Hive Haven has designed and manufactured an innovative native bee box that will help Australian native stingless bees survive increasing heatwaves and enable the harvesting of native bee honey. Manufactured by rotational moulding on the Sunshine Coast, the hives are unique in that they have a hollow insulation cavity which can be filled with a gel which enables the hive to maintain a stable temperature. The company is also trialling cold weather hives which feature a small heater located in the cavity.
Hive Haven bring a swag of social enterprise ethos and values to the table. They combine innovation with a passion for promoting our native pollinators, both for home use and as an alternative to commercial honeybee pollination in agriculture.
Hive Haven would like to see native bee farming taken seriously as a sustainable agri-business. Honey bees (apis mellifera) are facing increasing pressure. Governments and food producers around the globe are turning their attention to the native bee as the pollinator of the world’s future food crops. Native bees also produce small quantities of honey which Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders have used as a food and medicine source for tens of thousands of years.
Hive Haven donates 10% of gross product sales (pollinator mix & native honey) to installing native bee hives at schools and retirement villages. Our hives are currently installed at:
- Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast
- Australian Parliament House (Canberra)
- Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
- Maleny Dairies
- International Montessori School
- Glasshouse Views Retirement Village
- Beerburrum Service Centre
- University of the Sunshine Coasat
- Queensland University of the Sunshine Coast
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