This project's funding goal was not reached on February 2, 2013.
About this project
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, and provide a local market for our area.
What are we doing
We are setting out to start a small ten hive apiary. These hives will be used for pollination for our farm and surrounding the area. With the declination of hive numbers you can never have too many bees.
The Big Picture
Dandelion Farms is a 5 acre farm in West Haven, Utah. We are a small family operation that is new to farming but very familiar with Apiary's, Bee Keeping and Gardening. The big picture is to set up a fully functional farm. We plan to use most of the land for crops, utilising an intense farming method such as SPIN farming. We want to keep all of our product natural, free from chemicals. We also want to minimise our impact on the environment. We currently have several animals including chickens, turkeys, pigs and a goat.
Risks and challenges
We have decided to start with this project because there are fewer risks than other projects that need to be done (Implementing SPIN, Selling crops, or increasing the number of animals)
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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