Robinvale Field Trip
Posted August 19, 2014
Robinvale Field Trip
16th & 17th August 2014
It was a busy weekend for us with the Robinvale Field Trip and the Riddells Creek Farmers Market (a big thanks to my hubby for attending the market, so I could attend this field trip).
The field trip was a great success, with a bus load of enthusiastic hobby and future beekeepers, which made for some very interesting conversations. It was a long way to go but all worth while and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The bus left Doncaster at 8:00am and pickup around 20 of us from Diggers Rest around 9:00, first stop was Woodend for a cuppa break and a stretch. Stopped for Lunch and a browse at Echuca and then off for a visit and a tour around the Turrumbarry Weir and Lock. Arriving at Swan Hill we got settled into our hotel with a welcome reception and some light refreshments, then off on a river cruise on the PS PYAP, cruising the Murray River (with more food , refreshments and socializing), then back to our hotel for a late dinner and early night.
Up early for breakfast and then for the tour of the Almond and Avocado plantations. Although the Almond tree were not in full bloom it was still an amazing sight, over 102,000 bee hives, set mainly in groups of 150 hives over miles and miles of Almond trees. I must admit I had not previously thought about all the work and effort that is required to setup the whole process,: identifying the locations, sourcing the hive, health and safety issue, contractual agreements, hive health, hive management and the list goes on.
Grapes, Almonds and Mangoes are the other major produce that is also grown in the area, one problem with the almonds and mangoes is the frost but once the trees are over 3 years old, this is no longer a major problem.
After visiting the plantation it was then off to the blossom festival at Robinvale, great music, lots of local food and crafty stalls to visit and the sunny weather made it an even better day.
We then had the long trip home but considering the trip was non stop most of the time it was nice to sit back, take it easy and relax on the way home.
I would like to say a big thank you to the Doncaster Bee Club for organizing the trip and allowing us to attend.