We hiked two hours through a nature preserve to reach this deserted beach, and found it covered with plastic. On-going clean-up efforts were evident, but there is no stopping the tide…of plastic!
RHH makes every effort not use plastic containers for its products. Sometimes, it is hard to avoid, but we try to recycle items as much as possible, and dispose responsibly. We use glass bottles and recyclable products whenever we can, even if it is a little more expensive.
Our oceans are filling with plastic products such as bags and bottles, which are killing not only unsuspecting sea life such as whales, but our entire planet.
On a recent trip to Costa Rica, known for its protection of biological and zoological habitat, we were shocked to see mountains of plastic on the pacific ocean beaches and inlets, swept in by tides. Otherwise pristine beaches are covered in plastic and must be cleaned up by volunteers—a herculean and thankless task.
Join with us and kick the plastic habit! We use glass bottles and recyclable products whenever we can, even if it is a little more expensive.
In the long run, it could save us all!
Read more at www.plasticoceans.org
Red House Honey is thrilled to be showcasing our products at Prescott’s Fort Town Mercantile alongside so many of our friends and fellow craftspeople. Pick up a jar of locally-made raw, natural honey, a bar of soap, a 100% beeswax candle, and much more, and stop for a chat with Laverne. We are also pleased to be back at Mid East Food Centre in Ottawa. Thank you, Touffik!
Red House Honey 140 g jar makes a perfect wedding favour
Another glimpse at the ongoing work in our field. We are rejuvenating a disused area with an irrigation pond and swales. Once fenced, this area will be used for livestock and other permaculture activities, including growing watercress along the pond banks. Exciting!
Pond with Duck Island
Digging irrigation ditches and a pond
Following COG’s inspiring Eco Farm Day and Mark Shepard’s great permaculture workshop, Red House Honey is moving into high gear with farm planning for summer 2017. Here, fence line brush clearing starts while the ground is still frozen.
Fence line brush clearing
Here’s a glimpse of some of the fun we’ve had over the past few years. Can’t wait until spring!
Egg huntin’ and chicken lovin’
Getting the assistant beekeepers suited up
Uncapping the frames
A Taste of Honey
One Happy Customer!
Red House Honeys @ Limmud
Check out Red House Honey’s Hothouse offerings for summer, 2017. Just received: oodles of all-natural, heirloom seeds sourced from our favourite Ontario seed producer, The Cottage Gardener.
Along with our scrumptious raw, all-natural, certified kosher honey, we will be offering:
White Sage, native smudging ceremonies
Little Fingers Eggplant
Red Express Cabbage
Bull Nose Peppers
MacGregor’s Favourite Beets
Italian Large Leaf Basil
Paris Market Carrots
Painted Mountain Corn
Aurora Hot Peppers
Along with our usual Russian Red Kale, Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans, Lavender, Mint, Dill, French Tarragon, Raspberries, Apples and other goodies.
We never use chemicals or commercial fertilizers on our crops, out of respect for our bees–and ourselves. We are investigating organic certification and hope to sow a crop of white clover on our newly-acquired 11-acre field.
Catch us at Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market this spring, summer and fall! Or drop us a line. We love to chat!
Groovy Growings for a Savour Summer
Here are some interesting facts about the dazzling healthfulness of raw honey:
“Honey that has not been heated over 117 degrees F is loaded with amylases, enzymes that digest carbohydrates, as well as all the nutrients found in plant pollens. This makes it an ideal sweetener for porridge and toast, as the amylases in raw honey help digest grains. Glucose tolerance tests indicate that, for most people, honey does not upset blood sugar levels as severely as does refined sugar.” — Sally Fallon, Nourishing Traditions
Egg huntin’ and chicken lovin’
Red House Honey is expanding. With new nucs bearing Ontario queens ordered for spring, 2017, we will be adding some adjacent acreage for bee foraging and other agricultural uses. This is an exciting time for us as we delve deeper into farming.
Bees in their winter bee barn
This recent issue of The Walrus confirms what we’ve been saying for years about unethical honey manufacturers: http://thewalrus.ca/buzz-feud/
Our very valued Red House Honey supporter, University of Ottawa professor and author Seymour Mayne, penned this word sonnet with our hard-working bees in mind:
Hives during nectar flow
Pure golden honey
Sweet Servant © Seymour Mayne, 2015.