With five hives and over 330,000 bees, Fairfield RSL’s rooftop apiary is thriving. Our last harvest brought in 30 litres of honey, and we can expect even more bountiful harvests in the future as our bees settle into their new home. Whether wild or domesticated, bees play a vital part in maintaining life on earth, as they pollinate a huge majority of the world’s plant species, allowing these plants to reproduce. Bees are so important to agriculture that farmers pay beekeepers to set up hives beside their fields while their crops are flowering. More than one third of everything we eat, from apples to meat and dairy, would be lost if bees weren’t around to pollinate the crops and grasses that feed us and our livestock.