Darlene Myers, D & M Russian Apiaries

Automated Equipment to Overcome Challenges with Honey Bottling
Grant Award: $8,000

After expanding production from 500 to 1,500 pounds of honey per year over the last four years, Darlene is experiencing major bottlenecks in her honey bottling operation.

The addition of a honey pump and automated bottle filler with a turntable will eliminate the need to manually transfer 5-gallon buckets of honey to the storage tank, saving time and reducing waste due to spillage.

Darlene estimates the equipment will reduce bottling time by 90%, which will enable her to spend more time developing her existing 84 hives and growing new colonies she plans to establish in Clay, Cherokee, and Macon counties.

 

Clay County

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