Background: According to www.beeguardian.org "The bees are needed to pollinate crops that feed the world's growing population. Of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world's food, more than 70 are pollinated by bees", the U.N. report said. Bees are embattled by disease, insect and mite predation, colony collapse disorder, chemical companies, as well as opportunistic viruses. This funding will allow Yummy Tummy Farms to spend more time caring for honey bees.
Current Situation: Yummy Tummy Farms is a pioneering suburban farm in San Jose, CA that seeks to align itself with its core values: promote suburban farming, increase self sustainability, and reclaiming domesticity. Yummy Tummy Farms sells vegetable plants, rare fruit, organic vegetables, jams, sauces, chutneys, pickles, veggie chips, and fresh, raw, organic wildflower honey. Yummy Tummy Farms is an education center offering classes on many homesteading subjects related to farming & gardening, food preservation such as canning and jarring, as well as many cooking classes. Yummy Tummy Farms also offers an active farm apprentice program in which you can volunteer to work on the farm in lieu of class tuition. The farm apprentice program is successfully up and running. To learn more about Yummy Tummy Farms see our website at www.yummytummyfarms.com and to really learn about our story, check our blog at www.yummytummyfarms.wordpress.com
Yummy Tummy Farms currently has four beehives that produce over twenty five gallons of delicious wildflower honey all extracted by using a hand-cranked honey extractor that we call "old cranky." Old Cranky ain't what he used to be, in that his gears are wearing down causing a loud "popping" sound which slows down the manual honey extracting process, making it an even more difficult process than it needs to be. To give you a scope of the labor hours involved in this manual process, we recently harvested 16 gallons of honey distributed among five boxes which, due to Old Cranky skipping gears, took us two weeks to extract.
Hypothesis: If Yummy Tummy Farms can acquire funding to purchase a new motorized honey extractor (including shipping and handling) and voltage converter then Yummy tummy Farms will be able to increase it's annual honey production to greater than 50 gallons and reduce extraction time by half to one week or less.
Action Steps: Yummy Tummy Farms has identified the motorized extractor and voltage converter it needs to accomplish it's above stated hypothesis; according, we have provided a link below: http://www.mannlakeltd.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=DISPREG®id=46476
Addendum: The extra $200 that we are asking for will be used to cover shipping, handling, and other small incidental supplies that we will need to produce our craft wildflower honey.
Conclusion: We hope that we have provided you with a good case that will compel you to want to support a small suburban farm that is supporting honey bees. Thank-you for your consideration!