WHERE WE WORK

PIEMONTE

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Piemonte region offers several advantages to La Fenice. The first one is to have the opportunity to offer to our bees the wide range of forages typical of this region. . Starting with the early blossoms of sweet cherry and taraxacum in the first half of april, up to the main nectar flow of the season: the acacia (robinia pseudoacacia) tree ; with a nomadic short between the plain and the Apennines of Liguria and Piedmont, so it is often possible to obtain two harvests. In June is the time of the chestnut, as well as being an important source of nectar, regenerates families filling them with pollen with a high protein content and nutritional, thus being a key resource for the following harvest which goes to close the season: the honeydew of metcalfa. The second advantage of this location is the ability to use the facilities of the estate Il Ritiro, thanks to wide and well equipped honey extraction laboratory , that offers to La Fenice a fundamental basis for the management of bees and honey production in Piemonte. . Furthermore we rely on the estate Il Ritiro for any activity concerning genetics and breeding techniques of Queen bees, work closely is functional to a continuous discussion and improvement of the quality that the Beekeeping the Phoenix moved to its Salento.

PUGLIA

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Salento area, more precisely the province of Lecce, is our headquarter in Southern Italy.

The mild climate during winter season with the access for our bees to several pollen sources (like wild mustard, calendula officinalis, acetosella,brassica silvestris, asphodelus, ecc.) e una stimolazione programmata ci consentono di disporre di famiglie forti già dalla fine di Febbraio con abbondante presenza di selezionati fuchi maturi già da metà Marzo. The season proceeds with a spring rich of several nectar flows such as clover, mediterranean shrubland and citrus up to the consistent flow of artichoke thistles. During summer the presence of wild blackberry , ailanthus and linden trees in the town and subsequently myrthus and eucalyptus allow us to keep the colonies strong and to harvest a delicious dark polyfloral honey .

After more than one month of dry and hot weather between the end of July and the beginning of September ,after the first new rains we have new blossomings ready for the autumn: inula viscosa and arucula, literally a second spring capable to grant us abundant pollen and nectar sources, healthy colonies and well mated queens thanks to the presence of late drones.

In Lecce we have two independent teams :the firs one engaged with package bees production,nucs and honey and the second one dedicated to bee breeding and royal cells production. We start with a targeted program of stimulation in the middle of January obtaining strong colonies in our nucs with around 25000 bees and the forced laying of drones, with the creation of drone banks before the end of February . At the beginning of March we start the production , with package bees , composition of artificial swarms and queen breeding . In the same time we lay the first supers. The entire production of a really long season is starting then, a season that will last only at the end of October with the selling of our last queens. Beside the activities on field we have also a big storage equipped with a cold store,with controlled humidity, oxygenation and temperature for the storage of the packages, together with a room dedicated to bee breeding, used for transplanting eggs and for cell incubators.