Adopt a Hive” is a 3Bee project that aims at concretely helping bees and beekeepers that tend them, giving the chance to everybody to move closer to these incredible pollinators.
why “adopt a hive”?
3Bee produces remote monitoring systems for hives. We are extremely conscious that bees, their health, and their survival, are essential for our planet and for biodiversity. For this reason, we want not only to help beekeeper to better manage their apiaries, intervening only when necessary, but also to raise awareness of the
We to let everyone who wants to sustain those virtuous Italian beekeepers, interested in achieving the best possible management of their bees, to adopt the hive monitored with our systems. In this way, you can follow step by step the development of the hive, directly from your smartphone or your computer. Consulting the data gathered by our systems installed in the apiaries, you can see the development of your bees and whether they’re doing well.
how to become a “hive adopter”?
Adopting a hive is super easy. You shall only choose the beekeeper, the hive, and the honey typology you prefer the most. You can pick a hive close to your home, to support a local beekeeper, or one installed in another region. You can let yourself be guided by instinct or give your support to the beekeeping company that inspires you the most. You can choose among different adoption plans, to which a different amount of honey and various kind of biodiversity are associated.
does “adopt a hive” work?
What does it happen after choosing beekeeper, hive, honey and adoption plan?
You will immediately receive your login credentials to enter the platform and the digital certificate of your adoption. Thus, you can start monitoring you hive. For a whole year, you will remotely follow the different development stages of the hive: from the strong spring growth to the calmer winter months. During spring and will see the result of the bees hard work, checking the daily honey production directly from you monitoring profile.
Then, you will receive directly at home the honey you have chosen. Based on the moment you adopt your hive, you can receive your honey at the end of the beekeeping season, that runs out approximately in September, or during the months when the beekeeper has less things to do in the apiary, in autumn and in winter.
Why shipping honey in different periods of the year? We aim at weighing on our beekeepers as less as possible, so we prefer arranging different shipments during the year when beekeepers have not to steal precious time to their bees. Before confirming your adoption, you will find an estimated delivery period, fully respecting bees’ production times!
We want to let you closer and closer to bees and to your adopted hive. Thus, we are continuously improving our platform to let beekeeper upload videos and photos of their bees and hives.
adopt a hive for you, but also for your loved ones
Adopt a hive can be an incredible gift for the people you care the most. You can choose the exact day when the emails with the login credential and the adoption certificate will be delivered. The honey will be sent directly to the receiver, but both of you will be able to monitor your bees from your smartphone.
our beekeepers that are part of “adopt a Hive”
Who are the beekeepers that participateto our project “Adopt a hive”? They are many, in all part of Italy! Their honey, a genuine and quality product, is the clear expression of the area where bees collect nectar and pollen. Every honey typology is unique and special, a real biodiversity treasure!
- Over Trees
This is a family-run beekeeping business in the Lecco region. Francesco started his activity in 2013. Over Trees thinks that teaching the importance of bees for us and our planet is fundamental. They produce honeydew, linden honey, acacia honey, chestnut honey, and wildflower honey.
- Azienda Agricola Borgo al Mezzanino
Giacomo, Luca and Luca take care of the hives of this farm, placed near Salò, on the banks of Garda Lake. In these dreamy hey tend with passion their bees, producing chestnut honey, acacia honey, and wildflower honey.
- El me’ meel
Igor has a great passion for his bees and the places where his apiaries are installed, on the right branch of Como Lake. The typical flowering of the Larian Valleys allows the production of exquisite honey, especially linden, really renowned for its quality.
- Il miele del Tafarone
Giancarlo is a beekeeper living in Molise, a region in the South of Italy. His bees produce a unique wildflower honey in this wonderful territory.
- Apicoltura Posella
Apicoltura Posella, managed by Raffaele, is located in Piedmont. His hives are installed in the Po river park, near Turin. The varied flora that characterizes this place gives nourishment to bees, that produce acacia and wildflower honey.
- Azienda Agricola Reale Alberto
Alberto lives near Pavia, but he takes his bees not only in Lombardy, but also Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna. Here, bees can produce different kind of honey: chestnut honey, honeydew, linden honey, and, when the season is mid, acacia honey.
- Apicoltura Alpi Mel
Alberto founded its beekeeping business in 2018, respecting the tradition, but also adding innovative elements. Alpi Mel is located near Cuneo, close to the Natural Park of the Alpi Marittime di Palanfré, where bees, into the wild nature, produce “mountain honey”, especially chestnut and dandelion honey.
- Diego Bucci. L’uomo con le api
Diego and his bees are very lucky: they live very close to the seaside, in the Pesaro province. This oasis is far from the modern frenzy, Diego and his bees produce their wildflower honey.
- AmicheapiSoc. Coop. Agricola
Amicheapi has more than 30 years of experience in the beekeeping sector. Located near Palermo, in Sicily, bees produce the typical honey of the territory: citrus honey, , thistle honey, and wildflower honey.
- Azienda Agricola Franceschini Mario
This family-run business is located in Valtellina, near Sondrio, in the mountains in Northern Italy. The honey produced by Mario and his bees are typical high mountain honeys, which have received various awards in numerous competitions: acacia, wildflower, chestnut and rhododendron honey.
- Il Giramiele
Gianluca’s bees are very close to the mountains and to the Gran Paradiso National Park, in Piedmont. In these lands, they produce wildflower honey, acacia honey, chestnut and rhododendron honey.
- Azienda Agricola Polyagrinova di PaulinTakumboTakam
Paulin is originally from Cameroon and has studied agriculture at the University of Turin. He then realized that beekeeping would be his future job. He founded is activity in 2014, in the province of Asti, producing organic honey, which have received different recognitions: acacia, honeydew, chestnut, and wildflower honey.
- Apicoltura Loria
More than 20 years ago, Marco decided to attend a regional beekeeping class, using the money received to go on holiday with his friends. He initially didn’t realize that beekeeping would be so stuck in his mind that, after the holiday, he would have decided to start this adventure and to tend few hives.
At the beginning, it wasn’t easy: he was young, inexperienced, he had to start over and over again different times, but he never gave up and he has always learnt from his mistakes, never losing his will to do better. Thus, he decided to quit is 9-to-5 job and becoming a full time beekeeper, making his passion a real job. In his honey production you can clearly see the Calabrian roots of his activity: chestnut, acacia, citrus, eucalyptus, and wildflower honey. Moreover, ha produces also pollen, propolis, and flavored honey.
With his wife Manuela, Marco practices nomadism, moving his hives in all his region, following different flowerings during spring and summer. Taking part to the “Adopt a hive” project has made him realize that people have great interest in bees and all that concern their world.
- Apicoltura dei Briganti
Apicoltura dei Briganti islocated in Calabria, in Catanzaro province. Their honey is typically of their land: citrus, acacia, wildflower, and chestnut honey.
- Apicoltori Gubbio-Gualdo Tadino Soc. Coop. Agr.
This cooperative of beekeepers from Gubbio produces a very special wildflower honey that has won several recognitions. The particular vegetation from which their bees collect nectar (savory, stachys, sainfoin, clover, pennyroyal, vetch, borage, etc) is the secret of this unique honey production from the heart of Italy.
- Agr. L’Ape Balzerina
L’ApeBalzerina is run by Riccardo, co-founder of 3Bee. His business is located in Como province, where he practices micro-nomadism. That means that he takes his hives to the valleys of Como Lake to let bees collecting nectar also from late flowerings. In this way, bees can produce an incredible honey: acacia, wildflower, chestnut, and linden honey.
- Apicoltura Galati
Fabio’s adventure with his bees officially began in 2014. He has studied engineering, but he then decided to dedicate himself totally to beekeeping and founded his business. However, his passion for these incredible insects is not that new. His father, Francesco, has more than 30 years of experience in the field.
Fabio’s ever growing interest in bees has led him to raise queens and new families, to take care by himself of winter losses. He has attended classes and specific courses held by CREA-API. In 2020, he was finally inserted in the national register of Italian bees breeder. Fabio’s business is not only focused on honey, but also bees and swarms. Swarms are little hives, often developed on 3 or 5 frames. These swarms are raised to become real hives, ready for honey production.
Fabio’s bees produce citrus, acacia, chestnut, eucalyptus, and wildflower honey.
- Il Miele della Nonna di Cimatti Enrico
In the heart of Romagna, Enrico runs his beekeeping activity together with his father. Their bees produce acacia, linden, and wildflower honey, collecting the precious nectar of the various vegetation of the region.
- Apicoltura Danilo Favro
Danilo and his bees are located in Val di Susa, in Piedmont. There, they produce chestnut, linden, and acacia honey.
- Apicoltura Salvi di Thomas Salvi
Thomas started his beekeeping adventure about 10 years ago, when he started raising his hives with the help of an old friend. Thomas has been always interested in animals and the environment: he is a WWF voluntary guard. The funniest fact is that Thomas, despite being a beekeeper, is allergic to bees! However, this does not represent a barrier to his greatest passion.
His beekeeping activity is located in GambassiTerme, near Florence. He produces organic honey and has a didactic apiary. He practices nomadism to take his bees near different flowering and to produce the typical honey typology of the region. Collecting nectar from Maremma to the mountains, the bees can produce acacia, chestnut, wildflower, clover, honeydew honey. Among the most difficult typologies to be produced, we can include heather, strawberry tree, ivy, sunflower, and alfalfa honey.
Since he works alone and has apiaries very far from home, using the 3Bee devices helps him a lot because he can optimize at best his activity and repositioning. Information about weight, temperature, and humidity are very useful to understand how a family grows and decrease during Winter. “Adopt a hive” has been a real turning point for his business: he can sell his honey at the right price and all over Italy. Moreover, he takes part to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) projects. In particular, his business hosts Inside Technologies’ and the Italian Red Cross’ hives..
- Il Riccio
Riccardo runs Il Riccio that represents a genuine reality of the marchigiano territory. There, his bees produce wildflower, linden, chestnut, and acacia honey, in full respect of nature and the environment.
- Apicoltura La Molinata F.lli Pirola
La Molinata is located in Brianza, near Lecco, very close to the National Park of Valle del Curone. The Pirola brothers practice also nomadism, moving their bees also in Tuscany, near Grosseto. In these lands, the bees can produce plenty of acacia, chestnut, wildflower, honeydew, and linden honey.
- Le Avije
This little Piedmontese business is run by Mattia and Antonio, together take care of more than 250 hives. In their region, near the Gran Paradiso Park, they do a little nomadism, producing acacia, chestnut, wildflower, linden, dandelion, and mountainwildflower honey.
- Azienda Agricola Note di Miele
This beekeeping activity was founded by Patrizia in 2018. That year, she decided to turn her hobby into a real job. Her bees are located in the Asti hills and they have really interesting music tastes! Patrizia has named each of her hives after a specific music genre. Adopting her bees, you will follow the development of Queen Patti (Smith) and her Punk Hive!
- Igor Petracco
Almost 10 years ago, Igor decided to make by himself his own honey. This culinary passion has become a real love for bees and beekeeping, and he turned into a professional beekeeper. Igor’s bees are located in Valle Elvo, where he practices short-range nomadism to produce different kinds of honey and pollen.
- Apicoltura Dolce Lavanda
Dolce Lavanda beekeeping is locate in Abruzzo, in Pescina, that is famous in Italy for its honey. Indeed, it is called“the honey city”. Pescina is very closed to two important national parks, the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, and the Regional Park Sirente-Velino. Here, these beekeepers produce excellent local honey, especially typologies that can be realized only in this area and recognized as Slow Food presidium: stregonia (SideritisSyriaca) and savory honey. Moreover, they also produce wildflower, acacia, and chestnut honey.
- Azienda Agricola Abbaprid
Abbaprid is a farm that has almost 100 years of experience in the beekeeping sector. Its story began in the first years of the 20th century. It is located in Abruzzo, near the Majella, and its bees benefit from the proximity with the sea and the mountains.
Their honey has a peculiar taste, clear expression of the area where it is produced. Abbaprid’s beekeepers give their bees particular attentions and also this fact makes their honey special. To ensure the highest quality, it is not submitted to any type of industrial alteration. Only the honey from the super is collected and it is cold extracted, without affecting the nest. The use of non-invasive beekeeping techniques and a particular attention to bees’ biorhythms and the biodiversity of the territory make Abbaprid a true excellence.
- Bee Patient
Bee Patient’s honey is a wildflower honey produced inside the Zarda Oasis, near Ferrara. In this place, bees can collect nectar and pollen from a really vastvaried vegetation, composed of woods, dandelion, thistle, and alfalfa. Bees have available the clean and unpolluted waters of Quaternario lake and they can also collect honeydew to produce their precious honey.
- Azienda Agricola Biologica Alla Castagnola di Simona Clementi
The Organic Farm AllaCastagnola is run by Simona and his partner Axel, and it is located in Pallanza, on the banks of Maggiore Lake. Their bees are in really incredible place: their hives are close to the Sacro Monte dellaSantissimaTrinità di Ghiffa, that has been declared UNESCO heritage.
Their honey is completely organic and the quality of this product is strictly controlled by ICEA Piemonte. To guarantee a product of the highest quality, the honeycombs are uncapped by hand and the honey is cold extracted to maintain its organoleptic composition. Simona and Axel have also attended honey sensory analysis courses and Simone has just obtained an apitherapy course certification.
- Albero della vita
The Organic Farm Alberodella Vita ha sanincredibile story behind it: it was founded by Massimo Carpinteri in 1976. It is located in the Asti hills, where Massimo produces honey, pollen, royal jelly, and queens. Among the different honey typologies produced, we can find different kind of wildflower honeys, some of them produced in the mountains, but also unifloral honey, such as chestnut honey.
- Apicoltura Polline d’Oro
Simone and his bees produce organic honey, fully respecting nature, the hive biorhythm, and also human beings. Pollined’Oro beekeeping is located in the Capanne di Marcarolo Park, in Alessandria province, close to the Ligurian border. This area remains still unpolluted, uncontaminated, and wild, perfect for bees, that can collect all the nectar and pollen they need.
- Azienda Agricola “Ai Pianacci”
Taking a closer look to Cinzia’s hives and products, we can figure two of her passions out: bees and dogs! The Farm “Ai Pianacci”, run by Cinzia, is located in the romantic Cusiana valley, that forms the backdrop to Orta Lake. Cinzia tends her hives fully respecting bees and the areas where they are sited, avoiding synthetic chemicals.
She also gives particular attention to honey production, to valorize a quality and genuine product. Honeycombs are manually uncapped and honey is obtained by centrifugation, without any kind of heat treatments that can somehow alter the product.
Moreover, Ai Pianacci joins the Consorzio per la Tutela e la GaranziadeiMielidel VCO, that is a consortium with the aim ofoffering a honey of the highest quality. In this way, all the production phases are strictly regulated to guarantee the respect of bees and of the territory.
- Az. Agricola Repetto Mario
At the beginning, Mario founded his business to cultivate chestnuts and to breed sheeps. 7 years ago, Mario decided to give Loredana two hives, to tend to them together. This gift was the cause they developed a great passion for bees and beekeeping.
Now, they have 50 hives and they work constantly to face the ever growing difficulties of the sector. However, they do not want to give up: satisfactions are bigger than problems.
- Molinari Davide
Davide has decided to tend his bees in a very special place: they are in Aurano, in the high Maggiore Lake. This village counts only 98 inhabitants and it is in Verbania province, in the higher part of the Intrasca valley. A part of the village is comprised into the Valgrande National Park, where chestnut and linden woods offer nectar and nourishment to his bees.
- Il nettare di Nonna Wanda
The moment Francesco decided to learn something more about beekeeping and bees, he was riding his mountain bike with a friend, with whom he also shared his passion for honey. They attended together beekeeping classes and they were completely fascinated by these insects, as small as important.
After that, Francesco started his activity, placing his first hives in the hills of Calice al Cornoviglio, near La Spezia. Thanks to the splendidLigurian vegetation, he can practice sedentary beekeeping, producing heather, acacia, chestnut, honeydew, and wildflower honey.
For Francesco, beekeeping is a great passion, but not his first job. Thus, he’s always looking for new methods to improve his beehives management and to overcome all the obstacles that are nowadays burdening beekeeping. For this reason, he started using 3Bee technology.
- Ame’ Zeneize
Roberto is from Genoa and he has always been a great bees and beekeeping enthusiastic. At 15, he attended his first beekeeping class and in 2006 he founded his business. He practices a resident beekeeping and his apiaries are located near the sea and in the mountains, over 1000 metres above sea level, in unpolluted areas where lot of spontaneous flowering can be found.
His honey is a typical Ligurian honey: wildflower, acacia, linden and chestnut honey and he doesn’t use any kind of synthetic chemicals.
He usually says that Ligurian beekeeping is a heroic beekeeping. All the hives are moved by hand, even for long ways, because automated meanscan’t reach all the apiaries. Thanks to 3Bee technology, Roberto is not only able to promote his business all over Italy, but he can also better manage it, because he can always keep his bees and their production under control.
- Apicoltura Elly’s
Marco and Elena run their beekeeping activity near the OrobieBergamasche Park, where bees can collect a precious and unpolluted nectar. Their bees mostly produce acacia, wildflower, chestnut, and dandelion honey.
- Apicoltura Caprari
With Massimo we can fly to the Valtellinesi Alps, where his young and sparkling activity follows bees in their development and production. Since they are place at high altitude, bees can produce wildflower, acacia, chestnut, and rhododendron honey.
Matteo founded his business, ApicolturaApiteo, few years ago. He inherited his first hives from an old beekeeper that was closing his activity. Matteo really treasured the more-than-60-year beekeeper’s experience. For Matteo, beekeeping is not only a work, it is a real passion.
Isabella and Antonio run this young beekeeping activity near Turin. Their hives are located inside the Po fluvial Park, even though they take their bees in the Pinerolesi Alps during summer, where they can collect nectar and pollen from the widespread linden and chestnut woods.