Our region is rural: Due to the proximity to Duisburg, Düsseldorf and the Netherlands, many commuters live here who enjoy the quieter country life in their free time, for example when cycling here, which is very popular here. On a bike tour through our area you will discover numerous farms and rest yards, one and two family houses as well as only a few residential complexes but no industry. It is worth discovering.
In 1998 I came to the Lower Rhine for family reasons and stayed here. In 2005 I started with the hobby “beekeeping” and set up 5 bee colonies in the garden. In the course of time the 5 bee colonies became more.
In January 2012 I officially founded the “Imkerei am Niederrhein” from my hobby beekeeping in my home town of Pfalzdorf. At the beginning, my apiaries were housed in small groups in private gardens. In 2015 and 2018 I acquired a total of 1.5ha of forest, meadow and forest area in the local landscape protection area in two steps. After many negotiations with local authorities, I got approval for two buildings that house the beekeeping's technical infrastructure. The local flora can almost be described as wild: Large parts of the area are unprocessed, natural forest and green areas with wild blackberries, which offer the bees nectar and pollen in spring. In addition to blackberries, maple, chestnuts, birches and oaks, an unbelievable number of other flowering and auxiliary plants grow on this area, e.g. Phacelia, blackberries, marjoram, sunflowers, lavender, dandelions, streaky silphia.
In order to provide the bees with pollen early in the spring, over the past few years, hundreds of crocuses, daffodils, tulips and other onion flowers have been planted in the meadow at the bee's location, which is mowed by hand twice a year. This is a wonderful sight in spring!
No synthetically manufactured chemical products are used on the entire site to combat by-plants or pests. Flora and fauna are more or less left to their own devices. To support the bird life, food and nesting opportunities are offered all year round. We use solar energy to generate electricity. I work in beekeeping all year round and in special activities such as "Day of open doors" my two daughters support me.
The honey harvest can be easily controlled so that nothing has to be sorted out. The reject criterion is the water content of the honey. Should this be too high, the honey can be used as baking honey or for feeding the bees. Old honeycombs are melted down and processed into wax candles. Wax from the honey harvest is used to make new honeycombs and cosmetics (creams, lip balm ...). Old frames that are not suitable for further use are used as fire lighters. Green waste occurring on the site is composted. Tree pruning can be found as filling material in a Benjes hedge on the property.