Säljans Bigård thinks about sustainability and biodiversity. We conduct small-scale beekeeping with great care. In the apiary in Kungsberget, the majority of the flowers are wild forest and meadow flowers. At the apiary in Säljan, there are thousands of different cultivated garden flowers in villa gardens and allotments. It gives different characters to the honey and we bring out the natural difference. Some small bee colonies have their own apiary "Smultronbacken" where they can grow up in peace and quiet.
The honeybees live in environmentally friendly hives made of linseed oil-treated wooden materials. For the winter, the bees get to keep a large part of their own honey, only the surplus is harvested.
Our Bee Farm has full control in the entire beekeeping process with everything from making branches, building beehives, taking care of the beeswax for re-use to handmade candles, honey extractor and keeping track of which apiary the honey comes from.
With its own extractor in the Honey House, Säljans Bigård can produce small volumes of unique and exciting honey with natural variations in taste and color. Depending on which flowers the bees have collected nectar and pollen during the season, the honey will taste them.
HONEY BEES ARE VALUABLE
When you as a consumer purchase Swedish honey, you contribute to biological diversity and support Swedish beekeeping and our Swedish agriculture.
Did you know that at least every third bite of your food has needed bees or bumblebees to be pollinated?
100 of Sweden's 270 wild bee species are threatened with extinction and the cultivated honeybees now have the main responsibility of pollinating both cultivated crops and wild plants.
Bees help to pollinate flowers, grains, vegetables, berry bushes and fruit trees so that there are bigger and better quality harvests for all those who grow in the area and wild flora out in the wild.
The reduction of pollinating insects throughout the world, including Sweden, is alarming as it is a valuable ecosystem service. Some reasons for the decline are chemical spraying, reduction of natural habitats for wild bees and bumblebees, climate change and large one-sided cultivations in agriculture.
It is important to improve the ecosystem, contribute to living sustainably and take care of our planet. Be kind to both wild and cultivated bees and plant a wide variety of flowers that bloom from early spring to late summer in your garden or balcony, because bees need pollen and nectar all season long. Also feel free to set up a bee hotel and let old trees remain as habitats for the wild bees.
By choosing Säljans Bigårds Honey, we contribute to a better environment together.
Picture from the apiary in Säljan, outside the apiary there are pastures where sheep and lambs walk.
Beehives at the apiary in Kungsberget are placed in front of a meadow that lies in the middle height up the mountain. The meadow is an unfertilized grassland with natural wild grasses and meadow flowers that provide winter food/hay for horses.