Case Studies

Bees find support among the almonds

Century Orchards technical manager Gemma Nunn explains how joining the Bee Friendly Farming program has contributed to the sustainability of the farm business, the success of its bees and the confidence of beekeepers.

Honey bees and native bees join forces to boost macadamias

Dr Chris Cannizzaro explains how the Bee Friendly Farming program helps him manage pollination on the 350-hectare macadamia orchard on the PHC Property Trust farm at Bundaberg in Queensland. The farm has a mix of managed bee hives and native bees and Dr Cannizzaro is committed to building pollination efficiency through sustainable, productive ways.

Global food producer leads the way on bees

Samir Mecwan from ofi explains how the Bee Friendly Farming program helps support this global leader in its sustainable farming practices. Each year, ofi brings in 80,000 beehives to pollinate orchards across several properties in Victoria and NSW. Samir and the team ensure the bees are well looked after, with appropriate pollen and nectar resources, along with fresh water and permanent habitat.

Sowing seeds for a greener future

Seed producers Gary and Julie Richards from Down2Earth Gardening explain how prioritising the health of bees and other pollinators on their property improves pollination outcomes for their plantings, as well as improving pollination on their neighbours’ properties.

Busy bees at Bangadang in Western Australia

Learn how the farm management team at Bangadang Farm has taken steps to make the property bee-friendly by engaging in extensive reforestation and conservation projects, planting trees and other colourful flowering plants, turning dams into green spaces filled with native flora and establishing a native tree nursery.

Family farm supports bees

Jarrad Casaretto manages 23,000 almond trees at his family farm, Casarosa Almonds, in the South Australian Riverland. The business has been in the family for 28 years and each year they bring in more than 400 hives to manage pollination during spring.

Hear from Jarrad as he explains why Casarosa became Bee Friendly Farming Certified, and how they create a bee-friendly farming environment on their property, eliminating insecticides, introducing permaculture practices, planting cover crops and native trees to ensure the bees have a variety of pollen sources, attracting native bees and employing integrated pest management program.