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Saving the Bees one hive at a time. Family start up of a hobby hive.
Saving the Bees one hive at a time. Family start up of a hobby hive.
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"Remove the bee from the earth and at the same stroke, you remove at least one hundred thousand plants that will not survive."

                                                                     ~Albert Einstein 

Honey bees are one of the most important pollinators in the world! They account for over 70% of the world's pollination. In fact, the entire 20 BILLION DOLLAR U.S.crop production, depends on these little guys. But after 2005, Honey bees have been on a rapid decline due to diseases, parisits, and chemicals such "Neonicotinoids". Without Honey bees; not only will there be a food crisis, but an economical one as well.

A single bee can pollinate up to 5,000 flowers in a single day! With a whole colony at work, they can produce up to 60 pounds of honey a year! That's a lot of honey. But more importantly, that's a lot of flowers and plants being pollinated. Every beehive counts in the race to save the honey bees; from commercial beekeepers to hobby hives like at Cracker Bee Honey. While we're starting small, we have big dreams.

Our Cause

By providing locally made, wildflower honey to the community, Cracker Bee Honey can help people with multitude of health issues. Honey is a natural antioxidant that can be used in daily life. You can use it to lower blood pressure, your cholesterol, and it helps with respiratory issues. Honey can also be used as a sugar substitute in your diet. 

Cracker Bee Honey doesn't just want to provide honey for the community. We want to provide educational opportunities to inspire the next generation of beekeepers. There’s a lot of work involved with honey making that people don’t think about. We think it would be really great to have people come out and see what it takes to be a beekeeper. To see firsthand, honey bees in action. Collecting nectar, building the comb, making the honey. And perhaps seeing it will inspire others to become beekeepers as well. 

The Dream

Just like honey bees, Cracker Bee Honey may be small but dream big! We're starting out with only two hives until we can get established. After that, the hope is to eventually grow into 6 hives. With these hives, we can produce local raw honey to the community as well as educational opportunities to inspire the next generation of beekeepers.

Starting Small

Beekeeping tends to be expensive. A complete hive, without bees, can cost upwards of $200. And that's not including equipment costs, hive registration fees, inspection fees, and of course, the bees themselves. At Cracker Bee Honey, We already have two complete hives set up and ready for bees. One is a traditional beehive, and the other is an Autoflow hive. Check out the Autoflow hive on youtube in the following link!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbMV9qYIXqM 

Money Break Down

We've set our goal small to cover all the priority purchases. Any contributions, after the goal is met, will go towards expanding our Apiary. Your current contributions will go to purchase the bees and cover the, much needed, equipment. 

Priority Purchases

  • Packages  of Bees   $150 x 2 = $300
  • Smoker = $20
  • Hive Tool = $15
  • Bee Brush = $6
  • Frame Perch & Grip = $20
  • Bee Jacket & Veil = $80
  • Beehive warning sign = $10
  • State hive registration = $10
  • Hive inspection = $25

Eventual Purchases

  • Basic Honey Processing tools = $100
  • Packaging for Honey = $50

 Dreaming Big

  • Additional hives and Bees
  • Zeroscaping where the new hives will go.

Risks and challenges

Honey bees are susceptible to many factors in Florida. From severe weather to disease and parasites affecting the hive. These factors can affect the bee's health and honey production. I will be getting insurance to help in case something should befall the hive.

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    "Egg" Reward

    First and foremost, my thanks!
    Also, pictures from our hives, various activity, and major events e-mailed to you throughout 2019.

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    • Personalized Thank You card
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    "Larva" Reward

    You'll get everything in the prior rewards package, PLUS a honey bee key chain!

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    • Honey Bee Key Chain
    • Personalized Thank You card
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    "Pupa" Rewards

    You'll get everything in the prior rewards package, PLUS a small honey jar!

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    • Honey Jar
    • Honey Bee Key Chain
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    "New Bee" Rewards

    You'll get everything in the prior rewards package, PLUS 20% off all honey purchases up to a total of 1 gallon, the first year of honey flow!

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    • 20% off purchases up to 1 gallon, 1st year
    • Honey Jar
    • Honey Bee Key Chain
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    "Worker Bee" Rewards

    You'll get everything in the prior rewards package, PLUS an upgrade to 2 years of discounts on honey purchases. And a "Save the Bees!" Tee Shirt!

    Includes:
    • "Save the Bees!" Tee Shirt
    • 20% off purchases up to 1 gallon, for 2 years
    • Honey Jar
    • Honey Bee Key Chain
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    "Drone Bee" Rewards

    You'll get everything in the prior rewards package, PLUS a quart jar of Honeycomb Honey from our first harvest*!

    *Note: No honey is usually harvested in the first year as we are trying to establish the hive. So it may be a while before this portion of the prize is available. But we will have you listed as top priority for this product!

    Includes:
    • Quart Jar of Honeycomb Honey
    • "Save the Bees!" Tee Shirt
    • 20% off purchases up to 1 gallon, for 2 years
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    • Honey Bee Key Chain
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    "Queen Bee" Rewards

    First allow me to thank you ahead of time for such a HUGE contribution to this project! As a tremendous thank you gift; you'll get everything in the prior rewards package, PLUS a Sponsorship basket filled with delights from other local, small businesses from Dade City.

    I would also like to invite you out to the hive and have the opportunity to see, first hand, the bees in action once they arrive and are established.

    Includes:
    • Sponsor's Gift Basket
    • "Save the Bees!" Tee Shirt
    • 20% off purchases up to 1 gallon, for 2 years
    • Quart Jar of Honeycomb Honey
    • Honey Jar
    • Honey Bee Key Chain
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