Skalko Bee Farm

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2018: $7,500.00
Projected End Date: 02/28/2020
Grant Recipient: Skalko Bee Farm
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
John Skalko
Skalko's Honey Bee Farm


Not commodity specific


  • Crop Production: beekeeping
  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, mentoring
  • Farm Business Management: farmers' markets/farm stands
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures


    I am asking for a year extension due to weather, hardware and construction delays.  All the summary results will be provide when the project is completed. 

    Project objectives:

    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) and well as many feet of snow. The honey house (storage unit) will provide the honeybees with a controlled environment (temperature and humidity).

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