The reward perk for this goal has yet to be determined. If you have a suggestion, please forward it to me. I intend to use any additional monies to purchase a stainless steel uncapping tank and bottling tank. These two items cost rough $1700.
If you are a Backer who pledged $40 or more, you can add as many of the above listed items for their corresponding cost.
"Thanks!" to everyone for all of your pledges! I am looking forward to sharing this project with everyone as it progresses through the summer.
Welcome and Thanks for checking out my project.
With your help the Homestead Honey Farm, located in Gwinn Michigan, will expand its modest two hive apiary to six hives and construct an "Honor System" honey stand. You may ask yourself: What is an honor system honey stand? Basically, it's a self-serve honey stand that allows the customer to buy a jar of honey and leave the money in a locked box in the stand. Although an honor system honey stand sounds risky, honor food stands are common in my part of the country and with the beekeeping community.
My bees currently produce enough honey for the enjoyment of my family and friends. I am hoping to expand the number of hives and therefore offer our honey for sale to my local community. Not only will this expansion be beneficial to the environment and community by providing pollinators and a quality food product, it will allow me the opportunity to break into this cottage food industry.
What Needs To Be Purchased:
I currently have two beehives and with your pledge of support, I will expand on my existing hives into an apiary of slightly larger capacity. The money you pledge will go towards the building and maintenance of new hives, purchase of bees and to the construction of the honey stand. My Kickstarter goal of $1,800 will go directly to covering these costs.
- (4) Complete 10 Frame Hives : $1,005.00
- (4) Packages of bees: $385.00
- Materials for Honey Stand: $410.00
- Total : $1,800.00
As you can see, beekeeping is expensive. If the $1,800 goal is surpassed, I would invest the additional money into a larger, stainless steel extractor which retails for $699. The extraction process is very labor intensive and the addition of a larger extractor would reduce my honey processing time by over 50%!
Please review the list of rewards on the right side of the page and note that I have tried to make the rewards as substantial as possible for all pledge amounts. I am also working on some stretch goals that would lead to INCREASED REWARDS for all backers that pledge $5 or more. This option will only be available if the project becomes fully funded.
Your Pledge Counts In Many Ways:
First, the honeybee in the United States is in trouble. Because of environmental factors like the overuse of pesticides, attacks by predatory mites, and now even to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), honeybee numbers in the U.S. are dwindling at an alarming rate. Only honeybees can pollinate our flowers and crops to the extent we need. Honey, with all of its nuances and health benefits, can only be produced by bees. Your pledge will assist in establishing four additional honeybee colonies!
Second, I hope to generate a modest supplemental income from the addition of these additional hives. All of my surplus honey from last year has been gifted to friends or sold. There is a strong local market for my honey and an expansion of the apiary would allow me to produce more.
My future goal is to offer hives to local farmers for pollination. I believe that if this Kickstarter campaign is successful, I will be able to generate enough money from honey sales this year to achieve this goal by next summer.
About Homestead Honey Farm:
My beekeeping started as a hobby because I was interested in this industrious little creature and concerned with it's dwindling numbers. I believe in practicing chemical free pest management in the hive which I feel produces a honey second to none. I overwinter my hives on their own honey stores and NOT a sugar water substitute. I put the bees first and honey production second which results in a slighter smaller surplus yield.
IMPORTANT: If you like my project but are unable to make a pledge, I have a humble request: Please scroll back up to the top of the page and click the "Like" button under my video. This small but important step will allow my project to be seen by more people which will hopefully lead to more pledges.
Thank You! Joe
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Risks and challenges
The main challenges of this project revolve around the establishment of the package bees into their new hives. There is a chance the bees could abscond after introduction. This is rare but is a possibility. In order to prevent this the hive entrance is temporarily reduced in size and I will be feeding them to encourage them to draw out new honey comb in the hive box.
The next challenge will be the weather. If we experience a dry spring it would produce some stress in the hive due to the lack of nectar and pollen. If this is the case, I am prepared to provide a sugar solution and pollen substitute to tide them over until the local flora blooms
Because I would be establishing four hives, fulfilling the honey rewards will not be a problem unless all four hives fail. Even if this happens, I have two established hives that will produce enough honey to fulfill the rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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