Provence Honey
NectarPerty
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the apiary "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one {variety} 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: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the apiary "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one {variety} 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: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
A bee colony of the Apis mellifera carnica or buckfast (Brother Adam), species and their natural hybrids. Each {variety} is adopted by 12 CrowdFarmers who receive a box with {masterUnitsMax}kg of {production}. Our bees live in wooden Dadant hives, with 10 or 12 frames, in an environment almost free of pesticides, as it is located in the middle of the natural regional park of the provençal Baronnies. The beehives are nearby the Ouvèze river (bees, too, need water to live). There are 10 of them, which we named after well-known airports: BER (Berlin-Schönefeld), CDG (Paris-Charles de Gaulle), DUS (Düsseldorf), FRA (Frankfurt), HAM (Hamburg), JFK (New York), LHR (London-Heathrow), LYS (Lyon), ORY (Paris-Orly), TXL (Berlin-Tegel), as a reminder of the far-away civilised world! Every beehive hosts a colony of 10,000 to 50,000 bees depending on the season. A colony produces roughly 25 kg of honey on average per year. During harvest, we take the honey frames out of the hive and remove the seal from the honeycomb. Then the frames are spun in a centrifuge and the honey is filtered. The honey matures in stainless steel barrels for at least two weeks before being filled into jars.
What will you receive?
The box we will send you contains: 2 x Provençal garrigue honey (500 gram per jar) The provençal garrigue honey is harvested at the beginning of the summer. It comes from the pollen of provençal plants, such as rosemary, thyme, savory, but also box trees, bramble, broom, clover and heather. It has a lovely golden color. The flavours of the Provence region are highlighted well in this honey through an intense, persistent fragrance. It has a fresh taste, with a touch of lemon. 2 x Lavender honey (500 gram per jar) Lavender honey is harvested in the middle of the summer. Its particularity is that it does not contain much pollen, and therefore has a very light color. Its composition can incorporate other plants blooming at the same time, as bees can’t be forced to forage for nectar from just one field! This rare honey will surprise you with its subtle scent. It has a nuanced sweet taste and its aroma stand out among all others. Stored in a dry place away from light, our honey will keep its quality for at least two years after harvest. Naturally, raw honey will evolve over time, and can crystallize depending on its floral composition. If you prefer it liquid, you may heat it gently in a water bath.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
How does it work?
Meet the Farmers
Adopt and plan your harvest
Let the Farmer and nature work
Receive your harvest at home
Mariane Heberlein
My roots are here in Montauban-sur-l’Ouvèze, where my grand-father comes from (I was born in Buis-les-Baronnies, roughly 20 km away, which is also where our olive trees grow). My husband and I met during our studies. He was born in Berlin and always had a green thumb, but he saw a lavender field for the first time when he came to Montauban-sur-l’Ouvèze at the beginning of the 90’s. I cherish this apiary as it has lived on through generations: my grand-father kept bees for family consumption and my father further developed the activity; he volunteers in a beekeeper association, and started to sell the surplus. He is keen to pass on his knowledge and shares his passion with my husband who also trained as a beekeeper. Over the medium term, we aim to devote ourselves fully to this activity.
Mariane Heberlein

"The practice of beekeeping fascinates me because it conveys the cycles of nature in a very concrete way. The resulting honey produced here, on the Provence hillsides, is a real delight. I am happy to share with you its authentic qualities."

NectarPerty
NectarPerty
Our namesake is the Perty pass, located in a lateral valley of the Mont Ventoux, and whose peak is the Chamouse mountain at 1,500 meters. We are practically at the source of the Ouvèze river, which flows into the Rhône near Avignon. We do not operate the apiary for maximum efficiency, but aim to preserve the species in line with animal welfare. We strive for a circular economy: for instance, we recycle wax from old honeycombs to form the basis for new frames needed for the next season. Respecting nature through beekeeping gives everyone the greatest joy, from the point of view of the Farmer as well as of the Crowdfarmer. We handle resources carefully, and are planning, in the medium term, to seek an organic certification. In addition to beekeeping, our small enterprise is also engaged in growing olives, another family farming activity. We cultivate an olive grove of the « tanche de Nyons » variety in Buis-les-Baronnies and transform our harvest in table olives, olive oil and olive paste.
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NectarPerty, Montauban-sur-l’Ouvèze, Drôme Provençale, FR
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