TOCAL College was a hive of activity on Saturday.
The annual Hunter Valley Amateur Beekeepers’ Association’s Tocal Beekeepers’ Field Day returned, with much support.
NSW Department of Industries honey bee development officer Elizabeth Frost said about 650 people attended the free event.
“Beekeeping is quite popular these days,” she said, adding it was the longest running field day in Australia, at 38 years old.
“People came from as far as Brisbane.”
The sweet event was free for those interested, and included a day of lectures to better equip beekeepers to care for the vital critters into the future.
Being American foulbrood (AFB) Awareness Month, the day included a focus on the peril of the fatal and incurable brood disease of European honey bee.
Ms Frost said Tocal Agricultural College offered a range of courses to help beekeepers.
Those interested in joining the fast-growing movement are encouraged to contact the Hunter Valley Amateur Beekeeping Association.
For more information, contact president Danielle Lloyd-Pritchard on 4921 6214, or find the group on Facebook.
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