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Bush Honey

Season 2

Life sounds pretty sweet in WA’s pristine Kimberley when you’re producing beautiful raw bush honey. Given the region has no industry or other pollutants, the bees thrive among the Saltwater Paperbarks, Grevilleas and Melaleuca. This Indigenous owned family business has just been awarded a grant as part of the Coles Nurture Fund. And they have some exciting ideas about how to spend it. To learn more, David Appleby of Walaja Raw Bush Honey joins me now to discuss:

  • David’s favourite place on the farm is being surrounded by Melaleuca Trees.

  • David is a retired commercial pearl diver and shares the correlation between the two careers.

  • He currently keeps 400 bee colonies and has only been in the industry 10 years.

  • The mentors David has relied on.

  • The challenges, and advantages of the West Kimberly environment for bee keeping.

  • This beautiful region has no pollutants and David shares the uniqueness it brings to the honey.

  • How David and his wife, Diane, started Walaja Raw Bush Honey – an Indigenous Family owned and produced business.

  • The indigenous practices they use to manage the land and bees.

  • Sharing knowledge and pioneering a new way in the industry.

  • David won the Coles Nurture Fund grant and his plans for this money.

  • The advancements David has made to medicinal-grade premium Melaleuca Honey which comes from the ‘Medicine Tree’

  • The similar mindset between bee keeping and pearl diving and, what David loves most about working with bees.

  • The biggest challenges and learnings from bee keeping.

  • The most unexpected thing to happen since starting to keep bees.

  • The most common misconception of bee-keeping.

  • David’s ultimate dream for the future.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.



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