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  1. Thread: Hive scale?

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    Re: Hive scale?

    Here in NC Indiana you can pick up a dial scale that goe to maybe 350# at a sporting goods store, they are used by deer hunters (and optimistic fishermen).
  2. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    I rest my case...
    GALVESTON, Texas, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The True Source Honey™ Initiative enthusiastically announces the launch of a Certified Honey Traceability Program...
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    Re: Painting Bee Hives

    IF you are into photography, and many of us new beekers are, white does a fine job of accenting the bees in photos. I think I took close to a 500-700 photos this summer alone. Colored hives look...
  4. propolis and old boxes as nastie reservoir?

    Just a thought... We are encouraged to rotate out old foundation every three years to discourage build up of (besides herbicides/pesticides) viruses and other nasties. While only a 2nd year beeker,...
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    Re: Just Shaking My head

    yep, my reaction was the same, "this guy has some serious New-Age issues".

    I'm not for industry-farming our bee relationship into being just another input to our food factory, but jeezo-pete,...
  6. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    China exports are always scarey to buy. A number of years ago, they basically came into the vitamin/amino acid markets and undersold Europe and US competitors to the point that after a few years...
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    Re: Senate Bill 510

    To the man with a hammer, the world naturally appears as if a nail. To a man with a computer it appears as an untapped database.

    Registration and honey output documented is likely to come under...
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    Re: Senate Bill 510

    It's the Law of Unintended Consequences that mucks things up. Somebody needs to have authority to pull harmful stiff form the market place, I don't think anybody disagrees with that statement.
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    Senate Bill 510

    Has anybody from the Beekeeping Industry reviewed this Senate bill?

    FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (Reported in Senate - RS)[S.510.RS]
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:S.510:...
  10. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    Haven't read the details yet, but here's how in the the name of "Food Safety" your little honey biz will/can become a "person of interest" to the government.


    Senate Bill 510...
  11. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    An excellent discussion acticle in a somewhat related field,
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/business/20artisan.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a25

    I realize honey is much less...
  12. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    Having been involved in feed/food industry all my carreer, I am not optimistic. "If you can test for it...they will have you test for it". Additonally, incidences of adulteration are perfect...
  13. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    What you experienced (and repulsed) is just the leading edge of a rising tide on "supplier certification". It is possible to fly below the radar, but you will find your marketing options becoming...
  14. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    The "chef route" is an excellent way to go. Chefs opinions or a word validating you as a "good source for good honey" is the best advertising you can get.
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    Re: 1:1 sugar water

    So, for very small batches, 2 qts sugar to 1 qt water?
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    Re: Who stole my honey account?

    Muth Jars seem all the rage. I suspect the repeat customer will be limited unless they are for gifts. Still if it help move honey at a premium price, "that is a good thing". Yes, I'm going to do...
  17. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    I was just using an Apiary Inspection Cert as an example. We market into all kinds of channels. Some just want cheap "poultry meat", others want 3rd party certification that our poultry lead a...
  18. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    sqkcrk,
    You forget I'm a just a small-time hobbyist. But, that said, When the state gets around to inspecting my hives, the insepction cert will go in my honey-sales-kit file. Certs are not a big...
  19. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    Any time, any part of your operation has an inspection and you get a certificate (that states "you passed"), post it (or a copy) where you can get some free advertising out of it. In light of the...
  20. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    I'd have a copy of my inspection cert where all can see it. We do that with our "animal welbeing" certs.
  21. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    [QUOTE=sqkcrk;575992]

    Does the author of this Thread tell people that when they slaughter their chickens that they cut their heads off and hang them on the clothes line until all the blood drains...
  22. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    For your size, location, I think you are correctly marketing your honey. It seems a little bit of "you" goes into each bottle, and as Martha Stewart sez, "that's a good thing".

    Lastly, if your...
  23. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    Yup, that the way the market operates. We spent tons of money working out our Animal Well-being Policy. It top notch and expensive. Competition claims to have one too, not (IMO) as good as ours, but...
  24. Re: Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    Yup, "Trace n Trace" (TNT), is coming to ALL food production. They work out the bugs/paperwork/legal issues of the system with the big commercial guys and then just keep pushing it down to the...
  25. Apply "Farm to Fork" marketing for the little guy

    I'm a 2nd year beek hobbiest, with a vertically integrated, niche, poultry background. Here's a thought for consideration on getting a leg up in marketing for those who small size allows for nimble...
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