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February & March 2022 Recap

Updated: Mar 30

Let's Catch Up!


February

Luminate

February started with re-stocking Hive to Home beeswax wraps in the lovely Luminate Wellness. I'm always excited to visit Luminate because I always find something new there (after proof reading this recap and the previous recap I realized I said the same thing then. I mean it!). While dropping the wraps off, I had to buy more jojoba oil for beeswax wrap production. Did you know Luminate carries package free jojoba oil? While filling up my mason jar, I noticed bulk nail polish remover and bulk beard oil. Amazing.




New Location Alert

Great news! You can now purchase Hive to Home beeswax wraps through the Prospect Farmers' Market online! Farmers' Markets have a special place in my heart, so when the opportunity to join a local market came about I was obviously on board.


the words "prospect farmers market new vendor alert. we are happy to welcome hive to home' lay over a pink brick wall

Broth, Books, Moss.

I save vegetable scraps in a bucket in my freezer.

Why?

Because I make my homemade broth from it.

Why?

  • it reduces the production, transportation, and packaging of store bought broth

  • I divert a small amount of waste from being collected, transported, and processed at the composting facility by boiling down the scraps

  • the taste is *chef's kiss*

My freezer veggie scrap bucket will filled by the end of February so in March I made a batch of broth. It filled 8 mason jars which went in to the freezer to be used when needed. I've already started another bucket and have used a few jars. PS - do your research on freezing broth. One time a WHOLE batch exploded in my freezer. 10/10 do not recommend that experience.


I read:

  • Watching You - Lisa Jewell

  • Wild Game: My Mother

  • Her Lover, and Me - Adrienne Brodeur

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • The Story of More - Hope Jahren

  • Gathering Moss - Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Wow what a force The Story of More is. Few books have stuck with like that one.


Moss. As we've been spending more time outside I've been admiring moss. The more moss I see the more I look for it. It's been fun looking all over the property for the different varieties.


March

More Books

I read:

  • Butter Honey Pig Bread - Francesca Ekwuyasi

  • The Anthropocene Reviewed - John Green

  • Magnolia Palace - Fiona Davis

  • and started Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown.


Dirt to Soil has my completely absorbed. So much so that when I went for a massage I asked to listen to the book during my massage, and I did! It talks about thinking of your land (garden, ranch, farm, etc) as an ecosystem and how to regenerate it. Gabe talks about setting a goal and asking yourself questions before taking action - to ensure what you're doing is moving you towards your goal. Soil health, (no) tiling, mimicking nature - I can't articulate how interesting his perspective and actions on his ranch are.


Big News

Hive to Home was one of NINE small businesses to win..... a Community Investment Grant from CUA!


259 applicants

27 total recipients

9 small businesses


WOW!


The grant will allow Hive to Home to become more efficient by purchasing an electric commercial table top griddle. This piece of equipment will allow me to wax wraps 93% faster.


Yeah.


Producing the same quality beeswax wraps, with the same amazing local ingredients, will mean more wraps available, shorter waiting times, and less single use items used. More beeswax wraps positively impacts our environment and our health.


Here is a little about Hive to Home's initiative and the change this investment will make:


A struggle of being a single person business is wearing many hats. A commercial table top griddle will allow me to use my time more efficiently. Making beeswax wraps more efficiently will impact the business as a whole. In increasing the efficiency of waxing, I will be able to reduce wait times for orders, continue to grow Hive to Home, and be better positioned in my business.


Producing more beeswax wraps will mean purchasing more supplies. An uncompromising value of Hive to Home is to purchase beeswax from Nova Scotian farmers, and to source as many of our ingredients as local as possible. As we grow, those purchasing powers grow too. We will be proud to increase our orders through these suppliers. I take great pride in supporting locally owned businesses. Getting to know the amazing makers and producers of this province, and being able to support them, in any capacity, has been a dream come true.

Being able to increase my production of beeswax wraps has positive environmental impacts; from consuming less electricity, to reducing food waste, to continuing to educate and replace single use items. Each beeswax wrap can be reused; I have used mine for years. Using a reusable covering like a beeswax wraps helps to alleviate the environmental impact of producing single use coverings, it eases the collection / sorting/ disposal of single use coverings, and the environmental impact of littering. Single use items are often sourced from non-renewable sources, are single use, and are destined for the landfill, as litter, or sold on the commodity market to be recycled. Beeswax wraps are reusable, can be rewaxed, and are make from renewable sources.


Read more about the amazing local recipients here: CUA Awards $100,000 in Community Grants . Thank you CUA!


the words CUA community investment grant are white with a blue background. the background has a faint map of Nova Scotia


A Little Bit of Bad News

Remember the plan to get chickens? It's still the plan, just delayed. Our six hens from Scotian Gold won't be arriving until June. I'm pretty sad about it but understand the caution given what's being passed around the birds. So, stay tuned for chicken updates.

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