The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.

Sweetree Hakarimata Honey Back in Stock!

Written by Stephanie on May 27th, 2017.      0 comments

Hakarimata-main-946Finally our popular Hakarimata honey is back in stock!  It is truly a delicious honey, according to Annabelle White (Chef, Author and TV personality) "Hakarimata is super - intense, full flavoured and quite delicious".

Sweetree's Hakarimata honey is collected from the Hakarimata Range which forms part of the western rampart of the Waikato Basin.  Nestled in the foothills, our bees feast themselves on the copious sources of nectar from native flowers above and pasture flowers below.  This devine honey won Bronze in 2014, Gold in 2013 and Silver in 2012 in the 'Beekeepers Special Reserve' honey competition with the National Beekeepers Association Honey Show. We will enter it again this year for the first time in a few years.

Purchase Hakarimata honey here

Then try making Sweetree Honey Oats Cakes with Hakarimata honey.

Sweetree HaBEEtat - More Tree Plantings

Written by Stephanie on May 18th, 2017.      0 comments

You may recall that in 2013 we dug out a swampy area at the back of our property into a pond to create habitat for native birds and for our bees, it's our Sweetree HaBEEtat.  Over the last few years my stepfather has been growing and tending to native plant seeds and together we have planted hundreds of native flax, grasses and trees around the pond.  The pond is now looking fantastic and is the home to quite a few ducks, frogs, pheasants and the occasional visit from Tui.  As the trees grow we hope to see more native birds down there and that it will provide food for our bees throughout the year.

This weekend we had a working bee where friends and family joined us to plant over 250 plants.  Here's some photos of the day, it's coming along nicely!

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The Joys of a Family Business

Written by Stephanie on May 14th, 2017.      0 comments

The thing I love about working from home in our family business is that I'm there for our boys, I can go to their sports days, be home for them after school or when they are sick.  It's great that I can work around them. They are the reason we started this business, so I could earn an income but still be there for the boys.  

As they  have got older I've come across another bonus of having a family business, extra hands available when we need them!  The boys have helped from time to time over the years, whether it's emptying a pallet of jars into boxes, labelling jars of honey or packets of pollen, or helping to pack honey. But as they are getting older and stronger (14 & 12) I'm thinking it won't be long until they are helping Martin in the field on a regular basis!  Daniel helped Martin harvest the Ohui Manuka this season and was pleasantly surprised that he enjoyed it!  And when they have a car license they might be keen to do the markets for us!

Here's some photos taken over the years of the boys helping:


OSOF Sustainable Me Challenge for May

Written by Stephanie on May 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

Wow April went fast, on to another challenge in the 'OSOF (Our Seas Our Future) Sustainable Me Challenge'. Each month this year we will be challenged to test out an environmentally friendly behaviour that in some way impacts ocean health. It gives us the challenge to try something new for the month and decide if we want to adopt it more in our lives. January's challenge was to stay away from one use plastic and styrofoam when eating out, February was to drive less, March was to avoid microplastic and other chemicals in personal products and April was to preserve some fresh produce.

This month's challenge is to
 reduce our overall energy use by taking an energy break.  Did you know that our collective household energy consumption contributes 585 kilotons of carbon to the Earth's atmosphere each year?  You can just imagine the impact if we don't use energy for one day (or even half a day) each month.  We would make a small but significant impact on our collective carbon footprint. 

There's lots of ways we can unplug and take a day off from superfluous energy use, for example: turn off the TV for a night and go for a walk instead, have a candlelit dinner or bath, read a book, do a puzzle, or play a board game instead of spending time online.

Save Energy-484Here's What The Challenge Suggests:

Beginner: Pick one day this month to test out an energy break. Power down for 1 hour or more to start, and if that works, then try it a bit longer the next time. Find ways to make it fun for your entire household to give this the best shot at working.

Step it up: Commit to a full- or half-day energy break once a week.

Want more? On top of a weekly energy break, look around your house to find out how to make more impactful, longer-term changes to your home or your lifestyle. 

See the OSOF website to read how saving energy is good for the environment and the different things you can do to reduce your energy output.

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