You wouldn’t bee-lieve it: Bicton teen turns beekeeper

You wouldn’t bee-lieve it: Bicton teen turns beekeeper

BICTON teenager Luke de Laeter has been a beekeeper for only seven months but he is already thinking about expansion.

Luke (14) is the youngest member of the WA Apiarists’ Society and received his first hive as a birthday present in July.

Since then he has harvested between 10 and 20kg of honey every fortnight, selling the produce mainly to his neighbours, family and schoolmates.

“My mum suggested I get bees for my birthday, so I did some research and found out how important they are and how much we need them,” Luke said.

“I harvest with my bee buddy Roy; he just gives away his honey so I might start buying it off him and then sell it through my company to little cafes.

“Eventually, once I get my second hive, I want to sell at markets.”

Luke plans to split his hive before winter and is looking at buying a cart to tow jars of honey behind his bike to nearby Bicton Baths.

Anybody interested in buying the 100 per cent raw product can contact Luke through his Facebook page, Luke’s Bees.