RHH= NO PLASTIC

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Plastic in Paradise

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. 

Why?

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

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New locations for RHH @ Fort Town Mercantile & Mid East Food Centre

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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

Red House Honey 140 g jar makes a perfect wedding favour

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The Permaculture Revolution Begins!

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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

Pond with Duck Island

 

Swale

Swale

 

Digging irrigation ditches and a pond

Digging irrigation ditches and a pond

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Red House Honey Farm Projects 2017 Begin!

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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

Fence line brush clearing

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Red House Honey Fun, Fun, Fun!

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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'

Egg huntin’ and chicken lovin’

Getting the assistant beekeepers suited up

Getting the assistant beekeepers suited up

Uncapping the frames

Uncapping the frames

A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

One Happy Customer!

One Happy Customer!

Red House Honeys @ Limmud

Red House Honeys @ Limmud

Straining honey

Straining honey


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Groovy Growings for a Succulent Summer

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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
Scotia Tomatoes
Bull Nose Peppers
MacGregor’s Favourite Beets
Sumter Cucumbers
Speckled Lettuce
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

Groovy Growings for a Savour Summer

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Dazzling healthfulness of raw honey

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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

 

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Egg huntin' and chicken lovin'

Egg huntin’ and chicken lovin’

Red House Honey Expands!

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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

Bees in their winter bee barn

 

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Walrus Takes on Billy Bee

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This recent issue of The Walrus confirms what we’ve been saying for years about unethical honey manufacturers: http://thewalrus.ca/buzz-feud/

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Sweet Servant

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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:

SWEET SERVANT

The
hard-
working
bee
is
God’s
little
servant
making
sweetness
to
unsour
the
world.

Thanks Seymour!

Hives during nectar flow

Hives during nectar flow

Pure golden honey

Pure golden honey

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Sweet Servant © Seymour Mayne, 2015.