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Bee beginnings . . . Jess Curtis (18), of Cardrona has won the 2019 Apiculture New Zealand Ron Mossop Youth Scholar ship. PHOTO: BRIANNA CURTIS

Jess Curtis (18), of Cardrona, has won the 2019 Apiculture New Zealand Ron Mossop youth scholarship.

The scholarship covers training costs of up to $2000 and a membership to Apiculture New Zealand and will help her Jess’s aim to build a business specialising in boutique local honey at her family’s sheep and beef farm, Branch Creek Station.

people bees in their natural environment by doing tours and promoting sustainable living.”

Her interest in bees started at the age of 5 when her Granddad bought her a bee suit.

I was always fascinated when Granddad came home covered in bees and smelling of honey.

“Once he got me the suit and we went out a few times, I just loved it.

She viewed the scholarship as an important way of connecting to the wider industry, especially other young beekeepers, and learning as much as possible.

“I’m so happy and grateful to have won it.”