Janek Saarepuu

Beekeeping experience:

29 years

Number of colonies:


Foraging area:

Elva, Tartu county

Main harvest:

wild raspberry (Rubus idaeus),  rosebay willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium), white clover (Trifolium repens), herb gerard (Aegopodium podagraria), rapeseed (Brassica napus), willows (Salix)


Member of Estonian Professional BeekeepersĀ“ Association and Member of Estonian Beebreeding Association

“I went swimming with the boys back in the year 1993. We saw a swarm of bees up on a tree. At first we didn’t touch it but when went swimming again later in the evening the swarm was still there. We decided to take it down. It was a pretty crazy thing to do, we got stung multiple times. The swarm was some 4-5 meters high. It finally came down and we put it into a box. We brought it home and we just put it into a old box where we used to keep potatoes. And there it lived for one night. I checked them from time to time. It was interesting that they didn’t build any honeycombs there. . But then I got an old hive and we moved them. And that’s the story how the bees started living with us.”