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Wiener Bezirksimkerei
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The project

Adopt a beehive from the apiary "Wiener Bezirksimkerei" in Vienna (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of organic honey at home. The Farmer Adriana 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 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: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt a beehive from the apiary "Wiener Bezirksimkerei" in Vienna (Austria) and receive your harvest in the form of organic honey at home. The Farmer Adriana 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 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: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a beehive that we take care of following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2016. Our honey bees belong to the Apis mellifera carnica family, which is the most prominent species in Austria and well acquainted with the local climate. The long tradition of bee-keeping led to this species becoming very resistant but gentle, while delivering high quantities of honey, which makes working with them easier. We usually work without protective gear but in a deliberate way so they usually let us know very fast what they are up to and what is better left alone for another day. It all started as a hobby but due to a unique concept, it rapidly evolved into a business. The aim was to introduce more bees into the city. Taking the idea of “local production” to heart, we established beehives in all the districts of the city which also led to the name for the company, “Wiener Bezirksimkerei”, which literally means “Viennese district apiary”. Today Vienna comprises of 23 culturally and historically diverse districts with very different characteristics, one can also taste through our products. The honey varies in colour, smell and flavor depending on its location within the city. From a botanically view point Vienna has the highest biodiversity within the whole country, so it being elected as greenest city of the world in 2020 is more than just a nice marketing slogan. Compared to other forms of beekeeping, doing so within a city is very special as it requires less resources. Since the bee hives are located on (before generally empty) rooftops, they do not require additional space, otherwise used for different purposes. From their “penthouses” they visit neighbouring parks and gardens, to gather what is currently in season. To us, organic or non-organic has never been a question, as it was always clear there is only one valuable option for us. People often wonder if organic agriculture within a city is actually possible and we can happily tell them yes! In fact, it is even easier than in the countryside, where the use of pesticides and insecticides not only complicates organic production but also the life of the bees in general. Of course we also follow the regulations of organic agriculture regarding animal feed, shelter and treatments not just because of the rules but because we care for and respect the animals. The amazing biodiversity and (as we like to think) our efforts also led us to win “the golden honeycomb” a prize awarded by the Austrian beekeeper association, for exceptional honey. After the summer harvest our bees are left to build their own natural honeycombs, as if they would do when they are swarming and move into a new home (which also does not yet have any honey reserves). We take away all the old, often virus-infected honeycombs, to give them all the space they need to build a natural structure within the hive. To support these changes they receive double the amount of organic feed they would need to survive the winter. Whereas this leaves us with very high additional costs, we consider it an investment into the health of our honey bees and therefore the future of the hive itself, because only new combs and unburdened feed can lower the virus contamination, which is one of the biggest threats when it comes to bees dying. A regular worker bee’s life lasts about 6-8 weeks during the summer while those hatching before the winter live for about 7 months. So her life very much depends on when she is “born”. The drone, the male bee, generally lives from April to August and the average queen bee has a life expectancy of 2 to 4 years. Each beehive bears an average of 28-30kg per season. Each beehive is adopted by 40 CrowdFarmers who receive a box with 1 kg of organic honey.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 1x __honey box “Across vienna”__ (consisting of 24 jars á 37g containing the various flavors of the city) The Master Box for our Crowdfarmers contains a tasting box with a jar of honey from each of the 23 Viennese districts as well as a Cuvée from all the districts combined that we like to call our “Mielange”. 24 times 37 grams to explore Vienna through its flavor. The box is made from eco-friendly cardboard of an appealing design and with detailed information about the special traits of the various honeys. Each year our honey is sent to a laboratory not only to ensure it is not contaminated but especially to find out about the variety of pollen the bees have collected throughout the year. The processing of the honey is done in the most considerate way possible, by hand. After extracting the honey from the honeycomb, remaining beeswax particles are removed. We are careful never to raise the temperature of the honey above 40°C degrees Celsius to preserve the nutrients, which make honey so precious. The fact that the honey has never been heated above 40°C is also the reason why it starts to crystallize, when stored for a while. This process is not a detriment but rather a quality feature. If you would want to liquify your honey again, you can carefully heat the jar in water. Regarding the beneficial enzymes it contains, the honey is of course best consumed while “young”; but stored in a dark and cool place it is consumable well past its official expiration date as it basically holds forever.
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. Our honey is harvested in July and after a settling period, bottled at the beginning of September.
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.
Plastic-free
Organic
BPA-free

How does it work?

Meet the Farmers

Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 31/07/2021
Delivery starting on the 13/09/2021

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

73.57€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Pesticide-free
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Young Farmer
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Small Farm
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Adriana Traunmüller
The Vienna district apiary is driven by female forces! My name is Adriana Traunmueller and I found my calling as a beekeeper. After studying psychology, I realized that I would actually rather work with my hands. So I became the first apprentice of apiculture in Vienna in a long time. Once I finished the apprenticeship, I started a masters degree while also teaching at the apiculture school in Vienna. This not only enables me to passionately accompany our hives but also our students throughout the year and gives me the opportunity to keep my own learning journey going. My colleague Maria Binder also wanted to transform her knowledge and passion for sustainability into action, after finishing her degree in biology and eco-design. Being the one skilled when it comes to organizing, she is managing the administrative tasks in the office, schedules the harvest and brings her creativity in by developing our marketing and sales strategies. We are both happy to have found a meaningful task working at the Vienna District Apiary and consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to interconnect urban life with nature. Our team is completed by the founder of the company, Matthias Kopetzky. Working as a certified witness for business fraud he is detecting criminal cases within his main profession as a forensic expert and using beekeeping as a balance. 2014 his sister-in-law called him up, telling him how her father, a beekeeper, decided to retire. Without hesitation Matthias took over the remaining hives, moved them to Vienna and laid the foundation for the Vienna district apiary. Maria and I joined him later on. As a passionate (but not necessarily always) crazy scientist, Matthias is the one conducting research projects, which we participate in. We consider CrowdFarming an amazing and modern concept, bearing a lot of advantages for farmers as well as customers. We are happy to, in this way, deliver our honey directly to you, the Crowdfarmer, without further intermediaries.
Adriana Traunmüller

"Organic beekeeping in cities is basically agriculture at the consumer’s doorstep. Our beehives are distributed across Vienna’s parks, urban rooftops of hotels or historic buildings, universities, vineyards or idyllic private gardens provided by bee-loving homeowners, often accompanied by amazing views across the rooftops of the city."

Wiener Bezirksimkerei
Wiener Bezirksimkerei
Our apiary is located in centric Margareten, the 5th district of Vienna. The Austrian capital is divided into 23 districts, all of which are home to (some of) our bee hives. This focus on various locations is also reflected through the name “district apiary”, we chose when starting in 2014. Our home base in Margareten is a testimony to what we do and love, as entering the office one is greeted by the aromas of honey, propolis and beeswax, making you stop and just enjoy it for a second. While this location hosts our office, a little shop and the space we need to process our products, we are hardly ever there during spring and summer as that is the time to go visit our approximately 200 bee hives all around Vienna. We are moving around a lot, getting to enjoy the often amazing views across the city as the hives are located all over Vienna’s parks, urban rooftops of hotels and historic buildings, universities, vineyards or even private gardens provided by bee-loving homeowners. We are a small team of three people: Matthias our founder, by his family often called the only “king-bee” in the world as he appears to be flying around whenever the bees are. Maria, the conductor of our little humming group, keeping the organization afloat and Adriane, probably our most passionate team member, leaving behind psychology to work with our bees instead. It is not just the company that is labeled organic but our mindset, which we try to integrate in as many areas as possible. We are guided by the principles of sustainability and circular economy. Considering these principles we strive for innovation and with some courage often go for a learning by doing approach, which sometimes leads us towards something great and other times not. Another very positive trait about working with bees is the fact that there is hardly any waste, everything is being processed or re-used. In our organic apiculture the main material is wood, which at the end of its lifecycle can be thermally utilized. Other materials from the hive are generally biodegradable (e.g. can be composted) and/or re-used (e.g. beeswax). The plastic containers from the feed are being recycled. Through our regional partners we are supporting the local supply of the people with honest products and knowledge about what they contain. Further, we are passionate about education, which is why we gladly share our knowledge about bees with our customers, partners and of course you, our CrowdFarmers. We do this for example through bee-tours through Vienna. As a participant you can act as a multiplier of our knowledge transfer and together we can work towards a sustainable future, preserving nature and its biodiversity.
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Technical information
Address
Wiener Bezirksimkerei, Vienna, AT
Altitude
180m
Team
2 women and 1 man
Cultivation technique
Organic agriculture
Location