Gabriel began his bee farming journey in July 2017 when he was accepted by the “Be A Bee Farmer” Scheme. Two years later he is still learning new things everyday about the honeybees, the bee farming industry and all aspects of running a successful business. His work consists of nucleus production, honey extraction, wood work and completing online coursework to further his education of bee farming. His apprenticeship has also offered a great chance to gain life experience – he spent three months in New Zealand working for a bee farmer who extracts and sells the popular manuka honey that is only found there. QEST’s support means Gabriel can be employed by his local bee farmer and is able to enjoy experiences such as working in New Zealand.
2017 QEST Apprentice - Bee Farming
My most memorable moment so far has been the time I’ve spent in New Zealand without a shadow of a doubt. Being able to experience the bee farming industry and lifestyle there as well as the amazing scenery and great people.