What is Honey By The People?
Honey By The People is a community-supported beekeeping business connecting local farmers with local residents through the age-old art of beekeeping. We are dedicated to sustainable beekeeping practices and providing small-batch, locally produced honey through a network of micro apiaries.
What we are setting out to accomplish
Based in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Hood River is a small community that takes pride in its agricultural heritage, diversity of homegrown businesses, and close-knit neighborhoods. People here love good food. Many strive to grow their own veggies or buy them from small-scale farmers. They refill their growlers at local breweries. They frequent their local bakery, cheese maker and coffee roaster. Yet, among all these culinary treasures, one very key ingredient is missing: locally produced honey. That's where we come in.
Honey By The People partners with farmers who want to host beehives on their property. We maintain the hives and when it's time, we extract the honey. Each batch of honey has a distinct taste based on the location and type of farm. We sell the honey directly to the consumers at famers markets, community-supported agriculture and mail order.
By increasing the number of beehives in Hood River, Honey By The People and our bees are playing an important role in sustaining our local food supply. Without the work of honeybees, which accounts for 80 percent of all insect pollination, we would see a significant decrease in the yield of the fruits and vegetables we love and depend on.
What the Kickstarter funding will be used for
As a small-scale beekeeper, I need to make capital investments of at lease $7,000 in order to scale the business. With this funding, I will purchase additional hive bodies, honey bees, queen bees, a honey extractor, bee suits, jars and labels.
I'd rather beekeeping
When I learned how to keep bees almost three years ago, I never imagined how deeply I would fall in love with honey bees. They give me sense of purpose, and now a way to connect with members of my community. I feel more ready than ever to grow and include my community in this adventure!
I appreciate you for taking the time to learn about Honey By The People and for sharing my Kickstarter project with your friends, family, and social media groups. Hi fives and hugs all around!
I want to extend a special thanks to my brother Whit Scott, who contributed countless hours and energy creating my Kickstarter video and helping set up a successful campaign. Thanks to Stephanie Laur for her countless hours of assisting me with my Kickstarter launch event, and Becky Brun for helping share Honey By The People's story with the Columbia Gorge community. Thanks to Kelsey Mosley for the beautiful original art work created for this project. Thank you to Wildwood farm, the Lord family, and Rack and Cloth Cidery for providing a flourishing and safe location for these future beehives. And thanks to my father Shannon Scott, for choosing the role of master beehive builder, I'm so lucky to have you all be a part of my community and family.
I dedicate this project to my best friend and wife, Whitney Ride. Whitney, you are the nitrogen to my soil, the cilantro to my garden of life, and the queen bee of my hive. Thank you for this wonderful life.
Thank you all for helping me Kickstart my dreams!
Risks and challenges
My excitement and passion for this project doesn't take away the possible risks and challenges that may occur once successfully funded.
One risk that can present a challenge will be the weather. Weather plays a very significant role for honeybees and beekeepers alike. It is an unpredictable factor and can cause honey production to drop or halt all together. Another challenge can be controlling the Varroa mite and other diseases that can occur in failing bee hives and must be dealt with swiftly.
Though there are challenges that I will need to face, I will continue to pursue my education in sustainable beekeeping. I am committed to putting the health of mother nature and the bees before resorting to harmful alternatives of maintaining my honey bee colonies.
Beekeeping and honey harvesting is an incredibly patient act. It generally takes up to a year for honey bees to produce enough honey to be harvested. I would like to thank you in advance for your patience as I work with the bees this year to get you some of the most incredible honey as soon as possible!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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