AFTER months of hard work and generous funding from people all over the world, Sven and Ana Martin have received a portable extracting, bottling and training building that will support beekeepers and protect bees.
The Johns River residents had read enough about the threat to the world’s bee population to be prompted to take action and formed their business, Amber Drop Honey.
They rescue bee infestations from homes and farm properties, eliminating the need for pesticide management.
They took it a step further by starting a crowdfunding campaign at the beginning of the year hoping to raise $50,000 with the tipping point set at $30,000.
By June 26 they had reached $21,882 in backing. Then, it reached $50,000 and the plan was put into action.
On Tuesday, November 6, the building was delivered and their dream was realised.
“We are very happy. It will give us a place to come together and work together as beekeepers,” Ana said.
“We believe small beekeeping is better for the bees, the beekeepers and the consumers. It’s win, win, win.
“By January it will all be working 100 per cent. If anyone is interested in finding out more on keeping bees or using the facility please visit our website or find us on Facebook.”
Anyone can keep bees, an easy process that is made even better by this crowdfunded-building.
Ways that you can make a difference and help the bee population thrive include:
- planting flowers in their gardens more often
- refusing to use chemicals like round-up
- buy honey directly from local beekeepers or from stores that support them
- if you have unwanted bees try to find a beekeeper to rescue them, rather than exterminating them