If you’re looking for something to do outside of study, how about pulling on a beekeepers veil? You’ll end up with something yummy to put on your toast and a new appreciation of the importance of these insects.
Many people are unaware that bees pollinate approximately 80 per cent of human food but the honey bee is under threat.
The CSU Bee Keeping Club aims to nurture the growth of bees and the pollination of local food and plants.
So what do you actually do in the Bee Keeping Club?
Members of the CSU Bee Keeping Club are encouraged to develop their own hive with the hope of eventually producing their own home grown honey – skipping the supermarket middle man.
The club also aims to educate people about bees and their vital role to the survival of humankind.
But why are bees in danger?
An increasing use of pesticides and other chemicals in commercial agriculture have had a lethal effect on bees, causing an estimated 30 per cent of bee deaths every year.
How does bee keeping help?
By keeping the bees in a controlled environment and monitoring what they eat and pollinate, the Bee Keeping Club can help prevent the extinction of bees in the Wagga Wagga area.
The end goal of the club is to, “Teach the amateurs how to become good bee keepers and have healthy bees,” a club member stated.
You can do your part in the prevention of the extinction of bees by joining the CSU Bee Keeping Club by speaking to the Student Liaison Officer in Wagga Wagga. The club fee is $15 and grants access to the facilities in Wagga Wagga to produce your own honey.
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Clubs and other student groups can apply for Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) funds to expand their activities or run projects. The SSAF Student Submission Round opens on 3 April, so keep an eye out for more information and start thinking about your ideas!