Organic farm “Dolní Křečany” in Czech republic
The farm is located in the protected areas of Lužické Hory and Labské Pískovce, which surround the national park Czech Switzerland (České Švýcarsko). In these unpolluted areas unaffected by industrial activity are three stable and 15 migrating bee populations.
In winter, the bees are relocated to stable places, where they are fed solution of honey and water. In spring, they are distributed among the migrating areas, depending on where the best foraging grounds are. Due to the farm’s diversity and independence, they own over 30 hectars of ploughlands, where they plant low-maintenance plants, such as a natural variety of buckwheat, which is primarily used as feed for the bees. It allows the bees to produce a honey that is rich in rutin and provides them with high quality pollen.
After pollination, the buckwheat is sold to bakeries and as animal feed. The farm also owns 12 hectars of flower meadows and 30 hectars of forest and makes use of 1500 hectars of pastures from fellow eco-friendly farmers, where the bees forage occassionally.
After removing, the honey is ran through wide mesh sieves to separate only large pieces of wax. The honey is not filtered any further. The producers try to keep it as close to its natural state as possible. Then, honey is only poured into cans. It is never melted, as that could lead to its degradation. All honey is subject to the strict testing of the Inspection Body of KEZ (Inšpekčný orgán ekológie KEZ,o.p.s.), and only gets the organic certificate after perfect laboratory analysis in cca 700 residuals.
At the farm, the farmers try to be as close to the bees as possible. They adapt to the needs of the bees and move to areas with enough foraging grounds. While collecting honey, they always leave at least 20 kg of honey in the hive, so as not to limit the bees in their pollination efforts or cause distress and hunger.
This is the highest quality honey and the only farm in the Czech Republic to produce organic honey of such high quality.
Our thanks to Mr. Bc.Vojtěch Hájny, the “beemaster” at Farmy-Dolní Křečany.