What do we account for?
Honey, Honey bees and Aromatic and Medicinal Herbs. But we go beyond this!
What do we do?
We develop work in the North of Portugal, Minho region in three main areas: Beekeeping, Educational Services and Food Production Systems Improvement.
... in Beekeeping
We aim to manage a good quality honey production, using simple and less-chemical practices. We sight the best for our bees. How?
- Working repeatedly to the welfare of our swarms;
- Using clean and effective techniques of swarm handling;
- Ensuring a protected local ecosystem;
- Finding out the best techniques to queen rearing, which is the "mother" of the swarm;
- Preserving the genetic variability of different queen bees.
Educational Services for what?
We live in an ever changing world, however is still crucial to preserve certain knowledge and traditions such as our local ecosystem. How? Joining the local community together to take care of their local identity. We aim to:
- Disclosing what we know about bees in schools and other educational institutions;
- Promoting workshops in order to teach youngsters how we deal with bees, what can we do and what we should avoid in beekeeping and organic farming;
- Demonstrate that there is no need to fear bees by learning how they behave and how they preform everyday tasks. It is possible to live near an apiary or bee colonies in perfect harmony.
We believe that is essential that the youngsters understand the importance of pollinators, such as honey bees, for our own sustainability.
Why Improving Alternative Food Production Systems?
Honey bees help farmers to produce more and better vegetables and fruits by efficiently pollinating their crops. They work for free! This way, it would be inconceivable not to trust in farmers to protect the local ecosystem and bee colonies. Bees and farmers rely on each other working side by side in the same place and time. We trust farmers to adopt better methods for soil, water, air and bees. We aim to:
- Motivating farmers to adopt organic farming principles and practices in their fields;
- Teaching farmers eco and bee-friendly techniques and equally effective that improve yield and quality of their products.