[ocba] Honey project in community farm
mtwalker at imageray.net
Thu Aug 4 10:14:51 EDT 2011
Fellow beekeepers. I received this email from someone I met at the State
Meeting. This project seems worthwhile. If you are interested and able to
help, please contact them.
I'm Fabian Lujan and with my wife Sandra we are from Argentina and we are
Also we are Farm Managers at Peacehaven Community Farm. Peacehaven is an 89
acre farm located in Whitsett (Guilford County). It is not your regular
farm, it is a sustainable farm that connects people with disabilities with
community. It has animals, a community garden where people from the
community and families with kids with disabilities come to the farm and
share the day working in the garden (planting, harvesting, weeding, etc) and
a meal in the barn afterwards. The fruit of our garden goes to the farmers
markets and also over 20% goes to our local food banks (Loaves and Fishes in
Burlington, Campus Kitchen at Elon University, etc).
Steps away from the garden we have 3 beehives donated from a group of
generous ladies of a Cancer Support Group. We introduced the beehives to
the farm this Spring so we have no intention of harvesting them this season.
The farm is being developed to provide housing for people with special needs
to live and work at the farm. This is a very dear project for us. We are
developing Day Programs while we work towards building the first house. We
are planning to remodel one of the rooms in the barn to create a "Honey
Harvest and Bottling Room". We will keep it simple and plan to have our
volunteers with special needs bottle, label and box the honey. The sales
from the honey will go toward the acquisition of more beehives next spring
and some additional equipment. The best reward on this project will be
providing meaningful work to the kids doing the job.
After all this preface now comes what I would like to share with you: we are
planning to have some honey bottled for sale for our big Annual Harvest
Celebration on November 6th. We plan to label the honey as: Local
Wildflower Honey from (beekeeper's name) bees and Bottled at Peacehaven
Here my question: do you think that Orange County Beekeepers would consider
making a monetary donation to Peacehaven Community Farm or a donation of
honey (one gallon, two gallons, etc) for that purpose? We can provide them
with a receipt for the donation. Peacehaven is a non-profit incorporated
in the state of North Carolina with 501-(c) (3) tax exempt charitable
Thank you for considering partnering with us in this project. I look
forward to your thoughts and hope that you will share this email with all
Orange County Beekeepers.
For more information about Peacehaven please go to: www.peacehavenfarm.org
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