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Learning from the Bees, conference Berlin 2019

We want to interest You in one great initiative that our friend organizing in Berlin at the end of summer:

Learning from the Bees conference would take place in Berlin starting from 29th of August.  Fratrum is part of this project, and we will help with the workshop and spreading the idea of what we do, because…

When you attend Learning from the Bees, you’ll become a scout bee.
You’ll hear about innovative projects, new research, ways to ignite your inner activist, how to contribute to ecosystem regeneration, and much more. You’ll meet the experts, engage with other attendees, and share your own stories. We’ll also equip you with ideas, best practices, tools, and resources, so that when you go home, like a scout, you can waggle-dance within your community, thus spreading bee-centric beekeeping far and wide.

Learning from the Bees | Berlin 2019 is the second in a series of conferences dedicated to bees, founded by the Natural Beekeeping Trust in 2018. This edition, comprised of a two-day Zeidlerei workshop plus two-day bee-centric conference, strives to spark cross-disciplinary dialogue among beekeepers, foresters, farmers, and others. During the conference, we will address the question, „How can we, together, envision an alternative future for beekeeping that’s more aligned with Nature and informed by what the bees need?”

The sign up at: https://www.learningfromthebeesberlin.com/

 

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6th Tree-beekeeping Workshop in Belarus: 19th to 22nd of September.

We invite You for a great adventure! Our workshop would be held for the 6th time in remote area of Naliboki Forest – biggest forest complex in Belarus, located only 90 km West from Minsk.  Seams to be far away? No, it’s just 100 from Minsk International Airport. And what’s more important if You arriving to Belarus by air You do not need visa to entry!

Participant working in pairs using a chainsaw and traditional tools will make an loge hive. The work will be carried out under the supervision of two experienced tree bee-keepers. From Poland and Belarus, both English speaking. The program of the workshop include not only discovering the tree-beekeeping tradition specific for Central and East Europe and gaining skills in log making, learning practical knowledge of hanging them on the trees, attract and keeping the bees in this kind of hives. Also we’d like to show You this beautiful place and  wild nature of Nalibki Forest, the biggest forest complex in Belarus. Workshop would be held in the most remote place in this forest on the small island surrounded by swamps and forest, 20 km from closes village and 8 km from closest neighbor. Accommodation conditions are very simple: a house with only 2 big rooms, kitchen and sauna for batch and relax after hard day of work. Only local cushion would be served prepared by local cook at place. We spend there together 3 days, working, learning and exploring the beautiful wild nature of Naliboki Forest. Sleeping bags are essential. We would stay in the place which we renovate in 2018 by ourselves using small donation we use on our crowd-funding project.

Our Place at Naliboki Forest, belarus

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5th Tree-beekeeping Workshop in Belarus: 4th to 7th of Aprill.

We invite You for a great adventure! Our workshop would be held for the 5th time in remote area of Naliboki Forest – biggest forest complex in Belarus, located only 90 km West from Minsk.  Seams to be far away? No, it’s just 100 from Minsk International Airport. And what’s more important if You arriving to Belarus by air You do not need visa to entry!

Participant working in pairs using a chainsaw and traditional tools will make an loge hive. The work will be carried out under the supervision of two experienced tree bee-keepers. From Poland and Belarus, both English speaking. The program of the workshop include not only discovering the tree-beekeeping tradition specific for Central and East Europe and gaining skills in log making, learning practical knowledge of hanging them on the trees, attract and keeping the bees in this kind of hives. Also we’d like to show You this beautiful place and  wild nature of Nalibki Forest, the biggest forest complex in Belarus. Workshop would be held in the most remote place in this forest on the small island surrounded by swamps and forest, 20 km from closes village and 8 km from closest neighbor. Accommodation conditions are very simple: a house with only 2 big rooms, kitchen and sauna for batch and relax after hard day of work. Only local cushion would be served prepared by local cook at place. We spend there together 3 days, working, learning and exploring the beautiful wild nature of Naliboki Forest. Sleeping bags are essential. We would stay in the place which we renovate in 2018 by ourselves using small donation we use on our crowd-funding project.

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4th Tree-beekeeping workshop in Naliboki Forest Belarus 4-7.10.2018

We invite You for a great adventure! Our workshop would be held  form  4th to 7th October 2018 for the forth time in remote area of Naliboki Forest – biggest forest complex in Belarus, located only 90 km West from Minsk. Where together with our tree-beekeeping brothers from Belarus we promoting tree-beekeeping as part of our common heritage, and we share it with You!

Participant working in pairs using a chainsaw and traditional tools will make an loge hive. The work will be carried out under the supervision of two experienced tree bee-keepers. One form Poland and one Belarus, both English speaking. The program of the workshop include not only discovering the tree-beekeeping tradition specific for Middle-East Europe and gaining skills in log making, learning practical knowledge of hanging them on the trees, attract and keeping the bees in this kind of hives. Also we’d like to show wild nature of Nalibki Forest, the biggest forest complex in Belarus.
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Tree-beekeeping strategy

Few expression from last workshop at Naliboki Forest. Of course full relation would be published  later on, but few information is worth sheering separately – the tree-beekeeping strategy in swampy forest’s of Belarus.  Ivan Mulin, our tree-beekeeper from Naliboki forest create and hanged on the tree’s this year about 10 small log hives. Why? This is an old tree-beekeepers strategy still used by some individuals on Belarus. Where ‚bortnik’ create 2 kinds of hives, one dedicated for honey, and others for swarms.  The smaller one are dedicated for catching swarm’s, the cavity of them is lower than standard logs so they make bee’s swarm more often than usual then fly away and look for a new home.

Preparing swarming hives. Fot Fratrum Mellicidarum

 

They are localized around territory (outside ring) where normal size log-hives are putted on the trees and tree platforms. Of course we talking about area of several square km, where logs and tree-platform are scatter across the territory. On each platform are localizeted up to 3 logs, then some others standing separately on the tree’s. But how to choose a place for placing an log or platform?
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Treebeekeeing recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Poland

In Krakow, on the 4th of October, 2016, delegates from Bractwo Bartne met with the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage. On this proud day, tree beekeeping (bartnictwo) became officially recognised as a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Poland. The application was prepared by our organisation and Prof. Krzysztof Hejke.

 

Tree beekeeping enjoys a more than 1,000 year old history in Poland. The golden era of this profession was from the Middle Ages up until the 16th and 17th centuries, when the territories of modern Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and the Ukraine formed one country and culture under the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

However, since the 19th century, the tradition of tree beekeeping has been almost entirely replaced by conventional beekeeping. Despite this, the craft has survived in many remote villages inside Belarus. We have managed to find and check the few links that connect us to the bygone era of tree beekeeping, in what is today modern Poland. Together with Prof. Hejke we have located and interviewed the last remaining people from the Kurpie and Augustów Forest regions, who have preserved elements of their familial tree beekeeping traditions. These include living and working in harmony with and respect for nature and its laws. One of the people we located is Mr. Niemkiewicz from Augustow Forest. His father taught him a special kind of log hive beekeeping many decades ago. This is the only kind of beekeeping that his family know. Mr. Niemkiewicz joined us in Krakow on the day we celebrated the recognition of tree beekeeping as a part of Polish history, tradition and culture.

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Mr. Niemkiewicz at his bee farm. Photo by Prof. Krzysztof Hejke

 

 

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Mr. Konopka from Kurpie, presenting his log hives made from tree with hive which was cut down many decades ago. photo by prof. Krzysztof Hejke

 

Tree beekeeping (PL bartnictwo) is a set of practices, knowledge and traditions focusing on honey bees, their habits, preferences and behaviours. It is based on the belief that honey bees are better off living high above the ground and that man should not interfere in the development of the bee colony.

Tree beekeepers hollow out the trunks of living trees (tree hives) or logs (log hives), so that bees can settle in them. Tree beekeepers seldom visit their hives – usually only a few times a year. The collecting and harvesting of honey is usually in autumn, traditionally after the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8th of September). Only a small amount of honey is collected, so that the bees can live from the rest.

It is believed that only a righteous and honest man should take care of bees. The status of a tree beekeeper is therefore something to be proud of.

 

 

 

 

 

Invitation for 3nd Treebeekeeping Workshop in Augustow Forest

We invite You for a 3nd Treebeekeeping Workshop organized by our Foundation in Augustów Forest, 14-16 of October, In a pine log with a height of 150 cm, each participant using a chainsaw and traditional tools will make an loge hive. The work will be carried out under the supervision of two experienced tree bee-keepers. We would put one of the ready log\’s on the tree together and make the will winter preparation with some of our settled hives. So in addition to log making, participants will learn about the trees suitable for making tree-hives, learn how to choose a suitable
place to hang a log-hive, how to attract swarms to Your log/tree hive, and gain basic skills in the use of leziwo – traditional rope’s with seat used by tree bee-keepers in the area of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The workshop would be held in the forester\’s guest hose of Lipiny : just few hundrets meters from Bielarussian border in heart of Augustow Forrest.
Cost: 160 EUR / person including accommodation, insurance, breakfast and lunch. Sign up for our Workshop by sanding email on fundacja@bartnictwo.com with Your details.
As a feedback You will get instruction how to book Your place in it by doing partially advanced payment of 50 EUR.
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