Sweet result for native bee project
PHILANTHROPIC organisation the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) has just announced the distribution of $133,373 across 22 successful applicants in its latest round of grants.
The major grant of $25,000 went to the Katia Native Bee Youth Employment Project from the Byron Bay Herb Nursery.
The project aims to establish a native bee keeping business to provide employment opportunities for local indigenous youth and youth at disadvantage.
The Katia project will focus on manufacturing beehive boxes and farming native bees that can be sold or leased to the community and horticultural industry. The bees will be used for honey production as well as pollination of food crops and nut trees such as macadamias.
Participants will gain experience and skills in carpentry, native bee keeping and an understanding of the use of native bees in local indigenous cultural practices such as food and medicine production and implement making.
The Byron Bay Herb Nursery currently employs 23 people in their herb nursery, including 16 people with a disability.
They also employ four young adults in their social enterprise area, which focuses on providing employment for youth at disadvantage through innovative projects such as composting.