I really thought, with a normal year, we could get everything taken car of but again unusual weather nationwide has taken its toll on beekeepers and bee breeders. This situation is summed up very well by this article at : http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-20...0.archive.html written by none other than Kim Flottum at Bee Culture.
I will be offering single colonies for sale this year to obtain the money to pay all those that I owe. For those that are close enough to pick them up, you can apply your balance toward colonies of bees. If it means selling every hive that I own, so be it. I can't fight the weather as I have now lost that battle three years in a row. Quitting is not in my nature, but I know when I can't win. There are those that will not be satisfied until Long Creek is closed and they can wear their arms out patting themselves on the back. Sure I have made a lot of mistakes but I don't claim to be anything but human. But I will defend myself so don't see this as a sign of weakness. Forums and Blogs are not longer protected speech determined by a Supreme Court ruling which means you are responsible for what you write. Suit and countersuit. After all, if I must use money that would go to refunds to defend myself, why not fight back because the money is spent anyway. The only ones that make anything thing in the end is the lawyers. Long Creek has limited assets, not need wasting them on lawyers instead of refunds. Everyone will be repaid, it will just take some time. I expect 20 or 30 rebuttals but so be it.