We have worked hard to be economically and environmentally sustainable.
Phil’s honey is now certified by Local Food Plus. We are very proud of this recognition of our efforts at healthy and sustainable practices.
Practices of note are:
- Solar heating and Heat Recycling in Bee Wintering Building.
- Cultural control of Varroa mite by drone removal.
- Treatement of parasitic mites with organic acids.
- Support of local producer cooperatives including Manitoba Honey Producers (BeeMaid Honey), St. Norbert Farmers Market, and Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative.
See the photos and related information below.
Heat Recycling: These radiators and the accompanying plumbing use the heat from inside air that is being forced out of the wintering building to warm the floor of the building. This way the air inside is renewed with fresh air without excessive cooling.
Solar Panels help heat the wintering building too! These south-facing panels warm the fluid in the floor year round. In winter they help the building stay warm and in summer the shed is warmed so that the honey doesn’t harden too quickly. I also do my queen work in this building and the larvae survive better when it is a little warmer.