: Green Gate Farm : NSW TAFE Riverina Institute : National Environment Center (NEC)

 Green Gate Farm : NSW TAFE Riverina Institute : National Environment Center (NEC)




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Green Gate Organic Farm acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land on which we farm. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and we pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Honey Bees at the farm
 

‘It takes our honey bees around 25,000 visits to Thurgoona flowers to fill a tub of honey for our local customers’

 

Our bee hives are located amongst our olive grove and iron bark woodlots that the interns studying a diploma in Organic farming manage. The bees play an important role in Green Gates Organic farms eco-system - pollinating plants & providing honey for our local community. 

 

Honey bees are integral to Australian agriculture where pollination from bees is required for nearly two-thirds of australian food production.

Unfortunatlely, honeybees are in trouble - A combination of a stressful lifestyle, an unhealthy diet and the encroaching threat of mite attacks. Bees are also exposed more frequently to pesticides, some of which have recently been proven to be lethal to hive survival. A recent Harvard study has found that the use of certain insecticides - known as ‘neonics’ - widely used in agriculture, have been linked to mass declines in bee numbers and colony collapse.

Although our farm is Certified organic, according to the Australian Certifide Organic standards, our honey can’t be sold as Certified Organic due to bees flying up to a possible 5km radius. 

Australia has a lot of other wild insect pollinators that are overlooked and information on the ecology of these pollinators is minimal. So far, we know that Australia has around 2,000 native bee species, not including other pollinating insects. 

The Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild insect pollinator conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity.  

Find out more info on the Wild pollinator count website