Queen Bees – mother-and-daughter beekeeping duo Jamie Furness 2021-05-30 1 min read Wholesome Honey is a family-owned honey business in Logan West operated by mother-and-daughter duo Daryl Lamusse and Joelle Predl. The family extracts and distributes honey from several beehives at private properties, forests and national parks. Mrs Lamusse said Wholesome Honey was different to other beekeeping businesses because it was absolutely natural. “It’s cold processed with no chemicals,” she said. Daryl Lamusse, founder of Wholesome Honey Mrs Lamusse said she was first inspired to start beekeeping because of the many healing properties of honey. She had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, and she bought her first beehive eight years ago hoping the raw honey would improve her health. “From there it became a passion, and it just grew and grew and grew,” she said. Her daughter Joelle Predl also conducted regular hive inspections around the area to educate other beekeepers, check for diseases, and monitor the health of other people’s beehives. Miss Predl’s children, Bailey, Euan and Yakira, were also involved in the business. “For the past five to eight years, beekeeping has been a huge part of our lives,” she said. “The kids help extract honey from time to time, and eat honey like it’s going out of fashion. “Bees brought us together as a family.” Joelle’s children help to extract honey from the beehives. Wholesome Honey is distributed to Capilano and sold at local fruit and vegetable stores. Mrs Lamusse said they also had an “honesty box” at their home in Jimboomba for neighbours to buy honey at the gate. The process for beekeeping starts with growing a baby box of bees into adult bees, which takes about 28 days. The mature bees collect nectar from flowers and bring it back to the hive to make honey. The beekeepers then remove the trays and put the frames through an extractor machine, which separates the honey from the wax. Once the honey has settled, it’s ready to be bottled and sold. “It’s more involved than that, but that’s the basics,” Mrs Lamusse said. Joelle Predl conducts regular hive inspections at other beehives in the area.