We are a small family run business, consisting of Shawn the apiarist (Bee keeper) and farmer, Anthea the book keeper and product manufacturer and our 5 children.
Shawn started working with bees as a hobby in 1998 and soon realised that he wanted to do more with them and so we continued to build our hive numbers each year.
Shawn now runs approx 180 productive hives and is still building. We extract up to 20 ton of Organic honey on a good year. We avoiding using chemicals in all aspects of our farming practices. Our Aim is to produce products of a high standard and as natural as possible.
Kangaroo Island is a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary
In 1884 Ligurian Bees were introduced to Kangaroo Island. Thanks to the government passing legislation to proclaim Kangaroo Island a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary in 1885, we have the only pure strain of Ligurian Bees left in the world.
Throughout the world there are many diseases and bee parasites putting apiaries at serious risk by destroying their hives. Due to our isolation, our bees to date are relatively disease free. There are very few disease free places left in the world, so it's very important that we protect Kangaroo Island's Pure Ligurian bees.
It is one of the few places left in the world where healthy queen bees can be bred and exported to worldwide countries to help maintain their hives. Ligurian Bees are renowned for their gentle nature and productivity. These characteristics, and the purity of the strain, make them a valuable genetic pool for breeding purposes. Mated queen bees are regularly exported interstate and overseas.
Without honey bees many food crops will fail, having a disastrous effect on our food chain. If we don't protect our bees and they become extinct the world will starve.
Please help protect Kangaroo Island's Ligurian bees by observing the restriction of not bringing any honey products or items that have been in contact with honey production to the island such as:
honey, pollen, beeswax, beehives, used beekeeping equipment, or other bee and beehive products, as they are restricted from entering Kangaroo Island
and you will be given a hefty fine if caught doing so. If you are in possession of anything that may be restricted take it to the Department of Primary Industries in Kingscote.
PENALTIES UPTO $10,000 AS PER 1997 SA LIVESTOCK ACT.
PLEASE PROTECT OUR BEES
We have Organic Certification through (NASAA) National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia and we extract around 20 tons of honey a year under their stringent guidelines.
All of our honey sites are pre approved by NASAA, keeping a 5km radius away (remembering bees only travel 2km) from any agricultural or suburban areas which may have dangerous substances or crops.
Strict extraction guidelines are adhered to and stringent records are kept of hive locations, extraction, storage and sales so all honey produced can be traced through each step of production.
Adelaide Central Markets - The Smelly Cheese Shop
The kangaroo Island Stall
Aberfoyle Park - Hub Fruit Bowl
Aldinga - Scoop
Blackwood - Blackwood Health Foods
Broadview - It's Organic
Burnside - Viva burnside village
Castle Plaza - Health Elements
The Cheese Monger
Cavan - Steves Organics
Christies Beach - Christies Beach Fruit Mart
Croydon - Little Green Grocer
Nonna Teresa’s Gourmet Foods
Elizabeth - Health Elements
Findon - Metropolitan Fresh Fruiter
Fulham Gardens - Fulham Fresh
Glenelg - Fleurieu Bites
Glenelg Health Foods
Mega Health glenelg
The Organik Store
Glen Osmond - Organic To Go
Inman Valley - Inman Valley General Store
Magill - Ecolateral
Marion - Go Vita
The Cheese Monger
Marleston - Goodies & Grain
Mclaren Vale - Almond Train
Moana - Moana Natural Health & Organics
Modbury - Tropicana Fruit & Veg,Tea Tree Plaza
Go Vita,Tea Tree Plaza
Morphett Vale - Adelaide Fresh Fruiter
Mount Barker - Go Vita
Mount Barker Fresh
The Chop Shop
Noarlunga - Go Vita
North Adelaide - Gourmet Pantry
O'Halloran Hill - O'Halloran Hill Fruit Mart
Port Elliot - Jelly
No.58 Cellar Door
Prospect - Adelaide Fresh Fruiterers
Farmers Market (Thursday Afternoons)
Reynella - E Street traders
St Agnes - Health Elements
Sefton Plaza - Health & Vitality
Unley - Johnny Marks Fruit & Veg
The Cheese Monger
The Gift Specialist
Victor Harbor - Feast
Victor Harbor Visitors centre
Farmers Market (1 Saturday mornings a month)
Walkerville - Health Elements
Willunga - The Singing Cricket
Yankalilla - A Little Spice & all things Nice
American River - Kangaroo Island Mercure Lodge
Kangaroo Island Oyster Shop
Cygnet River - Kangaroo Island Spirits
Island Pure Sheep Dairy
The Airport Cafe
Haines - Cliffords Honey Farm
Kingscote - Kingscote Gift Shop
Chocolart & Coffee
Penneshaw - Sealink Terminal
Kangaroo Island Getaway