Beeju

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Juliana has always been passionate about the animal world and the contact with nature. In 2014, she started attending some beekeeping courses and being in contact with beekeepers to learn from them.

Name: Juliana
Brand: BeeJu
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Marketing of products resulting from all the bee’s efforts in the area of Foz Coa

 

How did you come up with the idea/project?
I have always been passionate about the animal world and the contact with nature. The bees because of their efficiency in teamwork and organization always fascinated me but had never had the opportunity to have a beehive. In 2014 my parents inherited such a schist that it would be impossible to plant anything in it, which is where I took advantage of it and I challenged my parents to put hives there. I started attending some beekeeping courses and being in contact with beekeepers to learn from them. I started with 4 hives and I have been increasing the number and I am currently close to 100.

 

And the name?
It was in conversation with friends, initially wanted some name that involved Foz Côa, but then a friend remembered BeeJu to join the word Bee and Ju de Juliana that is my name. We all thought it was a joke and that’s where the BeeJu project started.

 

What differentiates the project?
To start the fact of being a female beekeeper, in this world in which about 90% are men is always differentiating to have a woman to take care of the bees without fear of the stings and to transport hives … In the own image of the products stands out the girly factor!
Additionally, the BeeJu project is not just about a beekeeper who only cares for bees and produces honey and pollen … the BeeJu project encompasses the entire surrounding ecosystem. We have already planted 2ha of almonds that end up benefiting from pollinating the bees, and on the other hand the amendoal gives food to the bees in the early spring before Foz Côa is covered with rosemary flowers and where the bees … my princesses … they delight completely.

 

What are the best moments / stories you’ve ever had because of Beeju?

The fact of meeting so many new people is ready to help and teach. All beekeepers are people who regardless of social status are always available to help colleagues. This spirit of self-help is a beautiful thing to experience, perhaps because of the example given by the animals we care for, because bees have an exceptional cooperation among them and that we humans should learn.

 

Next challenges or plans?  
I would like to export the BeeJu project.

 

What is your favorite place in Portugal?  
Foz Côa for sure 🙂

 

What is your favorite Portuguese food?
Cabrito no forno

 

If you could choose products to include in Tugabox to send to a friend, what would they be?

Pasteis de Belém, Vinho do Porto, Alheiras de Mirandela, Serra da Estrela Cheese, Foz Côa bread, a CD from Onda Choc.

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