Albert Einstein said “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Not everyone realizes that the loss of bees has serious consequences for plants, wildlife and yes, human survival. Enter John Winkels, Apiarist, environmental enthusiast and owner of the Pure Peninsula Honey Farm in Moorooduc.
John and his family are passionate about keeping the public informed and educated on the plight of the humble honey bee. The issues threatening their livelihood and the ongoing research John does to keep the local bee keeping industry and plant life alive demands hard work and long hours.
Many parents and children, school groups, disabled and aged care groups visit the honey farm in Moorooduc daily.
John said, “It’s all about the experience visitors have seeing a live beehive at work, tasting the different varieties of honey types, feeling honeycomb and watching a slide show that educates the viewer about the life of bees, how they develop, what they do and how they do it.
In the near future, children from one of the local schools involved in the RPP FM Kidz Hour program every Monday at Midday will visit the Honey Farm and talk about it on radio.
The properties bee products contain is wonderful. Honey has natural anti-oxidants, enzymes and lots of nutritional value. It’s great for burns and sores because of it’s anti-bacterial properties, – like dettol, it kills bacteria. Pollen is high in plant protein and helps with allergies. Other bee products include beeswax and royal jelly, believed to extend human lifespan.
John explains that the number of man hours it takes to bring honey from the hive to the home is many and when you think about it, it’s an amazing journey the bee takes. This deserves attention for the community to understand the fragile state of the bees environment.
Bees also pollinate plants for plant survival. As John says, “We are the IVF doctors to the plant world,” when he and his team deliver rented beehives to various fruit and vegetable growers in Victoria to pollinate their crops.
RPP FM and Pure Peninsula Honey are working together to help educate the community by involving local schools that are affiliated with the Kidz Hour program to talk about the issues on radio.
Don’t take my word for it, visit Pure Peninsula Honey for a fascinating ‘bee’ journey. Kids will be drawn to the experience like bees to honey!
Pictured: John and his girls Holly & Teegan.
Insert: Mr Bee himself
Words by Debra Mar