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Honey Shares- CSA
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Full Share:
Share Holder receives 12 - 1 lb. jars Local Long Island Wildflower Honey, 4 tubes of our Beeswax Lipbalm, 4 bars of our Premium Handmade Soap and  4 - 8" Pure Beeswax Taper Candles.
eMail updates during season, with pictures.

Half Share:
Share Holder receives 6 - 1 lb. jars Local Long Island Wildflower Honey, 2 tubes of our Beeswax Lipbalm, 2 bars of our Premium Handmade Soap and 2 Pure Beeswax Votive Candles made by Tom's.
eMail updates during season, with pictures.

In most years honey harvest is in June and July. 
Honey is bottled and made available as soon after harvest as possible.
July distribution is planned.
One time pick-up of your honey share, details to be announced.

Backround Information:

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from the farmer and help support local sustainable farming practices and strong local communities at the same time. This simple concept has had a far-reaching impact on the economic health of local farms, farming methods and food production as well as the quality and variety of local farm products available to the consumer.

How it works:
a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically, the share consists of an estimated quantity of farm products produced by that farmer. Interested consumers purchase a 'share' and in return receive their allotment of seasonal produce at predetermined times during the farming season. Sometimes, there is also a hourly work requirement on the farm in addition to the share price.

This arrangement creates a mutually beneficial relationship between the farmer and the consumer.

Farmer benefits:
*Creates an environment for sustainable healthful agriculture
*Provides an opportunity to market the farm products early in the year, before field work begins
*Receives payment early in the season, helping with the farm's off-season cash flow
*Provides funds for development, expansion and improvements of the farm
*Direct producer to consumer relationship
*Helps build strong communities 

Consumer benefits:
*Supporting role in sustainable farming methods.
*Receive healthful, minimally processed food with all the flavor and nutritional benefits intact
*Exposure to new farm fresh products
*An increased knowledge of production methods and farming philosophy
*Direct consumer to producer relationship
*Helps build strong communities
*Ensures farm product variety and availability 

The risks:
One constant, is that there are inherent risks associated with farming and farm production. Weather, disease, insect damage, theft, vandalism, bee hive colony collapse, chemical poisoning, and many other events jeopardize the harvest. Most CSA models of agriculture are based on a system of shared risks. A bad year will yield less causing less product to be distributed, and a good year will yield more farm products to be distributed. CSA farmers make no reimbursements during lean times and no mid-season share price increases during a bountiful harvest. The CSA share holders agree to share the risk and accept less product in lean years and more in bountiful ones. CSA's encourage a mind set of community, togetherness and trust.

Our Honey Share Program:
Tom's Honey Bees has mitigated the risk in our Honey Share Program by offering a limited number of Honey Shares, not to exceed 40% of our anticipated honey production, good for a specific amount of honey. Secondly, our separate bee yards limit the risk of any one event compromising our entire honey crop for the season. We are more comfortable with the concept of -limited shared risk- and think that our honey share holders are as well.