Grant Award: $6,000
The Steiners are building a 28′ x 32′ structure on their property to serve as a honey house.
The new honey house will provide a space for on-site honey extraction, a space to build and maintain hive boxes and a dedicated on-farm location for all apiary operations. Currently, an off-site location serves as storage which is highly inefficient.
With this new building, they will be able to maintain a larger number of hives, increasing honey production and providing the infrastructure for new revenue streams, such as nuc sales and value-added products. Also with this expansion, Gary will be able move to full-time work on the farm.
The Steiners sell their honey at the Henderson County Farmer’s Market, to their 15-member CSA, direct from farm and at local produce stands and apple sheds. They also offer pollination services to local apple and fruit orchards.