Who we are
Dandelion Farms is a new family farm that is all about our community. Our goal is to supply natural and organic food below box store prices, to help families that are struggling get healthy meals, provide food for those in need, and provide a local market for our area.
What we are doing
One of our passions is honey bees and we want to share our passion with you. We have created a living art project we call Bee Vision. Bee vision is a hive with several cameras mounted in the hive as well as on the front porch of the hive. This will give you a unique view of the hive. It is a chance to study the bees and watch the life cycle of a bee. We are excited to build a website to share these cameras with you.
Risks and challenges
Most of the cost to start a hive is the hive itself. A hive consists of a base, a bottom board, minimum of four boxes, minimum of forty frames, queen excluder, inner cover, outer cover, and feeder. The great thing is that all of this can be used over and over again. So the real risk lies in the bees themselves.
There are three main issues that can arrive. One is that a colony swarms or dies off. Although you cannot completely eliminate this risk you can reduce the likelihood of it happening by keeping the hive large enough and the bees happy. In the event that you still loose a hive, you can introduce a new colony if its early enough or wait for the next season. The seconding problem is that a queen my die, leave, or not be accepted. This has a simple solution, introduce a new queen or let the hive grow one. The third concern would be that the new hives only produce enough honey for their winter and do not produce enough honey to fulfil the rewards. There is some risk that this can happen, but I have had great success in the past with hives producing their first year.
The best part about hives is that they are very resilient. The most that is at risk is that honey cannot be pulled until the next season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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