Adopt a beehive from the apiary "bee happy Imkerei" in Mooskirchen (Austria) and receive your organic honey and beeswax products at home. Gerhard will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also be able to download the adoption certificate, and if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one beehive is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: Although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.
You adopt a beehive from our apiary in Mooskirchen (Austria). The apiculture here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2012. Each hive is named after a flower and is made from wood by a local craftsman. The beehives are remote, surrounded by forest and grassland. I'll send you photos of your adopted beehive and keep you up to date on what's going on with the work. You will also find an adoption certificate in your user account. My ladies are of the *Apis Mellifera Carnica* variety - good-natured, gentle and hard-working creatures. Most of the time I can work with them without a beekeeping hat - unless bad weather is looming or there is something wrong with the queen. But I notice that as soon as the hive is opened; if the bees flare up, I already know that something is wrong. The size of my hives corresponds to the standard size Jumbo: high frames for the brood in the lower wooden unit and low frames above for the honey. This way I don't have to lift too heavy and can produce single-variety honey more easily. I treat the Varroa mite, the main problem in beekeeping, by means of gentle oxalic acid evaporation after all the brood has been removed at the beginning of August. This oxalic acid vapor is very well tolerated by the bees, but not by the mites ;-) I feed the bees with organic beet sugar. As a result, I have mite-free colonies on new comb. If the beekeeper does everything right and no extreme event such as a bee disease occurs, a bee colony can theoretically live forever. The queen can be up to 5 years old, but as soon as she no longer lays eggs well, the bee colony independently draws a new one and the cycle begins again. Bees themselves live a few weeks in summer and a few months in winter. I buy purebred queens from a beekeeper friend of mine, so I have quiet peaceful colonies. Each beehive produces an average of 50kg of organic honey and beeswax products per season. 25 CrowdFarmers will share the adoption, and each one will receive a box containing 2kg of organic honey and beeswax products.
After the honey centrifugation in late summer you can choose between 3 harvest boxes containing my craft products (honey, beeswax wraps, candles): __Box 1 “Pure Honey” (2kg box):__ 2 x organic chestnut honey (500g each, screw-cap jar) 2 x organic forest honey (500g each, screw-cap jar) __Box 2 “Honey and Beeswax Candles” (1.8kg box):__ 1 x organic chestnut honey (500g, screw-cap jar) 1 x organic forest honey (500g, screw-cap jar) 2 x organic beeswax candles (250g each) __Box 3 “Honey and Beeswax Cloths” (1.6kg box):__ 1 x organic chestnut honey (500g, screw-cap jar) 1 x organic forest honey (500g, screw-cap jar) 3 x beeswax cloths (2 large ones 50cm x 50cm, 1 small one 30cm x 30cm) You can participate in a beehive with a maximum of 25 shares - for each share you can choose either box 1, 2 or 3. __My organic honey:__ There are only a few days of the year when the crops are harvested. These days are jovial, because everyone helps: Grandpa Hans, my wife Blanka and the boys Noah and Neo. As a beekeeper, I can influence the quality of the honey by carefully selecting the location and timing of honey extraction. I only spin very mature honey (with a low water content of around 14%). I have already won a number of gold and silver medals in competitions for this. Because chestnut trees only occur in certain regions, honey from these trees is a speciality. It is golden red-brown in colour, liquid to slightly viscous and has a pleasantly tart, sweet taste with a spicy, pungent finish. Many of my customers swear by this honey and only want this one. My forest honey impresses with a slightly malty-caramel flavour. It is particularly viscous and tough and those who know it love it. Of course, the honey is not the same every year, sometimes there is more linden blossom nectar, other times other blossom nectar domiantes. This depends on what blooms earlier and closer to the apiary. Blossom honey crystallises faster than, for example, forest honey, it should then simply be gently heated to a maximum of 40 degrees. Honey should generally be stored in a cool and dark place so that the valuable ingredients are preserved. __My organic wax candles:__ Since I carry out a complete brood removal in late summer, a lot of new honeycomb material is built by the bees. I melt down the old material and get a nice amount of valuable organic beeswax. I also heat this wax gently and filter it so that it is 100% pure. Making candles is a nice winter activity. I don't have that many moulds, so I cast a batch and meanwhile continue to work on new bee frames until the candles have cooled down. I love the wonderful scent of the beeswax, which also goes into my clothes and hair. __My organic wax cloths:__ I make the wax cloths lovingly by hand. I take the decapping wax produced during honey spinning (it is particularly antibacterial and fine), heat it gently to a maximum of 60 degrees and brush the cotton cloths with it. Then the cloths are stacked on top of each other in the oven so that the wax is evenly distributed everywhere. The fabrics are made from organic cotton. I receive leftover pieces from a tailor's shop and these are washed without chemicals before use. The wax cloths are ideal for storing all kinds of food (bread, cheese...) and for covering bowls filled with food. You can also gently clean them with warm water. If used properly, they last a very long time. You will receive your harvest personalised with the name you chose at the time of placing the adoption.
When will you receive it?
We usually harvest forest honey in early July and chestnut honey in early August. Depending on the weather, climate and degree of maturity, the harvest time can be postponed by 2-3 weeks. After harvesting, the honey is stored in a cool place, samples are taken and analysed. Each glass is then filled and labelled by hand. Your share will then be sent from the beginning of September.