Monday, January 6, 2014

Keep A Hive Alive!

The honey bee should be the poster child for sustainable agriculture because it produces a perfect food that never spoils and it does so without using a plow, pesticides, fertilizer or irrigation. The honey bee has set a standard for sustainable agriculture that is not likely to ever be surpassed.” Mark Beran, Medovina Meadmaster and Beekeeper
Happy New Year Friends! 
New Year's Sunrise: January 1st, 2014 over our fields
New Year's Sunrise: January 1st, 2014 over our fields

We want to give you a chance to “bee the change”! Those of you who have been following us realize the past 2 years have been very low yielding honey years at Algomah Acres Honey Farm. Weather combined with colony die-offs have made it difficult to keep up with the demand for the sweet stuff. Our artisan honey and mead products have gained a following throughout the Upper Peninsula and across the country!

Usually our honey sales help to re-populate our apiary after winter die-offs…but this year the lack of honey has put us at a deficit. We have diversified our products, but nothing quite compares to Algomah Acres Raw Honey. 

Here is how you can help!
1. Visit our blog: CONGRATULATIONS-- you are here! :)
2. Click on the yellow “donate” button (on your right)
3. Decide what amount you would like to contribute to our efforts
4. Sit back and know that you are helping to “bee the change”!
PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO FRIENDS TOO!! 

How are we going to use funds?
1. Purchase colonies of bees to grow or maintain our apiary. 3lb packages are going to go up to about 90$ each this year. Your support could “sponsor a hive”!
2. Help send Melissa to bee school with Marla Spivak! Read about all of the good things in this class to help us become more educated beekeepers, and help to sustain our colonies!
Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota Queen Rearing short course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers. Topics covered include queen and drone biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior, setting up mating yards, and record keeping. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the course is the section on queen rearing equipment designs that will allow you to build your own! http://www.beelab.umn.edu/Education/Public_Courses/Queen_Rearing_Short_Course/index.htm
Rewards:
1$-25$ original card and lip balm
26$-99$ original upcycled block printed bee shirt (and card/lip balm)
100$ or more: your name on a hive (this summer) plus we will reserve a 1 lb jar of raw honey for you from next year’s harvest! (and the shirt/card/lip balm)

As most are aware, the honey bee is currently under enormous stress. Pollution, parasites, stresses resulting from commercial pollination methods, poor nutrition and a limited gene pool are all contributing to the largest global bee die off in modern times. For more details and also things you can do to help, click the link: http://www.medovina.com/SustainableAgriculture.htm
Yet, we have hope: “The beehive is one of the most successful ways in which the purpose of life has ever been organized….you can almost detect the purpose of life as you stand in the honey-drift downwind…if I just stand there long enough watching the bees…perhaps I’ll understand the purpose of life too”. --Verlyn Klingenborg

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts and our projects! We look forward to hearing from you! Melissa, John, and the bees

Monday, November 25, 2013

We are grateful



We are grateful.  It is easy to be impatient and to think that we have not really made any progress, and then we look at photos from when we first got the former Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Greenland that is now the home of Algomah Acres Honey House and Meadery.  With a little TLC, John’s handiwork, and the help of friends and family, we have fixed it up a bit and rearranged.  Musicians and artists have breathed new life into her walls and the best is yet to come!
 

We thank you for your continued support of our events and our products!  We appreciate your patience as we grow at a pace that will allow us to be sustainable.  We will continue to hone our craft as mead makers, farmers, artists, and community organizers in 2014 and beyond.  Without all of you we could not have made it this far and we hope you will continue to support our efforts! 
 
Feb. 2010 became owners of the church
July- Sept. 2011 Kickstarter for Meadery
July 2012 first mead sales!
Repairs and upgrades continue slowly as we work to slowly build our business and take the ups and downs of farming insects!


Feb. 2010

March 2013 The Terminal Orchestra
May 2013 Arts and Starts



Peg Carrothers Oct. 2013

Choir loft Feb. 2010


2010

 2013
Sacristy 2010


Tasting room and shop in the Sacristy area 2013 October

 
basement 2010 turned to Mead brewing area 2013




Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!  Melissa, John, and the honeybees....