WE RESPECTFULLY COLLECT HONEY ON THE LAND OF THE AWABAKAL PEOPLE. WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS OF COUNTRY THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA AND RECOGNISE THEIR CONTINUING CONNECTION TO LAND, WATERS AND CULTURE. WE PAY OUR RESPECTS TO THEIR ELDERS PAST, PRESENT AND EMERGING. 

©2019 BY URBAN HUM.

URBAN HUM

Honey & beeswax produced in the heart of Newcastle

Urban Hum is a small artisan beekeeping enterprise located in Newcastle, NSW. As passionate beekeepers we are committed to the health and well-being of our honeybees. Our bees come first. This is reflected in our management practices and ethical honey production. Working alongside our bees, we produce delicious urban honey in the heart of the city. Each jar is unique to the suburb it’s made in, with small batch production and single hive origin. So you get to taste honey from one hive at a time, one suburb at a time.

 

100% PURE RAW AUSTRALIAN HONEY

We are dedicated to environmental and socially responsible products.

 
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OUR STORY

We love what we do we hope you do too.

Our beekeeping journey began with poor pollination in our suburban backyard. Zucchini plants in our veggie garden flowered beautifully, yet no Zucchinis grew!  So we took ourselves off to a beekeeping course and got our first hive of bees. One hive quickly led to two. And two hives led to a full-blown passion with these majestic insects and finally to Urban Hum. We now have 110 hives dotted all over the city.


We sell our honey at local Newcastle markets as well as hosting fun and informative beekeeping workshops. Check out our events calendar and come visit us.

 

100% SUSTAINABLE PURE URBAN BEESWAX

Beeswax is a natural by-product of honey production and we hate to waste one drop of the hard work our bees put in. Our beeswax range of products is
all natural, and takes advantage of this amazing ingredient as a base.

 
 

OUR WORKSHOPS

Bee part of the urban revolution.

Join Kelly and Anna to discover the amazing world of honeybees in Newcastle.

 

'I attended my beginner's beekeeping course on Saturday. It was AWESOME. Kelly and Anna are extremely passionate about bees and their bio-security. I encourage everyone to go to an Urban Hum beginner course. Even if you don't keep bees, it's fascinating. Can't wait for the next workshop!!!"

Ally Turnbull 2016

 
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BEGINNERS

Introduction to backyard beekeeping

This one-day beekeeping course in Newcastle will get you started on your journey to becoming a beekeeper. Perfect if you already have a flow hive, or if you are still looking for which hive is best for you. Includes all the tools you will need for the day. 

  • Learn the basic skills needed to care for your colony.

  • Learn about bees and bee behaviour.

  • Find out what type of hive suits you.

  • Look inside a working beehive. 

  • Experience honey extraction and taste honey from different hives.

ADVANCED

Have you been keeping bees for a little while and now have some questions about more advanced hive management?

This half day course covers various skills including swarm management, what to do if your hive is queen-less, and re-queening. The course has both theoretical and practical components. Participants are encouraged to email questions prior to the course to ensure we cover your needs.

The course fee includes morning tea and all the equipment you will need for the day.

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HIVE TOURS

Look inside a working beehive

Ever wanted to look inside a beehive and see a honeybee colony in action? Book a spot in a hive tour, and suit up to look under the hood of a hive with Apiarist Kelly for a unique insider experience. The two-hour tour includes a talk all about the amazing world of honeybees followed by gearing up to get hands-on with working hives in our Mayfield Teaching Apiary. Ages 10 and up.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Learn more about the amazing work of bees!

Here at Urban Hum, we are passionate about educating as many people as we can about the joys and wonders of honeybees and how much we need them. We offer a range of programs including talks and demonstrations for clubs and organisations; hands-on school holiday workshops for kids; school and preschool based education programs; and educational hive tours. Contact us about booking a talk or program for your school or club.

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START YOUR OWN BEEHIVE

Buy a colony of bees to begin your own beekeeping journey. You can be on a waiting list for a swarm or buy a Nucleus Colony with all the bees you need to set up your own hive in your backyard.

 

MEET THE TEAM

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KELLY LEES

Co-founder and Insect Whisperer

Kelly began keeping bees seven years ago. An interest in better pollination in the garden led to an obsession with bees that has become Urban Hum. A self-confessed science nerd, former chef, and high school art teacher, Kelly is passionate about education and passing on her knowledge of bees to everyone and anyone who wants to listen. Kelly is also passionate about local food, growing produce in urban environments and helping connect people to their food sources.

ANNA SCOBIE

Co-founder and Ernest Environmentalist

Anna is passionate about bees, good design and gardening. She is the driving force behind the genesis and growth of Urban Hum. Anna spends most of her time behind the scenes of Urban Hum creating a socially conscious business, but still occasionally gets roped into collecting a swarm! A dedicated visual artist and self-taught graphic designer, Anna is the creator of the Urban Hum identity. Her focus is on local Australian made production and sustainable packaging solutions for Urban Hum products which drives a tireless search for ways to keep our environmental footprint as light as possible.

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URBAN HUM BEES

All 7,650,000 of them

Our 110 hives are dotted around 26 suburbs of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie in private residences and commercial buildings such as cafes and restaurants. Each hive has between 50 and 80 thousand bees, which means about 7.5 million bees zooming around town. All our bees are European Honeybees (Apis mellifera) and although they are equipped to sting they will only do so if their hive is in danger. Bees are very focused on their jobs and not at all concerned with what we may be doing - let them get on with their work and they will do the same for you. If you have flowers or fruit and vegetables in your garden, you are likely to see bees. They are excellent pollinators and will contribute to the productivity of your plants.

 

WE BRING KINDNESS TO EVERYTHING WE DO.
WE HAVE FOUR MAIN VALUES THAT GUIDE US.

Bee kind to honeybees.
Bee kind to the environment.
Bee kind to our customers.
Bee kind to the community.

 

WEDDING FAVOURS & CORPORATE GIFTS

We can provide you with the opportunity to offer your wedding guests the sweetest of thank-you favours: pure Australian honey! We derive great joy from the process of creating a simple, personalised gift of thankfulness for you.

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SAY HELLO

Join the conversation about bring bees into the city. Find out more about Urban Hum, or just say hello.

 

"We are dedicated to environmental and socially responsible products. We love what we do, and we hope you do, too."

Anna & Kelly