A summery, radiant organic blossom honey from the current production with refreshing aromas and a wonderful taste which unfolds on the tongue first gently, then more powerfully
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2019
Enjoy it pure on your breakfast bread, in muesli, for baking or in tea
Our honey has an unlimited shelf life, for legal reasons we give it a minimum shelf life of 2 years after bottling; keep it dry and cool
Raw honey can crystallise over time, this is a normal and natural process, if you like the taste of liquid honey better, we recommend warming it slowly up in a warm water bath
Wild bees are far less present in the perception of many people than honey bees. Perhaps it is because wild bees do not produce honey.
We asked ourselves: How would it be if we, by producing organic honey, actively contributed to the protection of wild bees, drew attention to their situation and thus appreciated the environment around us? The idea of two friends, Björn Szeghedi and Dirk Weikert, became a registered association in 2017: Bienenhilfe für Umweltschutz e.V.. I, Björn, discovered the fascination of being able to observe honey bees at close range during my law studies. At that time Dirk was head of an auditing department in the public service. For both of us the time with the bees has become more than a hobby: It's a passion. Since I was able to experience the special closeness to the honey bees, I pay much more attention to the course of the seasons and the plant world than before. I love to see the first sallows blooming in spring, because that means the bees get their first food supply in the form of pollen every year. As soon as the cherry trees blossom, the time of abundance begins, which ends in summer with the harvest. That feeling of enjoying organic honey fresh from the honeycomb of our bees is unique to me.
When we founded our association we donated our honey bee colonies to "Bienenhilfe für Umweltschutz e.V." and used the proceeds from the sale of organic honey and organic honey wine in specially initiated projects for wild bee protection. Dirk made most of his land available for this purpose, he is particularly committed to imparting knowledge on the subject of wild bees and takes care of accounting. I myself am responsible for the well-being of the honey bees in organic beekeeping and for organic certification. Our most famous project, entitled "Maya's wild sisters", supports the children of our primary school in building nesting aids and getting to know wild and honey bees during a project week. We believe that CrowdFarming gives us a chance to find many new followers of our project and enjoy our honey! It is a step to help the wild bee and its protection to get more attention. This is why we name our bee families to be adopted after wild bee breeds and plants that promote bee diversity!
We are located in a village in the south of the Bergisches Land (North Rhine-Westphalia) in Much. Our region is surrounded by the water protection area of the Wahnbach, which flows into the river Sieg and into the Rhine near Bonn. We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to experience an amazing amount of biodiversity in fauna and flora around us. Our currently 110 bee hives, which we have set up for our CrowdFarmers, are located at several carefully selected sites around the village of Much-Roßhohn. Due to the mountainous relief of our area, the elevation difference of the apiaries at the largest scale is about 200 meters.
The welfare of the bees is a matter of the heart for us, therefore we reject stressful migrations with the bee colonies for the purpose of maximising yields or the unnatural feeding of sugar for the winter. Instead, we take only the portion of honey produced by the bees in excess of their needs. If the winter lasts longer, we give the bees their honey back. For this purpose, we keep a winter reserve at all times.
We run organically certified beekeeping and dedicate the proceeds to the protection of wild bees: We actively organise regular project weeks with children from our local primary schools - here we can rely on two teachers who are active in beekeeping. We let the children actively experience our honeybee stand in order to arouse their interest in the wild bees worthy of protection. In addition, during the project week, each child makes its own wild bee nest aid from a kit. All costs incurred within the framework of the project are covered by us.
As a registered association (e.V.) we are committed to our self-defined goals. In our statutes the promotion of nature conservation, landscape conservation, animal protection with special consideration of bees as well as all insects of the hymenoptera family and the advocacy for the interests of environmental protection including educational and research work in the mentioned areas are stipulated.
Although I am the only permanent employee, when there is a lot to do in the apiary I can always rely on the help of all my family and friends. Without my hard-working helpers Dirk, Dolfi, Calvin, Bertil, Jana, Donka and Hermine the apiary would not be complete. We organise the work on the bee colonies after the so-called bee year:
In winter we prepare our materials and especially the recycled wax. We have a closed wax cycle with our own preparation and mid-wall press and actively recycle the wax produced by our bees. The beehives are also renovated in winter, if necessary. As we do not feed sugar, we pay special attention to the supply of the colonies in winter by weighing them regularly. This method is very gentle for the bees, as the bee house does not have to be opened for this. If there is not enough honey in a colony, which has never happened before, we give some back to the bees from the reserve.
Spring is the time of abundance for the bees, a lot of nectar and pollen is flown home. Here we make sure that the colonies can live out their swarm instinct by placing swarm cells together with some bees in new bee houses. This way the colonies multiply. At the end of spring and summer we harvest the honey of our bees. We make sure that there is always enough honey left to supply the colony and we plan this in advance with regard to the amount of honey for your adoption.
At the end of the summer, we ensure that the bees can hibernate and feed on fresh honeycombs. To do this, we remove old honeycombs - already abandoned by the bees - and replace them with recycled beeswax of our own. This process is carried out as a closed wax cycle. To reduce the varroa mite - a parasite up to 1.6 mm in size that attacks the bees and transmits dangerous viruses - we use only organic acid (formic acid) at the end of the summer. Unfortunately, the colonies can hardly survive the winter without this treatment. In autumn the cycle closes and starts all over again.
Bienenhilfe, Much, DE
2 men and 2 women
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