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 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.
Come visit Red House Honey at the United Way of Ottawa’s inaugural Winter Market on Coventry Road Thurs. Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have all of our usual great products –fresh, kosher honey, 100% pure beeswax candles and our ever-popular soap–plus our nifty Garden in a Box and assorted individual seed packets. Great gifts for green thumbs!
United Way/Centraide Ottawa
363 Coventry Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1K 2C5
Ah, the golden strains of honey…
Red House Honey and Nanny Cakes Eclectic Collections in Prescott, ON, are hosting a Honey Pot Party! Come on down to the shop on Thursday, Nov. 17 @ 6:30 p.m. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about bees, honey and how to save the bees. There will be some delicious snacks and the chance to purchase Red House Honey’s great bee products – honey, candles, our unique Garden in a Box and assorted naturally-grown seeds to make your own bee garden. Nanny Cakes is located at 224 King Street West. Prescott, ON K0E1T0
Raw, natural honeycomb
@redhousehoney06 had such a great time this week near Spencerville, extracting honey at Cindy’s house with a local group of home-schooled children. What a great group of enthusiastic and very smart assistant beekeepers! Thanks, Cindy, for permission to use these great photos.
Getting the assistant beekeepers suited up
Uncapping the frames
Cranking the Red House Honey extractor
Check out this great article in Ottawa’s Jewish Bulletin about Red House Honey – just in time for Jewish New Year! Red House Honey’s OVH-certified honey is available at Westboro Pharmasave, Rideau Bakery/Rideau Street, Ottawa Bagel Shop and Mid East Food Mart.
Check out this great article in Ottawa’s Jewish Bulletin about Red House Honey – just in time for Jewish New Year!