke, wine and honey.

*Update: As of January 2019 Miele del Doge have their website up and running. Click here to visit their site. We found using a mobile to view the site gives us an option to switch to an English mode.*

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With the ban on plastic bags in supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths starting this week this is a timely article about a solitary bee who’s nesting materials could be reverse-engineered to create a biodegradable alternative to plastic.

This humble Australian bee is helping to disrupt the plastics industry

An article by Esther Han on 10/6/18.

While the title refers to an Australia bee the research is being conducted by New Zealand woman Veronica Harwood-Stevenson.

 

Bees in Japan

This blog details a day I spent exploring a Japanese apiary, cafe and bee museum.

What holiday is complete without visiting an apiary and learning about how people in another country manage their bees? While in Japan I spent a day exploring Mitsubashi farm, museum and café in western Tokyo.
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Summer Storms and Bearding

This blog describes how we would approach preparing our hives for impending summer storms in the future based on our experience of what was described before the event as a “10 out of 10 storm”. This information will be useful if you are a hobby beekeeper who has easy, regular access to your hive/s. If you have 50+ hives or your hives are not located on your property this information is worth considering but may be time consuming to implement.

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