beekeeping

The bees have been the very first protagonist of our adventure: they made us meet and start developing the project we are bringing to life today. We started with just few hives and today we have four apiaries, with an overall of seventy colonies, for a total of almost three million bees, which every spring and summer roams our woods and fields, looking for flowers.

From the very beginning we have decided to practice sedentary apiculture, keeping the hives in stables position: all our four apiaries are within twenty kilometers radius from home. Their foraging territory is then sufficiently varied to allow them to produce different type of honeys, but at the same time with a good level of similarity to make our bees always feeling home.

The practice of nomadism infact, if in one hand allows the beekeeper to have always several different varieties on its market stall, in the other hands  imply a lot of transportations, which means more carbon dioxide in the air,  and a huge stress for the bees, forced to work in an extremely high population density in the areas interested by some important blooming.

We are also very keen to create an environment where the production is in balance with the natural life cycles of our colonies.

It is following this deep respect we have that we define our daily activities: we use only organic products to defend our colonies from any disease or  the Varroa Destructor, bees deadliest enemy, using also "mechanical techniques" to counteract it.

If it happens that our bees needs some additional food in periods of dearth, we never give them sugar but only some of their own honeycomb that we storage for this particular occasion.

birth of a bee

Also all the queen bees are breed in our place and never bought from distant specialized beekeepers..

We try overall to keep in mind that bees, even if we say we "breed" them, they are actually wild undomesticated animals, demanding therefore a different, respectfull approach and understanding, not only for the honey they give us and their extremely important pollination job, but also because they are one of the most spectacular creations of Evolution .