Becoming a beekeeper

10 things to know about becoming a beekeeper.

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Earthship video

A compilation of the animated educational portions of the Earthship

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Vandana Shiva - We Are Seeds

We are Seeds: Let us recognize that in the seed and the soil we can find answers to every one of the crisis we are facing.

Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than twenty books.  She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement.

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Gather By MGO 1,069 Bioactive Honey

Gather By's first batch of bioactive honey is world's most powerful healing honey with an actual MGO rating of 1,069, a ULF24.5. 

Gather By Bioactive Manuka Honey is sourced from the pristine bushland on the east coast of Australia. Each batch of honey is independently tested and its provenance is guaranteed from hive to home. 

To buy some of our new Gather By Bioactive Honey, visit our Honey store.

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Big wins for 500 Club

The WildThings program of Ku-ring-gai Council in Sydney has reached a milestone. 500 stingless bee hives have been placed across the council area and beyond. Congratulations to Peter Clarke and the WildThings team! 

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Feather & Bone

If you want to feel confident about the meat you're eating, then make sure you are shopping at Feather & Bone. Feather & Bone was started by Grant Hilliard in 2006 with the purpose of encouraging people to eat less, but higher quality meat. 

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Honey bioactivity levels and ratings explained

What is Manuka honey and where does it come from?

Manuka honey is made when honey bees forage on the nectar of the ‘Manuka’ bush (Leptospermum Scoparium) which is found in New Zealand. The word ‘Manuka’ is the Maori translation for this species of tree, but in Australia, Leptospermum is colloquially known as Jelly Bush. 




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Secondary planting

Pictured below is the beginning of our secondary planning at Myall lakes, as we prepared for a new planting after the success of our initial planting.

These photos depict the new damn, the beginning of a new garden and even our first leptospermum blossom! 

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Plant Progression

Once the plants are in the ground, they require minimal effort and, for the most part, we can sit back, relax, and wait for them to mature. 

Like any plant, the Leptospermum, although quite durable, still requires rain to stimulate healthy growth. The images below show heavy rain that fell during the growth of Leptospermum planted at Boolambayte, which dramatically assisted the progress of these plants.

The other images depict various stages of the plants’ growth, which wouldn’t have been made possible without the Gather By team and volunteers – like our golden retriever friend! 


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Get involved with Yarta Outdoor Kitchen

The Yarta Kitchen is being built as a meeting place – a union for travellers and visitors to gather - nourished by local, sustainable food produced at the farm and locally - prepared and cooked at Yarta Kitchen - with you.


We will provide hands on garden/field to plate experiences that not only nourishes, it connects us to our food, taking responsibility for our food security, our health and ultimate survival.  We invite you to participate with us sharing our collective wisdom and knowledge.


The kitchen framework is being funded and constructed by Yarta and our first donations. The cladding, roofing, fitting out and equipment is our next stage project aiming for a Spring 2016 opening with your support.


For complete and thorough transparency, all donations are itemised showing where the money was spent and the price of each item. In this case 100% of the funds were aplied to the purchase of rough sawn ironbark from the local timber mill, fasteners, fixtures and fittings, and concrete.

By the way, anyone participating in this are up for a fabulous time with some rewarding benefits… our gifts back to you.  Have a look here Donate

To help continue the project, visitors are invited to share in the building process, gardening and landscaping, enjoying Yarta food and camping hospitality in the process. This is your project built by you and our community.


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