Cleaning out old hives, getting rid of dead bees and too much honey comb inside the hives is not my favourite task, but it has to be done. Plus, it heralds the coming of spring, and with it, a bunch of new bee colonies–and you know what that means? Honey! It also means the time is drawing closer when we can really get our new, 11-acre permaculture farm up and running. And that means more yummy fruits and veggies, a clover cover crop, ducks in the ponds and goats…well, probably up in the trees. There’s a reason the young ones are called “kids.” They are always up to something!
Cleaning out a dead hive
A frame of honey
Dead bees on a full frame of honey
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