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I work with passion since always in bakery as in beekeeping

For 27 years I lived from my passion for bakery-pastry (I fell in it when I was small, like Obelix!), I then worked many years in agro-commerce. It is there, in contact with some of my clients, that I was once bitten by beekeeping!

That started out as a hobby.

It quickly became a passion. Passionate about permaculture and environmental protection, this life choice has allowed me to live in line with my deep convictions. I am freer and more serene today!

Located in the heart of the Haut-Jura Natural Park

I started as an amateur in 2015. Unfortunately, my first bee colonies did not survive the winter. This hard blow made me wonder very quickly what type of beekeeping I wanted to practice, according to my values. I had the choice to work with imported hybrid bees or with the local black bee.

They led me to choose to protect and raise the endemic black bee in our regions. My beekeeping is based on a practice that respects the well-being and work of bees and biodiversity.

I don’t do transhumance, which creates a lot of stress in bees. I don’t buy industrial wax. My bees build their own wax on the frames. I do not practice the "clipping" of queens, which consists in cutting a wing of the queen to prevent the colony from spreading. A barbaric practice in my opinion.

I chose in this year of drought (2019), to leave the reserves (honey in the bulls) to my bees, rather than harvest their honey and feed them with syrup. This greatly reduces my production, but will allow them to survive the winter.

I am deeply convinced that they are grateful for the attention, respect and love I have for them. The proof is that the wild swarms come to our apiary by themselves. They land in the nearby trees and wait to be collected.

This is why on this site, you will find only 100% Jura natural honeys, in limited quantities, since I do not grow my bees at yield, I refuse to sacrifice them on the altar of productivism.

I take only 10% of the honey from the hive, working with the honeycomb crate leaving everything else as a winter supply.

Sedentary apiary

On the foothills of the High Jura the feeding zones remain far from the field crops

My mountain apiaries

They are between 900 and 1200 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Haut Jura Natural Park. All foraging areas remain far from field crops, thus far from the application of plant protection products. Bees grow in mountain areas, in the very heart of the pastures used to make our famous and famous cheese «Le Comté».

My apiaries of the First Jura Plateau

They are located at about 600 meters above sea level, close to the charming village of Verges, known for its 15th century castle and its daffodil-covered undergrowth in spring.

The meadows are then covered with yellow dandelion flowers, then in late June thousands of honey flowers invade them. The forest of the Heute Coast, lush and green, offers to our dear black bees a feast of pollen, nectar, honeydew of firs, oaks and many others

What brings to our honeycomb or our cold-pressed honey or our honey breach 

Selection and breeding of endemic bees

Hive body frame for royal cell search to make a selection swarm

be inspired by nature

Here’s the idea!

How do our bees multiply? When bees feel cramped in their tree trunks, swarming fever begins, the swarm splits into two parts and the queen of the previous year leaves the hive with half the honey reserves and half the colony, including the foragers.

The other half remains in the tree, the bees naturally choose larvae and raise them into royal cells to give birth to a new queen so that she guides the swarm to become a colony.
I’m inspired by nature to grow my black bee swarms to maturity. I don’t do "picking" (selection by the beekeeper of the larvae), no intensive breeding.
To sell my endemic black bee swarms, they must meet strict specifications, otherwise they are downgraded.

In a natural breeding

It is the bee that decides and raises the new mother in the hive and the shepherd of bees that I am, just make sure that everything goes well with precise gestures, tried for years.
Promoting and helping to preserve our native (endemic) black bee, in order to avoid its disappearance, in the face of the importation of bees from other countries that are not adapted to our region, is the ecological challenge that arises today. Réservation d'essaims

To conclude...

My friend Bernard Nicollet is a pioneer of natural beekeeping and common sense.

" Make sense of your beekeeping ".

That’s what my friend Bernard says every day.
This is fundamental to our ecosystem, to our survival on earth. There is no planet B.

When I lost everything, you gave me your knowledge, your years of experience, without restraint. For me too to be armed to face the difficulties and work to preserve our endemic black bee, I thank you.

That’s why I feel invested in a mission. With humility and great passion, it is my turn to transmit this knowledge to you, so that we may be ever more numerous (alone, you go fast, but together, we will go further!).

Let us save our native (endemic) black bee and let it continue to do the work for which it was created.
We can’t tell our children, our grandchildren, we didn’t know! So I try, at my level, to do my part, to repair, offering crumbs of exceptions and taking care of our bees and our Mother Nature.
I restore the fruit of this biodiversity through my small production of Honeycomb, Squeezed Honey which you will find here in my shop.my shop

My passions when I’m not with my black bees

When I’m not busy at the apiary, I have other passions. My permaculture garden keeps me busy until the fall. I also cook a lot for my family and friends, who appreciate our homemade wood-fired bread, as well as our pizzas.

In early 2019, I had a childhood dream of learning Scottish bagpipes. I joined the Jura Highland Pipe and drums with my daughter! When my schedule allows, I join my fellow pipers to host various events and parties in the region. During this sad time of lockdown, I play regularly to salute and thank all those who fight every day to save lives, care for our elders and to allow us all to continue to live.

Contact me:

Honey from the bees
35 Le Bourg Derrière, 39150 - Fort du Plasne, France

Phone: +33 6 32 58 28 00

Siret: 39093649000031

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