Paul Berry Discusses being an Organic Beekeeper – KM030

We went down to meet Paul in his packing facilitate in Auckland, it was great to finally meet Paul after only chatting via Twitter in the past.

Sorry about the sound quality on this one, our recorder failed so this was recorded with Paul’s iphone. Which didn’t turn out too bad. Excuse the plane landing at around the thirty minute mark. We were near the Auckland International Airport

Paul Harvest 2012There is some great content so please bear with us. We will start saving up a better recording setup to do better field recordings. We would love to get out of the studio and start doing more out of the studio interviews.

Paul produces organic honey and also runs a meadery that produces some beautiful mead. Pauls Meadery is at Sting Honey Mead

You can check out Pauls Website and follow him on Twitter for some great photos of Pauls mobile office.

His web site is at Sanctuary Honey, follow him on Twitter at @StingMeadery

Resources Mentioned

Links Mentioned

Scientific Beekeeping – Randy Oliver’s Great Website
Chat with Robin Bedard from Canada

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About Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop. He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping. Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment. He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

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6 Responses to Paul Berry Discusses being an Organic Beekeeper – KM030

  1. Tyson says:

    As someone who would like to transition into a sideliner organic honey producer from someone who keeps bees and removes them, I’m grateful you interviewed a commercial organic beek!

    • Gary Fawcett says:

      Hi Tyson,

      Thanks for listening to the show, its great to hear you enjoyed the interview with Paul.

      It goes to show you that you can keep bees on a commercial scale without using pesticides in your hive.

      Good luck with your venture and we would love to talk to you one day about your bee rescues you do. Get in touch if you are keen to come on the show at some point.

      Cheers…Gary

  2. Colin says:

    The organic label gets thrown around a lot these days. Not putting chemicals on the hives is one thing, but, how do folks like Paul justify where the bees may be flying or where they may gather from? If bees from the organic hives travel a distance to a field of clover that exhaust fumes from landing aircraft frequent, does this effect the honey? What about agricultural land that the bees may stumble upon in gathering pollen and necter? To use another buzz word, bees are pretty ‘free range’ there isn’t much control on what they are gathering correct?

    Just curious how this is rectified and how the organic label is justified.

  3. Paul Berry says:

    I have to agree with Colin that “Organic” is a buzz word that does get thrown around, but not nearly as much as the “many assumptions made by the uninformed” as to what quantifies genuine Organic production.

    Having a MPI RMP registered export specific warehouse close to the airport is simply that, all our hives are run in the wilds of the Coromandel ranges.

    Sanctuary Honey Ltd holds the highest Certified Organic standards available in New Zealand, namely the COR (Canadian Organic Standard) as well as Asurequality technical rules, UK soil and health, JAS etc.

    What this means to the layman is that all Organic sites must be Audited and qualify to the Organic standards by being specific distances from council maintained roads, non organic farms and any non native vegetation within flying distance.

    Every batch of our honey is also individually tested utilising a “Multi Residue” laboratory test, designed to detect residue in ppm of 250 chemical compounds and our Organic honey must pass 100% before each batch of honey receives its final Asurequality certification.

    I trust this may answer your questions and additionally shed some light in what it takes to be an “Organic beekeeper” …

    Paul

  4. Kevin Inglin says:

    Really enjoyed the interview with Paul Gary. Great show. Kevin

    • Gary Fawcett says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for the feedback, yep it was a great talk on the day. This show has been very popular. We will have to see if Paul can come on the show again at some point.

      When is your next show coming out Kev?

      See ya…Gary

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