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“Excellent place to learn beekeeping!”
Review of Milea Bee Farm

Milea Bee Farm
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Lipa City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Milea Bee Farm is not not your typical, manicured farm. You will be visiting a small farm dedicated for the propagation and care of various species of honey producing bees. It is situated in a secluded area with no neighbours and without electricity, and it's a five minute walk from the parking area. Visitors will be having a guided tour to see the bees in their habitat. We have the Italian Bees, Philippine Native Honey Bees and different kinds of Philippine Native Stingless Bees. You can have a taste of honey, fresh from the bee hive; know and see the different honey producing bee species; know the sources of nectar and pollen as well as edible flowers; discover the relationship between bees & flowers; and how bees are closely related to the food chain. It will be an entirely new experience which gets you much closer to nature. Milea Bee Farm is only open to visitors every first Saturday of the month. Please note that this is not a resort and we do not have a restaurant though we serve food using farm produced ingredients with prior arrangement. Hope we could share to you why bees are important and how you can lend a hand in our campaign and the worldwide concern to help save the bees.
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Reviewed 13 February 2015

Great place! Great food! Really nice people! I learned a lot from the beekeeping workshop at Milea. Every question was answered and all information was given to us.

19  Thank KevinJamesMartinez
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Reviewed 12 February 2015

The apiary makes use of recycled materials such discarded rubber tires that were converted into steps for the hilly portions of the property. Discarded plastic containers are converted into planters for seedlings. Vermiculture is in one section of the property utilizing rabbit excrement. Discarded ground coffee beans are collected from cafes and used as organic fertilizer in the farm.

An audible hum is apparent as four species of bees are visibly buzzing around from flower to flower collecting nectar. They currently have colonies of European Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Native Honey Bees (Apis cerana), Native Stingless Bees (Trigona spp.) and they help manage colonies of Asian Giant Honey Bees (Apis dorsata) that prefer to stay in the wild.

According to apiary owner Rico Omoyon, bees are a natural part of the ecosystem whose role as pollinators help increase the number of fruits thus multiplying the number of planting materials. Ancient practices of smoking the hive to extract honey kills the bees and has caused irreparable damage to the ecosystem. The presence of bees in an area is a good sign that the property has a thriving ecosystem. “If we can train local folks on the proper way to extract honey without killing the bees, then we will have an adequate supply of honey and bee-related products the whole year round. With proper monitoring, we might even be able to export these abroad in due time.”

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20  Thank kuriosfiles
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Reviewed 5 February 2015

We really thank our friends from Lipa for taking us to this place. Really lovely and a whole different kind of vacation experience. It was educational as well as entertaining to know a lot about bees. We really enjoyed the snacks available too! Definitely a place that's highly recommended.

17  Thank MsAfterTwelve
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Reviewed 3 January 2015

Milea Bee farm is located in Balagtasin, San Jose, Batangas. It's an hour and a half drive from Osmena Highway thru STAR Tollway.
The place is not your usual bee farm resort place, From the car, we walked 10 minutes to get to the farm amid black pepper and mango trees. The owner/host greets visitors himself, and is always ready to answer questions about bees and organic farming.
The tour takes 2.5 hours which starts with introduction of bees, then a tour of the farm where several species were introduced. Closed encounter with the bees, like holding the frames and feeling the temperature of the bee houses were really exciting to both young and adults.
We were also taught how to detect real from fake honey!
The tour ends with snacks and drinks. The owners were also kind enough to give free seeds of flowering plants that abound the farm.
All in all, the tour is: enjoying - with the hilly terraine, different kinds of bees and many many kinds of flowers that are edible and bees love; educating - we learned a lot about bees and growing our own food; and relaxing - it is a good feeling to be surrounded with nature.
I'd recommend Milea Bee Farm to families with children, groups who want to know more about and commune with nature; to those who are fascintated with the role of insects in our ecology; and to those who want a little excersise walking up and down the steps in the farm.

22  Thank ladyartemisia
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