How this boy, 10, created a honey empire
FOR most people, the thought of being surrounded by thousands of bees is something out of a nightmare - for ten-year-old Finn Tolhurst, it's a daydream.
The Reedy Creek schoolboy first started beekeeping after a school project in Year Four, learning about revolutionary projects to save the planet.
"When he came to us with the idea he had researched it, he had a business plan, he said 'I need five hives to buy a car by the time I'm fifteen," she said.
"He'd been saving for a couple years for a PlayStation, but he was happy to redirect that money."
Now he has a thriving local business selling honey, donating 10 per cent of his profits to a beekeeping project in Malawi, set up by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
So far, Finn has made $87 which has gone towards buying labels and jars for his second harvest which he hopes to make a profit from.
And the dream car he hopes to buy will depend on how much money he makes.
"I really want to support other people to be able to do beekeeping, because it's really fun and it's a way to make money," he said.
He auctioned his first 1kg jar on a GoFundMe page, which quickly reached its goal of $3000 among the community bidders.
Though she works in marketing, Ms Tolhurst said she and her husband help out very little when it comes to running the business.
"His own natural instinct in that area has come from him," she said, adding he had always had a talent for business.
"He came and said, 'I'm going to do a blind taste test with all our family and friends, and if people like my honey more than shop honey, that's how I'll make my prices'."
A single 500g jar sells for $7.50, while 1kg goes for $13, with his latest batch making 15 of the smaller containers.
As for the future, Finn hasn't decided just how far he wants to take the business, but he's certain he'll figure it out soon.
"It depends how far I want to go with it, maybe I can do it as a backdrop and just make some pocket money with about ten hives," he said.
"If I want to go full on and get 100 hives, I could have a job and it would be a halftime thing."