Due to seasonal variations, Elke is currently not taking any further bookings. Please check back next season for any updates to bookings which will be posted on the ‘Native Stingless Bees’ tab.
As well as keeping honey bees, Elke breeds and sells native stingless bees in Sydney. Click here to go to the native stingless bees page. Native stingless bees (Tetragonula carbonaria) are a different species of bee to the honey bees (Apis melifera) and in Sydney, native stingless bees do not produce as much, if any, honey or nectar (also called sugarbag). Native stingless bees are however very good pollinators for your vegetables, flowering plants and fruit trees.
Having a native bee hive is one way you can assist in providing displaced habitat and a way that you can contribute to Australia’s food security, but planting certain flowering plants is actually an even better way to assist your 4 winged pollinators. For more information on native stingless bees and to find out about ordering a hive click here . For ideas on what plants you could plant in your garden or on your balcony in Sydney, click here.
elkeHONEY comes from the honey bee which is the species: Apis mellifera. Elke’s honey bees happily live in Woollahra, Sydney, NSW, close to Centennial Park where they pollinate the local flowering trees and plants.
Elke’s honey is created by her bees and is then spun out of their frames only 300 metres from Whole Foods House, Queen Street, Woollahra making elkeHONEY a very local product. The bees fly around 5km from their hives (located next to Centennial Park). There are virtually no food miles to elkeHONEY and almost a zero carbon footprint.
Not only are the food miles ‘zero’, but local honey that has not been heat treated reduces the impact of allergies and boosts the immune system as the bees produce local antibodies and the local raw honey contains these and other beneficial antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
Click on the image to read Michelle Wranik’s article in the Wentworth Courier.