Honey is a 5 year old kelpie whose vibrant personality and strong opinions keep the farm in good working order. Bringing in the cows is fun but chickens are even easier to round up. The best things in life are exciting rambles around the farm with the humans, giving proper Kelpie Welcomes to farm visitors and sunny summer afternoon snoozes on the grass.
Jackie's husband Luke has had a diverse career excelling at everything from his fitter machinist trade to professional kid's party clown. He has a passion for permaculture, self-sufficiency and encouraging a circular, zero waste economy. Luke has a Cert III in Horticulture and is currently undertaking his Cert III in Beekeeping. Luke previously ran bee shows for Honey World and his favourite thing about bees is how well they pollinate his fruit trees. One day he hopes to reclaim couch space from Honey.
Luke's wife Jackie has enjoyed a similarly diverse career from running pack horse treks to her trade as a boilermaker. She has a passion for healthy soils, agroecology and farms which give back to the environment. Jackie is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Science specialising in Regenerative Agriculture at Southern Cross University. She has been awarded a 2023 Nuffield Scholarship supported by Agrifutures to study Integrated Pest Management in beekeeping internationally. She loves that bees are the ultimate democratic female empire.
We are looking for a farm hand/trainee beekeeper for 2 days per week. Preferably Monday and Wednesday but we are flexible with days and hours. You will need a car licence, no bee sting allergy, physical fitness and a can-do attitude with a desire for excellence. You do not need any prior experience.
This is a very flexible role so if you are keen on some aspects but not all please get in touch.
You turn up to work, collect your equipment and head out to the apiary for some hive inspections. Bees are flying everywhere as you carefully find the queen and split a nucleus hive off from an overcrowded hive. You take some photos and post about swarm season on the farm social media accounts. The next day you feed the pigs, chooks and geese before sorting out some produce. You make some compost, clean some eggs, and move the chicken caravan and electric netting to a new location. You make and paint new bee boxes and frames for next week and organise equipment for the cattle fencing you will be erecting. Before you go you take some photos of the adorable new goslings and put them on the farm social media accounts.
Does this sound like the job for you?
Email us your resume with 2 references and a one page cover letter. It should detail what hours and days you are after, any prior farm experience, your ideas around regenerative agriculture and when you are available for an interview. This will be in the apiary. See you there!