Wellbeeing

The bee's WellBeeing, is our WellBeeing!

Welcome to the WellBeeing foundation

The WellBeeing foundation aims at making a contribution towards a better well-being for bees by keeping them in a natural way.

This means that:

  • The bees are free to have a natural comb build in stead of the wax foundations
  • The bees’ winter  honey supply is not robbed and replaced by sugar-water
  • The drones of the colony are not eliminated
  • No queen extruders are used and queens are not cut
  • The bees are free to give birth naturally or in other words: to swarm
  • The bees will not be treated with chemical products or acids
  • We work with natural hives, using only natural materials

We have or maintain different natural beehives on different locations in the city of Amsterdam.
They are placed on rooftops, city parks and inner gardens.

Keeping bees for the bees in stead of the honey production only gives you a small amount of honey, making beekeeping in a sustainable way not profitable but an investment in a better future for bees. Therefor we are looking for sponsors for some of the hives we have or for organizations/companies that are interested in having natural beehives on their location and can finance the material and maintenance of the hive.
Does this sound like something you, your organization/company or someone you know might be interested in, please contact geert@wellbeeing.org

Bee awereness

WellBeeing gives (awareness) lectures/talks about bees and bee-related subjects for schools, beekeepers associations and (commercial) organizations. The more people know about bees and their natural behavior the more they understand how we can contribute to their well-being.

We have for example given presentations for the employees of de Bijenkorf in Rotterdam and Den Hague to give them some background knowledge for de Bijenkorf’s campaign in which they gave out 75.000 bags of biological seeds for bee-friendly flowers. This was followed by the official launch on the roof of the Amsterdam Bijenkorf store.

But Wellbeeing.org and our head beekeeper Geert Van Kerckhove has also given presentations for: DWARS, StormMasters of Utrecht University, “In den Beginnen” in Workum, Beekeepers association Laren-Blaricum, Zeitgeist Nederland, … and many more. And we have been present at many festivals where we give out seeds and play the bee game, where it is up to people to find out for what crops we do or don’t need bees for pollination, with festival visitors.

Help bees: plant flowers

The lack of a good, plenty and continuous pollen offer throughout the year is one of the contributors to the bee-death phenomenon. Industrial agriculture area is expanding and uses monoculture, pesticides and herbicides, the general biodiversity is regressing, natural reserves are declining and the cities’ suburbs are growing.

The first, second and third thing we can do for bees is improve the pollen-offer by:

  • Planting more bee friendly flowers
  • Having a divers pollen offer
  • Having a continuous pollen offer
  • Having a good biological pollen offer and food production
  • Planting in stead of cutting down trees that are good for bees

For the dutch speakers in Holland and Belgium: find out what flowers to plant for bees on Drachtplanten.nl