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Raising awareness of the plight of honey bees & increasing populations of native, pollinator-friendly plants across the United States.
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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.

Honeyhouse/sugarhouse rendering - construction begins Fall 2019

 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.

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    STBP Sticker

    You will receive a Save The Bees, Please die cut sticker.

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    STBP T-Shirt + Sticker

    You will receive a Save The Bees, Please t-shirt in the size and color of your choice (colors: mustard yellow with white logo or charcoal gray with yellow logo) along with a Save The Bees, Please die cut sticker.

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    Raw Honey + STBP T-Shirt + Sticker

    You will receive a jar of raw, wildflower honey from Kettle Ridge Farm, Save The Bees, Please t-shirt in the size and color of your choice (colors: mustard yellow with white logo or charcoal gray with yellow logo) along with a Save The Bees, Please die cut sticker.

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    • Raw, wildflower honey from Kettle Ridge Farm (9 oz jar)
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    Save The Bees, Please Full Package

    All of the goods! You will receive a STBP die cut sticker, STBP t-shirt, STBP beeswax & coconut oil candle, box of eight (8) wildflower seed bombs, 9oz jar of raw wildflower honey from Kettle Ridge Farm.

    Includes:
    • STBP die cut sticker
    • STBP t-shirt
    • STBP beeswax & coconut oil candle
    • STBP wildflower seed bombs (custom to the region you live in)
    • Raw, wildflower honey from Kettle Ridge Farm (9 oz jar)
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    Live Hive Interactive Tour

    30-minute, 1-on-1 live video chat with one of our beekeepers during routine "hive checks" - we'll crack open a hive and teach you everything we know about honey bees! Prepare to have your mind blown. This reward also includes the STBP full package.

    Includes:
    • STBP t-shirt
    • STBP die cut sticker
    • STBP beeswax & coconut oil candle
    • STBP wildflower seed bombs (custom to the region you live in)
    • Raw, wildflower honey from Kettle Ridge Farm (9 oz jar)
    • Live hive interactive tour (30 minutes)
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    Adopt-a-Beehive

    Proud of your alma mater? Show your pride by naming one of our bee hives after your college, university, or high school. We will paint the bottom hive box the colors of your chosen school, attach your school’s emblem, and send you a color photo of your bee hive along with everything else in the STBP package. We will also send you a note telling you how your hive is faring now, six months from now (did it make it through the winter OK?), and twelve months from now. The hives already adopted include U of Miami, U of Nebraska, Ohio State, St. John Fisher, Villanova, Union, Clarkson, NYU, Cal Tech, Williams, and Cornell.

    Includes:
    • STBP die cut sticker
    • STBP t-shirt
    • STBP wildflower seed bombs (custom for the region you live in)
    • Raw, wildflower honey from Kettle Ridge Farm (9 oz jar)
    • STBP beeswax & coconut oil candle
    • Live hive interactive tour (30 minutes)
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Funding period

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