This year we are launching new ways to raise honey bees and have access to our super-premium honey product.
The HoneyShare℠ Co-op is going into its third season with no chemicals, pesticides, miticides, antibiotics, commercial pollination practices, or artificial feeding. Treatment-free is the way to be.
New in Season 2017
- Season 2016 HoneyShare℠ Bear Attack Update
The primary apiary at Griffin Corners was destroyed by bear with crop and equipment casualty losses about 1 month before harvest. All enrolled members were renewed membership for Season 2017. New hives and equipment are being purchased and installed on a new apiary site that is better protected from bear while we reestablish the bee yard in Fleischmanns. *refer here for details*
Season 2017 HoneyPot℠This is a semi-annual offering of a set amount of honey, with a membership kit and member’s pricing benefits.
The HoneyPot℠ allows interested individuals to buy-in on a quantity of honey and receive a membership kit and benefits package. This gives folks a less expensive option to get some of our local raw honey, though without the disbursements of proportionate honey or proceeds generated by the co-op.
- Farm Services Program
Throughout Season 2015 and 2016 we received several requests for assistance in setting up backyard beehives at farmsteads, hotels, hospitals, and sustainable agricultural ventures. To bolster the region’s pollinator population, educate farmers and landowners, and encourage more sustainable farming practices, we are now taking on clientele in this new program that establishes permanent colonies of honey bees on land that is being managed in a way that eliminates or minimizes the impact of pesticides and monoculture of pollen. Honey produced to our specifications can be tested for pesticide residual and if acceptable, be sold through our distribution network under our label. If you are an interested landowner or farmer, contact us today to discuss how Chasing Honey Farm bees can boost your yields through sustainable pollination year-round.
- Swarm Removal
One way we can sustainably source new honey bees is from collecting feral swarms. Bees typically swarm as the weather warms up and colony populations expand. While more impressive than harmful, please consider contacting us to assess a swarm on your property. If easily captured, you’ll have secured the viability of local honey bee genetics. The last thing anyone wants is to kill a swarm with pesticides. More often than not, the bees are in transit to a more suitable hive location and may move on in a few hours or days. If a swarm has nested in your home or building, it is possible to cut-out or trap-out the bees, though there could be an expense if any demo or reconstruction needs to take place. We have a contractor we work with in assessing work to restore damage from an extraction. Swarms are nothing to fear, simply nature’s progression of a healthy colony. The biggest issue beekeepers face is mis-identification of swarms. Check out the swarm removal information page from the Central Jersey Beekeepers Association to compare the differences between wasps, yellow-jackets and honey bees. If you’ve got a honey bee swarm in the Delaware or Otsego County areas in New York, give us buzz.
Chasing Honey Farm’s HoneyShare℠ Co-op is a co-operative of apiary members who have a stake in both the honey and the money generated by the apiary.
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What is the HoneyShare℠ Co-op
The Chasing Honey Farm HoneyShare℠ Co-op is an annual membership subscription to our apiary’s products. Membership is offered on an annual basis during an open-enrollment window from October after the harvest to April the following year. This enables us to plan our hive and equipment purchases for the next season. Membership entitles the member to exclusive access to purchase a hive, or a portion of a hive, as well as member’s-only pricing on our products.
The initial cost includes the annual membership fee and the cost of setting up and managing a beehive for a year. The setup cost is proportional to the portion of a hive purchased. We are offering whole, one-half, one-third, and one-quarter shares in the proceeds of a hive. After the first year, existing members can re-enroll for the following season by paying the nominal annual membership fee, typically 10%.
Benefits of Membership
Chasing Honey Farm’s HoneyPot℠ is a more traditional community supported agriculture choice that allows you to select the amount of honey you wish to have delivered after the harvest.
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What is the HoneyPot℠
This is an semi-annual offering of a set amount of honey, with a membership kit and member’s pricing benefits. There are two offerings; the more rare and prestigious Early Summer Harvest, estimated to ship in Late June / Early July, which has lighter, more fruity floral nectar notes of strawberry, apple, pineapple, dandelion and honeysuckle., and the Late Autumn Harvest, which has darker, more herbal earthy nectar tones of goldenrod, blackberry, mint, and slightly tannic, woody herb notes.
The Early Summer Harvest is available in limited quantities, as much as possible must be reserved to feed the colony during the pollen dearth in Summer. The Late Autumn Harvest is more plentiful. All the honey must be removed from the hive, save 50-60lbs per hive to feed the colony over the Winter months. We do not anticipate an Early Summer Harvest in Season 2017, any early harvest will sold directly once packaged. Season 2015 yielded roughly 50lbs of honey per hive in it’s first year, which is a baseline standard minimum in the industry. Some beekeepers don’t have enough honey at the end of the first season to even do a harvest. A hive has the capacity in certain circumstances to produce in excess of 250lbs of honey per hive per year.
This non-”owner” membership is made available in Late Spring / Early Summer going into the new season and expires as an option once that harvest has been made in Late June / Early July & Late September / Early October respectively.
Benefits of Membership
- FREE SHIPPING of a guaranteed amount of honey, available twice a year
- Members-only pricing on all our products during the season
- Chasing Honey Farm swag & tchotchkes
- Supporting sustainable agriculture
Season 2017 Choices
Early Summer 2017 Harvest – Late June/Early July Delivery
A) Early Summer Harvest Gold – $375 – 10 lbs of honey
B) Early Summer Harvest Silver – $244 – 5 lbs of honey
C) Early Summer Harvest Bronze – $123 – 3 lbs of honey
How Membership Works
- Select a membership package that suits your budget and timeframe for delivery – (Late June or Early October)
- Receive your membership kit with cool stickers, buttons, and information about honey bees.
- Have your honey delivered to your door after the harvest you selected.
It’s that easy!
Chasing Honey Farm – HoneyPot℠ Fine Print 2017 – Download PDF to get all the nitty-gritty details.