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Bees, Chickens & Birds

Norfolk County provides a unique opportunity to collaborate and connect with local businesses.  Being a diverse agricultural tourism area, we tap into many thriving local businesses to provide solutions, create partnerships and fill a need in each other’s businesses.   

This held true when we realized in order to supply enough fruit for cider & grape production our orchard & vineyard would need some help from a very tiny solution.  A local apiary, Hunt’s Honey, has provided approximately 20 hives  within the vineyard and orchard.  Benefits are full circle. A  nice steady honey supply for our winery family and all the  pollen one little bee can consume from our vineyard and orchard.  With the addition of planting wildflowers around the property, we are feeding these bees, while they take very good care of our farm. 

After expanding the vineyard to over 3 times its size in 2017 we knew an IPM (integrated pest management) system was  needed. This created an opportunity to introduce more  chickens to the property.  We also  partnered with the ALUS  Program who have provided blue bird, brown bat and  kestrel habitats to help to create an ecosystem approach at managing our pests.