A sweet family business, with a sting

After reluctantly giving in to her family tradition of beekeeping, Jodie Goldsworthy and her husband decided to go it alone. Now Beechworth Honey is a powerhouse in what can be a surprisingly bitter industry.

The website of Beechworth Honey, Australia’s second biggest honey business, says the owners, Jodie and Steven Goldsworthy, represent the fourth generation of the family tradition, which is sort of true, up to a point.

It’s true that Jodie’s great grandfather, Ben Robinson, was a beekeeper, and so was her grandfather, and her father, but she didn’t inherit the hives, or the business. They went to the oldest male, her brother Jamie.

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