In April 2016, the bee farming project began at African Blessings. We have been blessed with many wild bees, and we realised that it is our responsibility to nurture and take care of them, as they are an important part of our eco-system.
We have placed empty beehives in elevated places such as on top of the shipping containers that we have at African Blessings, and now we wait patiently for more bees to move in.
We place foundation bees wax strips inside of the hives which attracts the scout bees that are attracted to the scent. The scout bees find the hives and then bring the rest of the colony back to move in. Once the colony of bees have established themselves in the hive, we then move them out into the forest where we have started our first apiary.
The forest that the bees will reside in was planted in 1993 by Alec Howard specifically for bee farming. The wide variety of blue gum trees have been planted to ensure that there is pollen and nectar available for almost all year round.
Our main priority is to grow the amount of hives that we have, so our focus to date has been manufacturing bee hives and setting up our own honey extraction and bottling plant. As part of our bee initiative we strive to provide a stress-free environment wherein these African bees can flourish and pollinate the farm.
With our bee farming front of mind is the Australian invention; Flow Hive. This invention makes harvesting honey as simple as turning a tap. This will allow us to pour the honey from the hives directly into bottles without causing much disruption to the colonies. To read more on Flow Hive click here
African Blessings proudly produces "raw" honey! Why raw honey? "Bee-cause" we don't want to lose any of that honey-packed goodness! By keeping heat and filtering processes to a minimum, we ensure our honey retains all of its natural health and healing benefits. So, if you get a pot of our "bee-licious" honey, you may see some tiny flecks of wax and/or other organic specks floating around. No need to "bee" concerned – this is completely normal, natural and harmless – "bee" happy, knowing your honey is full of goodness.