There is a natural mystical flowing
After years of beekeeping practice and countless hours of observation it is clear to us that bee colonies, these wise superorganisms have acquired the knowledge of patience and know better than anyone, how to adapt to the natural environment with harmony and balance.
The beehive is the ultimate example of successful resource management through synergism. Bees and their society prove to be great educators and we only need to follow their example, making slight adjustments at the right time, just like the time a bee approaches the flower to get its nectar.
We treat our bees with care and respect, practicing what is known as “sustainable beekeeping“, which is nothing more than trying to “listen” to them every time we open a beehive box. In effect, we strive to maintain strong and healthy beehives.
We keep the native honeybee subspecies (apis mellifera cecropia, apis mellifera macedonica), which are well acquainted with the local climate and prove to be more resistant to diseases.We do not use any chemical glues for hive construction and our are hives are constructed by wood. We use only organic preparations and mechanical methods for the treatment of pests and diseases.
These procedures may be less effective in comparison to chemical treatments and demand more effort by our side, but are definately less stressful for the bees and leave no residuals on wax and honey.
Strong and healthy bees can cope with diseases and weather conditions during winter or summer, as they are able to regulate hive temperature more easily, with less energy.
Greece, as a region, has all the hallmarks of a sub-tropical semi-arid Mediterranean climate. That said, some 80 percent of its landmass is mountainous (the third-most mountainous country in Europe) providing significant bee-forages. The variety of landscapes and microclimates in Greece is stunning, creating a unique mosaic of vegetation conditions across the landscape.
The vascular flora of Greece comprises 5885 species and 2000 subspecies, of which more than 1400 are endemic, which means that they are Greek flora native species and don’t exist anywhere else in the world. The majority of the plant species in the Greek flora consist of aromatic and medicinal plants, forests, and shrub vegetation. The possibilities for the bees seem to be endless!
Nomadic beekeeping is a practice which beekeepers traditionally follow in order to take advantage of the different temperature conditions and microclimates across a region. The natural environment of Greece, with its rich biodiversity, unique indigenous plants and herbs consists of variant microclimates ideal for honey hunting.
As nomadic gatherers we pursue flowering events according to the year-round availability of high-quality forage plants. We migrate our beehives periodically every year from southern to northern Greece. We spend winters and early springs in the south, where flowers begin to blossom from January, and as temperatures rise, we migrate the bees to the north of Greece, where summers are wet and mild.