Red House Honey is delighted to sponsor the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Thyroid Foundation to appear at the Health and Wellness Fair at Morrisburg Arena in Morrisburg, Ontario on May 6. Red House Honey products will be for sale – including our legendary RAW/Kosher OVH certified kosher honey, our FARM/Select Apiaries honeys, our distinctive red gift boxes (“sweetness in a little red box”) which include our Body Therapy Bars (Honey Love Body Bar, Lily Loves Lavender, Hamish’s Highland Lad Lather…and more), Scrumptious Body Scrub and Luv Ur Beeswax Candles.
The Thyroid Foundation will be giving out information about this tiny but extremely important little gland in your throat…and why you should be very, very kind to it!
See you there!
Bees in Winter
Will the bees make it? Come on girls! It has been a very, very hard winter–in fact, the hardest in several decades. Three of our hives are dead and we can only hope and pray that some bees survive the winter. We’ve ordered more nucs (short for nuclei, which contain four frames of bees, with a queen) which will replace the dead hives. But these take time to build up again in spring, and we are essentially starting from scratch, for the second year in a row. But the hard winter isn’t the only culprit. Neonicotinoids, used like candy in our area, are also to blame. Agrigultural lobbies — seed companies, tractor companies, insurance companies, etc.– are strong (you’ve all seen how they are shutting down the Ontario government’s town hall meetings on neonicotinoids) and they have convinced farmers that they can’t make a living planting cash crops like corn and soybeans without also using pesticides — which have the unfortunate effect of destroying the environment.
And every bit of green space must be used, to the detriment of flora and fauna.
Look carefully around your area and you will see that swaths of forests have been taken down in the last few years.
As a horseback rider, my riding buddies and I see the devastation which isn’t apparent from the roadside. Go beyond the fringe of trees which might still line the highways and you will be appalled.
Even trees that merely comprised wind breaks between fields are gone. It’s like the prairies out here.
Soon, it will be like the desert.
Many creeks which fed the St. Lawrence River are already long gone. As the topsoil dries out and blows away in the wind (because of lack of windbreaks), the crops can’t be pollinated because there are no longer any bees or flying pollinating insects. There is little genetic crop diversity. Most fields are mono crops and consist of GMOs. Corn is self-pollinating, so it doesn’t need bees, but the neonicotinoids clinging to the corn are spread by the wind. For bees, a mono crop is like a desert. When it is finished blooming, there is nothing for them, so they must fly elsewhere for nectar and pollen.
Do your small bit for the environment: Be aware that neonicotinoids are used in ethanol, corn, soybeans and that GMOs allow greater use of pesticides. Visit farmers markets where small farmers bring their produce. Buy local honey. Eschew supermarkets. Plant bee-friendly plants in your yard. Don’t use pesticides. We’ll all be the better for it. And above all, the bees will thank you with their gold.