Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia

by Pontis Foundation Vetted since 2012
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia
Help save bees and beekeeping in Slovakia

We were not thinking that it will be so difficult. Our goal was to teach kids and public about the connection between  our food and pollination. But, it was not only about education. We found that it´s very important also to help children loose their fear from bees. This important step was the missing piece of bees education, and now we finished our puzzle. We are not teaching, we are creating friends of bees. 

We had finished our sixth beekeeping season in our apiary, and we are proud, that we made hundreds and thousands kids and adult friends of bees. Now is the time to go further.

From this year we extend our program on solitary bees, butterflies and bumble bees. We are preparing new experiences to make new friends of all pollinators. They will see how solitary bees are securing future for their posterity, how colony of bumblebees is building their home and how is it possible that this beautiful butterfly used to be ugly caterpillar. Cross your fingers for us to make year 2019 a year of pollinators. Because they also need friends. Thank you. 

Our beekeeping season is over. The bees are checked, protected against varroa mite, fed before long winter. And despite that, its beeing talked about the bees, the landscape in Slovakia and region more and more.

When experts are talking about the bees

It was really tight. Not much was missing and the bees would have won the grand prix. At least we had won a special recognition. Award for the landcsape went to town Banská Štiavnica and its renovation of its calvary. The victory is very deserved. At least we have brought up a topic that starts to be discussed among the profesionals - the bees and their importance in the landscape.

When kids are talking about the bees  

With the beginning of the new school year, the extra-curricular activities start as well. To the beekeeping class for children at the elementary school in Lucenec a new class was established at a school in a small village Utekác. We are very happy that our beekeeping classes are visited by more and more children. Children are pointing at us at the street of a town also at the village- " this is the beekeeper".  And what is the most important, new generation is talking about the bees.

When people at the streets are talking about the bees  

Standing in line at a shop the cashier is smiling at us. With the feeling that there is something on my face we come to pay. And the cashier is telling us, "I know you. You are working with the bees and schools."

This situation might be familiar to celebrities. Now this feeling is familiar to a beekeeper, ecologist. 

Slovakia is tossed by different topics. Election, hockey, celebrity shows.. and now also the topic of bees. When the topic of bees is discussed by general public and professionals, its great. We hope it is not just 15 minutes of fame but we hope our small team achieved a big thing: topic of bees is discussed...

Yes, it's true, everybody wants to be(e) a beekeeper. It's modern, it´s fascinating and also cool. You only buy bees and it will help nature, you will have honey, money? On the beginning it's fun and easy. But then…
…You will have living superorganism, which work in really unique way, each. Organism, which you need to understand, to know all diseases and parasites, their needs. It's not only to keep bees, you need more, you need to be a GOOD beekeeper.

In 2018 we made 11 beekeeping courses and 1 long term course for unemployed people. This is 133 people. But these are not only beekeepers. They know, that to be a good beekeeper they need to have healthy bees in healthy environment and treat them only in ecological way. They know about natural pollinators, about sustainability in the country.

So we hope, this year we'd known 133 GOOD beekeepers who realize that BEE is more important than HONEY. We enjoy every news from new apiaries.
Now we end courses for 2018 and we are already planning the year 2019. And we think, it will be good to change the name of the course to: How to be a GOOD beekeeper…

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I see trees and bees, white flowers too, I see them bloom for bees and us. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white. For beekeeper blessed day, the dark nights for planning and I think to myself what a wonderful world.

White mountains, but without snow
After very long days of winter, spring begins. Hazel´s twigs heavy under irrecoverable pollen, hills white. Not from snow, but now from blossoming wild cherry trees and later from acacia. Heaven for bees. This year starts great for bees, but also for us. We have joy from strong bees. And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Hey kids, BEE happy!
Spring is also time of school excursions at our educational apiary. Kids are little scared first, but then they are full of experiences, joy and happiness. We are only at the beginning of workshops and we have already 100 new little friends of bees. Happy kids who are not afraid of bees, what a wonderful world.

Beekeeping like aristocrats

Our bees in public park in Lucenec, give us a feeling that we are middle ages aristocrats. Beehives under old big trees in big green areas. And for kids is biggest experience to have drones in hands and see the queen of course. Yes, we have a queen! God save the queen and the bees, what a wonderful world.

Future beekeepers
In April we have started also beekeeper courses for beginners. We really enjoy work with people hungry for information and new knowledges. First tree courses finished, and we have already 32graduates. We hope, that they will be good beekeepers. Responsible beekeepers with healthy bees, what a wonderful world.

I see friends shaking hands…
Yes, we see new friendships in our course for unemployed people from region. We are starting in May and will end in October. They will work with their own bees at our community apiary and will get own tutor for half year. Beekeeping is a way for job opportunities, what a wonderful world.

Bees doesn't sleep in winter. They are preparing for spring same like our organization. Last year was full of big things (new apiary, we were community project of the year, nature classroom or first conference under our direction). So it will be hard to make 2018 even greater. But only at the beginning of the year we see big opportunities.

Butterfly effect
Will have our new small project effect for whole Slovakia? In march we will start building a house for butterflies. No, no butterflies from the world, but locals: Small tortoiseshell, the peacock butterfly, or the red admiral.
Schools will visit our new pavilion for educational activities. Adults butterfly will be released into nature, what will support the local biodiversity.

Flight of the bumblebee
Our butterfly pavilion will have also playground where kids will learn more about colourful and useful pollinators by game. Last part will be bumblebee nests where it will be possible to look at their colony thru the glass. And also look at their majestic flight!

Bee’s knees
Plans for beekeeping courses we made in October. Now, all of our courses are full and we are looking forward to see all of hopeful future beekeepers. But this year (with your support) we start also new social beekeeping course. The course is aimed for people from our region that are unemployed in long term. They will got for free full course in duration from April to October, and will get also a starting beekeeping kit. This is the bee’s knees of our work.

Thank you for your support and stay in touch in 2018.

 

Photos:
1. Hives are still under snow. But bees are preparing for spring. Same as our organization.
2. Direct contact with pollinators will have big impact for the kids.
3. Bees are chance for long time unemployed people from the region

 

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Pontis Foundation

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia - Slovakia
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Marek Chalány
program coordinator for individual philantropy
Bratislava, Slovakia
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