World Bee Day

We Need Bees

Join us to celebrate World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market

Saturday 22nd May 2021

We all need to contribute to the survival of our glorious bees, and the very important role they play in our food supply.

At the Market, most of our stallholders depend on bees and other pollinating insects to survive. And so together we recognise the importance of World Bee Day to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping to the world. 

On Saturday 22nd May 2021 we invite you to join us for a family fun day to promote the importance of bees for the supply of our food.

Visit us for bee-friendly displays and exhibitions, honey and bee themed food created by Market producers, a display of hives, native plants, flowers and their growers, local and regional honey producers and information to help educate people on how they can help contribute to saving our bees. 

Buzz in from 7am Saturday for:

  • Dress up in bee themed costume – we’d love to see some black and yellow buzzing around our Market. Take a photo in front of our bee hive wall and post to Instagram or Facebook using #worldbeedaycrfm. Go into the draw to win a Farmers Market Gift Voucher, drawn at 8.30, 9.30 and 10.30am.
  • Enter the bees colouring in competition – sweeten the deal and give the kids a bit of fun colouring in their own bee and adding it to the bee hive wall. Again, all entries go into the draw to win a Farmers Market Gift Voucher, drawn at 8.30, 9.30 and 10.30am.
  • Follow the Honey Trail – find the stallholders marked by the big yellow bees – this indicates they have created a bee/honey themed food or sell honey.
  • Get buzzing with bee themed face painting – the kids will love it!
  • Enjoy bee themed story telling for kids at Lindfield Park Produce at 9 and 10am.
  • See the ABC’s Live Broadcast Morning Show with Adrienne Francis 6am – 11am. She’ll chat to bee experts and you can enjoy Gardening Talkback hosted by Graham ‘Willow’ Williams 8.30-10am, giving you the chance to bring in a plant, foliage or produce to show and discuss with Willow in person; you can also watch the live cooking demonstrations later in the morning.

It will BEE a huge day! So swarm to the hive this coming Saturday 22nd May, 7am – 11.30am. 

Bees: Fast Facts.

Bees play an important role in pollinating native plants in our Australian ecosystem. The vast majority of global pollinators are wild including over 20,000 species of bees.

Australia is home to around 2,000 species of native bees, the majority of which are solitary bees.

European Honeybees are social insects that were introduced to pollinate many of the introduced food crops that now form part of a normal Australian diet.

Beekeepers migrate their bees to produce honey from diverse flowering events and perform essential pollination services to safeguard our food, fibre, forests and fodder crops.

Bees are keystone species, playing a vital role as pollinators.

Did You Know?

Global population forecasts predict that we will have close to one third more people in the next 30 years. To feed this growing population and secure the well-being of humankind, we need to ensure food is available, accessible, diverse, balanced and of good quality.

Pollination is crucial to achieving food security as three out of four crops across the globe producing fruits or seeds for human consumptions as food depend, at least in part, on pollinators. Pollinators affect 35 percent of global agricultural land, supporting the production of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide.

On 20 December 2017, following three years of efforts at the international level, the UN Member States unanimously approved a proposal by Slovenia to proclaim 20 May as World Bee Day. Slovenia is a nation of beekeepers, and beekeeping enjoys a status equal to that of other types of agricultural activity. The significance of bees and ensuring their well-being is well understood.

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