Honey Bees are crucial for pollination of vegetables, fruits. Farm and forest food is possible because of these gardeners of Nature. Keystone Foundation a not for profit Trust has been working with bees and beekeepers, honey and honey hunters since 1995 February with its base in Kotagiri. We work with local and indigenous communities on Livelihoods, Conservation, Culture & People, Information & Training and Environmental Governance.
In 2007, this place where you are sitting was converted into the first Bee Museum in India. The posters, displays and the film have a story – a narrative that talk about Bees, People whose lives are dependent on bees and the ecological function it performs.
In 2015, we decided to add another interesting layer in this space; apart from the Green Shop – run and managed by the Last Forest Enterprises Private Limited, a company that was incubated by Keystone; we have launched the Bee Museum Restaurant. Creating a space that is not only a restaurant but a social enterprise that builds capacity of local and community people, promotes the values of Slow Food Principles, connects the Bee Museum activities through to our wider Keystone’s base of work through consumers, producers, culture, ecological realities and challenges.
Slow Food is a concept that was founded in Italy, which gives importance to locally produce “good, clean and fair” foods, safeguarding agricultural biodiversity at risk of extinction and giving visibility and the proper value to their supplying producers.