Voi Hyvin Honey is produced at Komppa-Seppälä organic farm. All honey that we sell is from our own beekeeping.
Bees collect honey mainly within 3 kilometers from their hive. Normally we have about 8 beehives in an apiary to secure that all hives have access for enough flowers. Apiaries are 4-6 km from each other, assuring sufficient land area for all our bees. Apiaries are arranged into all day work trips with apiaries along the road to save time and fuel.
Beehives are on other peoples land. Nowadays we get request for bees as landowners are starting to realize that with bees nearby they get much better and secure crops from wild berries, fields and gardens.
Beekeeping year starts in April when bees fly for the first time. After that we check all hives for amount of bees, queen presence and food stores. We also clean the bottoms from the bees that died for old age during winter.
During summer we visit hives about every nine days. As number of bees grows in hives, we add more boxes to hives. At every visit we check if bees are trying to swarm. If they are, we do as the bees want and split the hives into two parts.
Mid July- mid June is time for the honey. The sun is shining 20-22 hours / day, and everything in nature is growing. Summer in here is intensive but short. As we say, don’t blink your eyes for too long or you’ll miss it. The midsummer long days makes the plants to produce a lot of aromatic substances, and this is part of the flavor of our honey.
In midsummer we raise queens, which we also sell to other beekeepers. Towards the end of July we start harvesting and extracting.
In August after honey harvest we start to prepare the hives for winter. We see how much they have honey and feed organic sugar to bees to secure adequate winter stores. By November hives are ready for winter and on last trip we put mice nets in entrances to keep the mice out of the hives in winter.
During winter we pack and sell our honey. After New Year we start to make new frames and maintenance work for bee boxes. In April the bee year starts again.