Posted by carlotta on Thursday June 27th, 2013 at 8:47am

Today’s post on local food production is about Tony Newman, a Sussex beekeeper. He has a number of hives at Ashurst Organics, the subject of yesterday’s post. This symbiotic relationship works well between pollinators and fruit and vegetables needing pollination. Tony’s knowledge of the complexity of bee behaviour was in-depth and fascinating. I got the sense that working as a beekeeper is rewarding but very challenging because you are so dependent on forces beyond your control – the weather, crop production and disease, amongst others. Tony is passionate about the welfare of his bees. It sounds as if this is not generally the case in large scale honey production. I had no idea. Here is a description of my visits to Tony’s hives.


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