Project Pink - pink bee boxes in the field

Project Pink – Women in Beekeeping

As beekeepers, we all have our own beekeeping equipment: hive tools, smokers, hats, and bee veils. When we are working our bees out in the field we often share our equipment over the day and then retrieve them at the end of the day. Working as a team usually works incredibly well. We all pitch in and help each other. But to be honest, there can be some tension in the bush if three people are sharing the same equipment because one or two people have forgotten their hive tool, or their smoker. Maybe the hive tool got left in the honey shed or it’s in the truck, but today we are working from the ute. There are plenty of reasons!

Beekeeping teamwork - imagine doing this with only one smoker

Beekeeping teamwork – imagine doing this with only one smoker

Last year, Jodie (a 3rd Generation beekeeper) made a plan to stop the men from sharing her beekeeping equipment out in bush. She thought a girlie colour might deter the usual “sharing” when someone else makes use of her equipment because they couldn’t find their own. And so, Project Pink was born.

Project Pink - Pink Hive tool and smoker

Project Pink – Pink Hive tool and smoker

Jodie has loved having more pink in her beekeeping world and the amount of pink has steadily grown over the past year.

Project Pink - Jodie in her pink akubra

Project Pink – Jodie in her pink akubra

The most stunning way to see pink in beekeeping of course is: Pink Bee Boxes.

With the colour chosen, and with the help of the next generation, bee boxes have been transforming.

Project Pink - Richard (4th Generation) painting bee boxes

Project Pink – Richard (4th Generation) painting bee boxes

Project Pink - Painting the bee boxes

Project Pink – Painting the bee boxes

 

It’s been a delight to everyone to see how Jodie has been changing the colour of our beekeeping in our family.

Project Pink - Pink bee boxes ready to go into the field

Project Pink – Pink bee boxes ready to go into the field

Project Pink - pink bee boxes in the field

Project Pink – pink bee boxes in the field

It didn’t take long for the pink bee boxes to start filling with honey, and rotating into the honey shed and through the extracting plant. If only they had pink honey in them!

Project Pink - Pink bee boxes filled with honey

Project Pink – Pink bee boxes filled with honey

Project Pink has been in action for nearly 12 months and this is how Jodie looks out in the field.

Project Pink in action - queen breeding

Project Pink in action – queen breeding

It’s a family joke now that Jodies’ bees are pink, and that its only a matter of time before her queens are too!

Jodie says: “You can’t see her, but this Queen is pink inside here”

Project Pink in action - a gorgeous queen cell

Project Pink in action – Jodie (4th generation) and a gorgeous queen cell

Jodie is changing the colour of beekeeping in Australia – the guys continue to mostly wear khaki, but not the girls!

Girl beekeepers united in pink

Girl beekeepers united in pink

We look forward to sharing pink honey with you all…. one day… Jodie will work out how to do it !

What do you think? Would you eat pink honey??

Regards

The Honey Delight Family

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