"Remove the bee from the earth and at the same stroke, you remove at least one hundred thousand plants that will not survive."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- 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
- Basic Honey Processing tools = $100
- Packaging for Honey = $50
- 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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