The green beans of summer are drawing me home….

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Red House Honey’s Russian Red Kale. Get yours Saturday at Prescott Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market. Coming soon, beans, glorious green beans and our rapidly germinating Horse Chestnuts, soon to be trees.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seen Saturday @ official opening of Prescott Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market

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Seen Saturday at the official opening of the Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market.

 Seen at the Prescott Farmers' Market Official Opening

How Much is That Doggie in Your Jacket? Seen at the Prescott Farmers’ Market Official Opening

Thanks to Una Rhodes and Brenda Steinburg for all their hard work leading up to this very successful day. 

Fort Henry Garrison Store and Live to Learn/Maitland

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Red House Honey’s raw, natural, kosher honey will be for sale in Fort Henry’s historic Garrison Store this summer. Thanks to Dana Webster for facilitating this.

Red House Honey is also thrilled to be part of an 8-week session aimed at children and parents aged 7-12 called Live to Learn at MERC Hall in Maitland during April and May. 

I will be giving a talk (more of a bee-party, really) which is tentatively titled: 

“The Bees Knees: Dancing with Pollinators (part 1)” — and —” Old MacDonald Had a Permaculture Farm (part 2)” 

There will be only one class, held on May 23, 2017 at 10 a.m.

During this very active one hour we will be learning fun stuff about bees like how to do the bee dance (telling our fellow bees how to find a pollen stash with just our wings and, um, maybe our bums), finding out what pollinators such as bees really like and really don’t like (bees don’t like RED flowers, believe it or not!) and creating unique drawings of our own permaculture farms, all to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm!” So if you like to sing, dance, draw and can’t sit still, sign up for this class!  

For kids ages 7 to 12. It is appreciated if younger children could be supervised by a parent/caregiver.

There are no additional materials cost; please bring your own markers, crayons or pencil crayons if you can. 
Honey, soaps, our unique Bee-Friendly Garden in a Box, and other Red House Honey items will be available for sale. Please try our products! Hope to see you there! 

Here is who to contact if you’d like to attend:

BHL Live to Learn
bhllivetolearn@gmail.com
www.bhllivetolearn.blogspot.com

Cranking the Red House Honey extractor

Cranking the Red House Honey extractor

Red House Honey, a natural, kosher-certified apiary on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, near Cardinal, ON. Red House Honey sells natural vegetables and fruits, non-GMO seeds, honey, soaps and tries hard to be free of pesticides and not to use (or to recycle) plastics. Check out what is going on down at the farm:  www.redhousehoney.cawww.facebook.com/artisanalhoney and @redhousehoney06 on Twitter.

Out with the old, in with the new

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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

Cleaning out a dead hive

A frame of honey

A frame of honey

Dead bees on a full frame of honey

Dead bees on a full frame of honey

Winterkilled bees

Winterkilled bees

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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Bee-crazy with Double Bubble Pink Poppies @ Red House Honey

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Growing soft and sweet up through the concrete....in my garden

Growing soft and sweet up through the concrete….in my garden: Double Bubble Pink Poppy

Double Bubble Pink Poppies grow all over here at Red House Honey, and the bees just go crazy for them. Seeds are available for late summer and fall planting at Nanny Cakes, and from Red House Honey. Catch us at Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market this coming Saturday…and don’t forget to take in the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, on until Aug. 20 on the Prescott waterfront.

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