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Richmond Honey Farm
Contact: Bren & Tasha Richmond
Address: Box 152 Cypress River, , R0K 0P0
Email Address: tashhrich@gmail.com
Phone: 204-743-2373
About Us
Richmond Honey Farms is located near Cypress River, Manitoba. The farm is operated by Art Richmond and his two youngest sons Bren and Cam Richmond. Art & Wanda began farming in 1981, and they recently moved from the farm allowing Bren, wife Tasha and daughter Taryn to move onto the home farm. Bren grew up helping his dad farm, and purchased bees with his brother Cam after graduating high school. The three men operate 1800 hives within a 40-mile radius located on approximately 50 different farms. They also graft their own queens - by raising your queens you are using more local genetics that will do better in your local environment.

They begin harvesting the honey near the end of July into the beginning weeks of September. After the honey is harvested it is bottled for consumers. Two harvests take place, the first being longer because there is more honey to collect the first time around. Since they have so many hives to harvest from, the Richmond's will end the first harvest only to begin the next without a break between. At the end of the second harvest, the hives will be packed up and brought in to be kept over winter in one of the sheds. There they can stay warm and healthy. Throughout the winter they are supplied with simple sugars to feed them since the honey they collect can be hard on their stomachs and may lead the bees to become sick.

Richmond's will hire roughly 10 employees during harvest to help with collecting the hives from the farms and with the actual harvesting of the honey. There will generally be two workers with Bren in the shop harvesting and the rest collecting and replacing the hives.

Tasha took the Agribusiness program at Assiniboine College and became very interested in the marketing courses and began focusing the information towards the honey farm. She now works in crop insurance along with helping with various jobs on the farm. Tasha and Taryn enjoy attending local farmer’s markets and craft sales selling products from the hive and enjoy direct marketing with their consumers. Taryn is a great advocate for bee pollen, she can tell you all the benefits of taking bee pollen daily and enjoys it daily in her smoothies!

The Richmond's joined HMLFI because they love what harvest moon stands for, supplying locally grown, made or collected products and supplying it to consumers with awareness about the importance of knowing how food is grown and collected and the importance of knowing your farmer!
Practices
They began making candles on the farm since beeswax candles have such amazing benefits. Beeswax candles have a much higher melting point so therefore burn for a much longer period of time. When the beeswax candles are lit they produce negative ions that clean and purify the air. Negative ions are drawn to positive ions, positive ions hold on to dust, mold and odors. While the candle is lit the negative ions attach to positive ions cleaning and purifying the air not to mention the aroma is intoxicating because of the smell of raw honey!

To ensure that the candle will burn cleanly across the top and in order to avoid tunneling, burn your candle for one hour for the diameter. So if your candle is 3 in’ in diameter, burn for 3 hours to ensure a more even burn. When extinguishing a candle, avoid blowing out the lit flame. Dip the lit wick into the pool of wax with a dipper, after the flame has been extinguished make sure the wick is propped up for easy relighting.

They guarantee that their honey is raw, pure and all natural. They strive to care for their bees at the very best by supplying them with yards that are near many wild flowers, clover, organic grown crops as well as other annual production.