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Recording - Episode 83: Urban Beekeeping with Amanda Collins and Morag Gamble - Urban Agriculture Month part 2

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This episode is all about keeping bees in our backyards. This is part of our 5 part Urban Agriculture podcast series celebrating Urban Agriculture Month (Nov 2022).

My guest today is Amanda Collins of Ballarat Backyard Beehives and member of the Ballarat Permaculture Guild. Amanda and her partner Scott became accidental beekeepers ten years ago after being gifted a hive and falling in love with the bees.

Since then, their passion for beekeeping has grown into a small apiary of 80 hives, delivering beekeeping courses and undertaking formalised training in beekeeping, training and assessment and Agribusiness.

Amanda is the founder of HiveMind Community Apiary, a community apiary established to provide beekeeper training for people at risk of living with a mental illness. The couple are strongly connected to their local community and are advocates for urban farming, verge gardening and sustainability.

Urban Agriculture Month
This special Urban Agriculture series on Sense-Making in a Changing World is brought to you by the Permaculture Education Institute in collaboration with Sustain Australia - celebrating growing food in cities and towns for Urban Agriculture Month.

Podcast Host: Morag Gamble
Morag Gamble, founder of Permaculture Education Institute & teacher of permaculture teachers, is a passionate advocate for urban permaculture and has been deeply involved in creating, supporting and networking projects and programs for 30 years on 5 continents. She is cofounder of Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane and the Australian Community Gardens Network. Her blog and youtube channel include loads of urban permaculture content and this podcast features many urban agriculture pioneers.

This podcast is supported by Permaculture Education Institute - teaching permaculture teachers globally. We host courses, and free film club and masterclass events.

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live work and play and pay or respects to elders past and present.

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