December 8, 2012
The award-winning Honeycomb Valley Farm
Honeycomb Valley Farm is a one-stop farm experience located in New South Wales. As a tourism attraction there is an award-winning farmstay accommodation, a farmgate shop, exclusive products, an amazing solar oven cooking centre as well as educational courses in sustainable bee keeping.
Honeycomb Valley Farm is set in a 90-acre sustainable farm that is nestled at the gateway to the Manning Valley and Great Lakes; near Nabiac, three hours north of Sydney. There’s also a farmstay with two cottages making it an ideal rural escape from the city, especially for children.
Honeycomb Valley is home to the largest solar oven in Australia, a native bee sanctuary, an inspiring and useful plant garden and a menagerie of farm animals including alpacas, sheep, dairy goats, miniature Galloway cattle, horses and the chickens who live in colourful recycled caravans. The Honeycomb Valley farmgate shop sells the farm’s own produce including the infused and raw honey.
Much of the emphasis of Honeycomb Valley Farm is centred on the amazing Australian native bees. There are more than 1600 species of bees and Honeycomb Valley Farm is home to Australia’s first Native Bee Motel where visitors can learn more about these amazing creatures.
It is estimated bees contribute to one out of every three mouthfuls of food that we eat. This is of course due to pollination, the essential step in food production. Native Australian bees are important to pollinate our native plants. Commercial honeybees however are not native to Australia as they were introduced by Europeans to pollinate European plants, fruits and vegetables that were also not native to Australia.
Honeycomb Valley imparts all this knowledge and more in their sustainable beekeeping course they hold for adults and children. It is vital that we know how to keep our bees healthy and protect them from diseases and to be informed of what’s happening around the world.
Currently in Australia, beekeepers are faced with two of the main deceases – the Small Hive Beetle (SHB) and the varroa mite. While this is not as critical in Australia as it is in the Unites States and some European countries, it’s imperative that we keep our bee population healthy.
You can immerse yourself in all the attractions of a sustainable farm with the opportunity to learn about the beautiful plants and creatures, including the all-important bees. Honeycomb Valley can be visited for a few hours or a couple of days by choosing to stay in one of the two award-winning farmstay cottages.
For more info, check out the Honeycomb Valley website.