SHARON Fisher, who lives just out of Dumbalk, has been growing fruit and vegetables for many years.
Sharon has also taken her home made produce to markets as well as selling at the farm gate.
About seven years ago, Sharon and her husband Rob, decided to do a basic beekeeping course which was being run in Leongatha.
After doing the course they were both hooked on beekeeping and went about learning as much as they could about bees.
They soon set themselves up with their first hive.
Such was their enthusiasm that they were instrumental in setting up a Beekeeping Club based in Leongatha.
The club continues to meet with monthly meetings attended by between 40 and 50 beekeepers.
Rob and Sharon started with one hive and have built up gradually to 26 hives.
The honey from these hives is sold locally.
Their hives also do the important job of pollinating their fruit and vegetables.
About four years ago Rob and Sharon started marketing beekeeping equipment to local club members and hobbyists.
If you would like to learn more about the gentle art of beekeeping, a field day is to be run on Sunday, April 17 at Darnum Primary School, between 10am and 3pm.
This event is being run by the Gippsland Apiarist Association and the theme of the day is “Honey harvesting and packing down hives”.
A separate program is being run for beginners on that day.
If you want to find out more about the field day you could ring Bill Ringin on 5633 1326.