Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 20, 2012.

Update #2

Hey there is a bee's nest in my tree!

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Interesting things happen when you are a beekeeping family. The phone rings and the person at the end says "I have a nest of bees in a tree behind our house!" Bees are misunderstood and mis identified often. But a beekeeper quickly learns where they nest and where they don't. Tree branches are where they don't. But, it was a nice evening. Cool again after a long hot spell. So after supper, Natalie and I drove the few miles out to the fellow's farm.

The guy told the story that he was mowing lawn and bumped his head on something, turned to have a look and there it was. Cool weather was this man's friend because the nest was quiet. Everyone was inside staying warm. These "bees" in this case is a nest of Bald Faced Hornets. In a nest of this size there could be 700 hornets. Each of them capable of stinging multiple times. --Honeybees can only sting you once. It was fascinating seeing this nest, even if it wasn't bees. Natalie let the farmer know what they were and that we would not be taking them to a new home.

It is great though that people are now thinking of bees and why they are important. When I was a kid, growing up, my mother would have taken a can of RAID to this nest long before reaching for the telephone to see if they could be saved. Times have changed. Thoughts and attitudes have changed as well. People are starting to realize what Natalie and other beekeepers are doing is important. They are starting to hear about what will happen to the food supply if people like Natalie fail. And, at the same time people are learning how good honey is for you. They are replacing much of the raw sugar in their diet with locally raised, natural honey. Replacing something bad with something that at the same time has health benefits.

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      Creator John Pirc on September 4, 2012

      We have had a couple of those in our trees over the years. One year a guy stopped by in the fall and asked if he could have it. He was a local architect and he already had one hanging in his office (empty I assume). I told him sure so we cut the branch off with the nest still attached and away he went.... Funny thing happened tonight. There was a bee flying around while I was working outside, I waved it away and it flew right under the cuff on my work glove and stung me on the back of the hand....

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    Our little “ladies” collect nectar from the numerous wildflowers located around our neighborhood and the Chippewa Valley. We would like to spread the joy with you by sending a packet of Wildflower Seeds. Plant them around your home to attract your own honey bees! You will also receive our sweet Thank You Postcard, collection of savory Honey Recipes, and you will be placed on our Mailing List. Mailing cost included.

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    We immediately sold out of our comb honey. So, we will make you a deal. We will send you a honey bear to tide you over until spring. It will give you a tease of what is to come. Then as early as we can next year we will send you our freshest most pure comb honey. It does not undergo any processing other than to be hand-cut from the frame and joined with liquid honey in a one pound jar. Been wanting to see what comb honey is all about or discovered that it is hard to find? Many beekeepers no longer offer this rare treat! You will receive a One pound Jar of our Comb Honey and our homemade Lip Balm. Also included is our sweet Thank You Postcard, collection of savory Honey Recipes, packet of Wildflower Seeds, and you will be placed on our Mailing List. Mailing cost included. Note: Although we usually use glass bottles, for mailing purposes we will be using a plastic box. If you are located nearby, you are very welcome to come meet the beekeeper and pick up your rewards!

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    Farmers Markets and produce stands are a great resource for obtaining locally grown fresh foods. Grab our canvas bag and head out on a gustatory adventure! We are excited to offer you a Canvas Tote Bag personalized with The West Hill Honey Company logo emblazoned on the front! Also included is our sweet Thank You Postcard, collection of savory Honey Recipes, packet of Wildflower Seeds, and you will be placed on our Mailing List. Mailing cost included.

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    The seasons and location of the hives greatly influence the essence of the honey. Our late springtime yield vastly differs in flavor and hue from the Autumn harvest. Our town honey is a floral bouquet while the country honey is richer and darker in color. Wouldn't it be fun to explore these subtle differences in aroma and taste? We will send you four One Pound Bottles from each of our locations and intervals of extraction. Also included is our sweet Thank You Postcard, collection of savory Honey Recipes, packet of Wildflower Seeds, and you will be placed on our Mailing List. Mailing cost included. Note: Although we usually use glass bottles, for mailing purposes we will be using a plastic bottle. If you are located nearby, you are very welcome to come meet the beekeeper and pick up your rewards!

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    Adopt a Hive! Your name will be placed on a hive in the form of a plaque and during next years season you will be sent frequent reports on how your ladies are doing! At the end we will also send you a one pound bottle of Honey from your hive! Also included is our sweet Thank You Postcard, collection of savory Honey Recipes, packet of Wildflower Seeds, and you will be placed on our Mailing List. Note: Although we usually use glass bottles, for mailing purposes we will be using a plastic bottle. If you are located nearby, you are very welcome to come meet the beekeeper and pick up your rewards!

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    Fascinated with the idea of having your own bees? It is very exciting to taste the honey collected from your own neighborhood! Not to mention personally assisting in the pollination of nearby gardens and fields. We will purchase and setup a hive just for you! You will host a hive on your property for at least one season and receive ten pounds of the honey harvested from your hive! Also included is our sweet Thank You Postcard, collection of savory Honey Recipes, packet of Wildflower Seeds, and you will be placed on our Mailing List. Note: You must be located within 30 miles of Chippewa Falls for our ease of regular maintenance. The hive is owned by West Hill Honey and must be returned on demand after one season. Longer stays can be negotiated.

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