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What other forum topic's would you like to see? 7 years 2 months ago #9

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Please share with us what other forum topics you'd like to see? Please share with us!
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Re: What other forum topic's would you like to see? 7 years 1 month ago #18

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A forum topic that deals with the bee market & what Ontario County Beekeepers Association is doing to Educate, promote & support local, regional & then national beekeeping interests.
Since I started keeping bees in May 09, I am amazed at what little I knew about the honeybee culture, & business.
The genius of America is that you can do what you love & make a living at it. That is a fleeting fantasy.
I see that when the topic of honeybees is brought up, invariably there are questions like " what's up with the honeybees?" or "Is honey really good for my allergies?".
If local beekeepers are going to grab a larger & more profitable marketshare of the honey market regionally, educating the masses of the benefits of local, raw honey has to be as important as the health of our colonies. I have yet to spend five minutes talking with someone about local honey without getting a response like "where's a good place to get local honey?" or "Do you have any left?".
I am very thankful for the well meaning, mentoring types that help anyone & everyone they can to promote the betterment of the honeybee culture. That beeing said, I would offer a few suggestions to be considered.
1. Devoting a certain amount of time/space to discussing how networking for the benefit of regional interests.
I was surprised that out of 160 nucs to be supplied to the association 0% were bought from local, northern breeders. I understand that supply is low & demand is high. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO HELP LOCALS GRAB MARKETSHARE BY SEARCHING OUT LOCALS & COMMITING TO BUY FROM THEM FIRST! Everyone that is doing this for a sideliner ( I don't know of anyone within 50 miles of Canandaigua that is supporting themselves beekeeping as a sole income) would find reason to expand if locals would make known that they would prefer local bred stock.
In the same way that you split your colonies, for expansion, hoping to replicate, duplicate the production of your best producers, this association (Those that have business interests)should consider ways to support local businesses that put out quality products (Bees/Honey/Equipment) & are willing to help the smaller businesses grow.
Just like every other market in this capitalistic enviroment big money works with large volumn producers that have no interest in quality, & profits dictate & manage the industry while the little producers with quality & concern have to take the crumbs of the marketshare.
It will be the innovative networking of the American entepreneurs educating the quality conscious consumer that will cause a rising tide to lift our boats. Maybe you are content with the hobby aspect of beekeeping. I for one will do it now regardless of profit for having my own healthy honey.
My intentions are to work toward making our local market work for the locals.
Of course I have more to say, but I have other responsibilities to attend to. to be continued...
I have NOT failed, I have only found many many ways that do not work!
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Re: What other forum topic's would you like to see? 6 years 1 month ago #361

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Thanks, Lakebilly, for putting your finger on an important area for growth. It's been 11 months, now, since you posted your suggestion; are your feelings still the same from this later perspective? Also, there is now a forum for discussions on marketing, but no one has come forward.

Since I am handicapped by (a) being new to beekeeping this year, and (b) about 75 miles from the primary region of the association, my knowledge is limited. Is there a food coop in Ontario County where raw honey can be marketed? Have health food stores been contacted, on behalf of the association? When local events are held (county fairs, etc.), is there an association presence? Chambers of Commerce contacted? Some of these ideas would have costs; a problem for an association that doesn't have dues or a budget.

Just a few humble suggestions...
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Re: What other forum topic's would you like to see? 6 years 2 weeks ago #564

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Under the General Beekeeping Category, how about a section on innovative equipment built by members? I am sure that many members have developed or modified some piece of gear so that it would perform better.
We could all benefit by their pioneering...and avoiding their mistakes.
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Re: What other forum topic's would you like to see? 6 years 2 weeks ago #569

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Yes, innovative or adaptations of equipment would be nifty.
Also, a truly General subcategory under General Topics.
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