Beekeepers celebrate important milestones in May 2013

On the ‘Taste of Slovenia Tour’ this past May we visited the new Apiary Center at Lesce, which is near to Lake Bled.  

The day before our visit there Slovenian beekeepers celebrated the 130th anniversary of the Radovljica Apiculture Society and honoring the Father of modern beekeeping, the Slovenian Anton Jansa (1734-1773).

 Slovenia is well-known for the gentle gray Carnolian bee (apis melifera carnica) and the painted bee hive panelspanjska koncnica 001 which feature religious scenes, and some witty caricatures, like the women transporting home their husbands in a wheelbarrow after an evening of merry-making.

There are over 9000 beekeepers in Slovenia in  this small country of 2 million.  Recently many beekeeping clubs have formed for children who enjoy participating in bee activities. Many beekeepers have designed educational centers which are aimed at preserving the  traditions and modern work of bees and these centers can be visited and enjoyed by all.

The favorite part of our visit at Lesce was a stop in the new apiary shop where an overwhelming amount of quality  bee-related products were available.

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About Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, LDN, CNS

Licensed and board-certfied nutritionist, writer and researcher. BS in Home Economics, Foods and Nutrition Education;, MS in Health Administration; PhD in Public Health Education; completed the dietetic program at Penn State, University and the CNS Certified Nutrition Specialist program. Fulbrighter to Slovenia in Public Health. Speaker at Weston A. Price Foundation Conference and International Raw Milk Symposiums. Member of the American College of Nutrition. Creator and tour leader for "Taste of Slovenia, a Real Food Tour."
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