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Talking Food Security

We were delighted to be invited to talk to members of Canberra’s SEE Change.   The ‘SEE’ in SEE-Change stands for Society, the Environment and the Economy and its members are striving to create a sustainable Canberra. SEE Change is a not-for-profit and has local groups throughout Canberra. The venue was a beautiful, large open space at Jindii Eco Spa

Unfortunately, as many of you know, despite her excellent planning and abundance of native flora, Canberra isn’t always kind to bees.

When bees in Canberra suffer from malnutrition it shortens their lifespan. We know the bees in Canberra are not living as long as they should, and this has already had an impact on our food security.

At the moment, the wattle is starting to flower, but when it finishes flowering bees will still need access to pollen in the late spring and summer.

Iceland Poppies are bee friendly and will flower into late spring and – tell me – who doesn’t love poppies?

There is lots of information about bee friendly plants in a new free guide developed by the Rural Industries Research Development Corporation. You can download it by clicking here.

-- Carmen Pearce

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