- Crop Production: beekeeping
- Education and Training: farmer to farmer, mentoring
- Farm Business Management: farmers' markets/farm stands
- Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures
Skalko’s Honey Bee Farm is seeking a grant to facilitate the survival of honeybee’s in the winter months in N.E. Minnesota which will decrease the amount of new honey bee nuc’s that need to be purchased each spring for the season. The object is I will decrease the winter honeybee loss and increasing honey production because I will have full size colonies in the spring of the year. Funding of $7500.00 is requested for the honeybee winter house. Commercial beekeepers in Idaho have built large storage bee houses similar to potato cellars to house thousands of bees over the winter months.
Project objectives from proposal:
Increase life of honeybees by reducing winter kill (die off) due to extreme weather conditions in N.E. Minnesota. Minnesota can have very cold winters (below zero for weeks) as well as many feet of snow. The honey house (storage unit) will provide the honeybees with a controlled environment (temperature and humidity).