Hi Kickstarter friends!
SAVE THE BEES, PLEASE! is a little project put together by Kettle Ridge Farm, a small, family-owned & operated honey & maple syrup farm located just outside of Rochester, NY in the town of Victor. From our land, we harvest around 2,000 lbs of honey each summer & tap around 2,000 maple trees each winter.
Honey bees & other pollinating insects are threatened like never before. Pesticides, viruses, mites, & habitat loss have caused the number of insects around the world to drop drastically over the last 10 years. Why should this be of concern? Well, one reason is because honey bees are responsible for 40% of the nation’s food supply! Without honey bees, you can say goodbye to apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, onions, avocados (that's right, no more guacamole)...the list goes on & on.
Kettle Ridge Farm invites you to join our ‘Save The Bees, Please!’ campaign. This effort is part CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) & part environmental activism. We seek to raise awareness of the plight of bees, increase populations of native, pollinator friendly plants, & introduce you to some amazing products that we make here at Kettle Ridge Farm.
With the funds collected, we hope to cover our reward expenses (regional, native flower seed is very expensive), bolster our own apiary which tends to experience significant loss over the course of the winter, & use whatever is left to help offset the cost of a new handicap accessible honeyhouse/sugarhouse with a restroom and a production kitchen for honey and maple confections.
The new structure is desperately needed as we bring in lots of tour groups to the farm, including senior living groups, students from low-income neighborhoods, and special needs classrooms.
ABOUT OUR REWARDS
There are two t-shirt styles to pick from: honey yellow with a white logo & charcoal gray with a yellow logo. Sizes available from S-XL.
Our seed bombs are made from recycled paper from local elementary schools and native wildflower seeds. Based on your shipping address, you will receive pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds that are native and known to grow well in your region. Plant these in the fall as most seeds need to stratify before they are able to grow, meaning they need to go through a cold season before they can germinate.
Our Save The Bees, Please! candles are made from a blend of beeswax and coconut oil. They are sustainably made and have a wonderful natural scent. Burning beeswax produces negative ions which attach to particles in the air, therefore cleaning the very air that you breathe.
Our raw wildflower honey comes straight off the hives at Kettle Ridge Farm. The word "raw" means the honey is unheated, untreated and loosely filtered. This allows for enzymes and pollens to remain in the honey which are known to have a variety of health benefits.
The live hive tour is a one-of-a-kind experience that gives you access to the inside of a beehive from the beekeeper's perspective. Our beekeepers will spend 30 minutes with you on a 1-on-1 video chat and explain to you the mind-blowing science behind honey bees.
Risks and challenges
As farmers, we're always at the mercy of Mother Nature. There is a very small risk that our bees don't survive long enough to fulfill all pledges. At this time of year, varroa mite populations spike and can cause a hive to "crash". We could also experience a bear attack that can wipe out an entire bee yard.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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