About long Point Honey Co.
About long Point Honey Co.
I am Julie White, beekeeper and owner of Long Point Honey Co. I started LPHC in 2010 in response to a long-held passion for bees, the love of our local eco-system, and a desire to produce the most delectible wild honey imaginable. I am a small-batch producer, certified under the Canadian Organic Standards.
These are my guiding principles:
Bees first. The well-being of the bees will never be compromised. They will always have enough honey to sustain them through our long winters. They will never knowingly be exposed to synthetic pesticides or herbicides. Their hives will be managed respectfully and minimally, but responsibly.
Organic management. We will maintain our operations in compliance with the stringent best practices of organic production embodied in the certification process to produce the purest, most delectable honey imaginable within the smallest possible environmental footprint.
Community focus. Community means more to us than producing locally – although this is very important to us – but also includes being part of, and giving to, the community. (see below)
Continuous learning. Beekeeping is both an ancient art and a modern science. We will continue to study, learn from doing, and listen to the wisdom of others.
Long Point Honey is certified organic under the canadian organic standards. We have gone the extra mile of complying with all the requirements of organic certification because we believe in the integrity of the process, providing certainty to consumers that the product is truly organic and traceable from hive to jar. We welcome the rigour of the standards, which not only ensure environmentally protective organic practices, but also represent the most up-to-date science related to excellence in beekeeping.
In brief, certified honey will ensure:
That the bees have not been exposed to pesticides or herbicides within their forage area, a radius of 3 km from the beeyard (28 sq.km.). Bees will rarely forage beyond 3 km unless nectar is scarce. In the case of Long Point Honey, our forage area (located within Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Reserve) is a peninsula, therefore it is contained on three sides by Lake Ontario, and on the fourth side by a distance of 10 km from any crops that might use pesticides. Our few residential neighbours sign an annual affidavit that they do not use pesticides.
That no synthetic chemicals are used at any stage of the beekeeping process. The certification process goes farther than prohibiting synthetic chemicals for the treatment of pests or diseases in the hive, and includes such things as non-toxic paint on the hives and organic cleansing products for honey extraction, the honey house and hive storage facility. As well, no synthetic materials can be used in the smoker beekeepers use to calm the bees during inspections. (We use dried sumac berries.) Certification standards specify that bees can be removed from the honey supers prior to extraction only through brushing, shaking or the use of bee escapes.
That the nutritional value of the honey hasn’t been compromised by heating or filtering. Most people are aware that honey shouldn’t be heated, but the certification standards extend to the harvesting process itself. To remove honey from the frame, the outer layer of wax must be cut away. Organic practice requires a cold knife; some beekeepers use a hot knife for ease and speed, which heats the honey. As well, organic standards distinguish between straining and filtering. They allow for the straining of honey through a sieve to remove bits and pieces. Filtering, which is a more invasive process used to minimize crystalization, is prohibited.
That the standards are applied and monitored. The certifying agency requires significant record keeping on process and production and reviews them and other compliance issues during an annual site visit.
Long Point Honey is committed to using its all of its profits to support community efforts in Prince Edward County. For 2016, they included:
Reaching for Rainbows
Reaching for Rainbows in Picton, Ontario has been a community partner since 2011. Prince Edward County has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the province, and fully 40% of County students grades K–4 lag behind the rest of the province in academics, literacy, physical health, and emotional maturity. The program's mission is: “To create a nurturing environment where girls are celebrated and encouraged to develop life skills, academic skills and a visa for their own success.”
Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO)
PEPtBO is a not-for-profit, registered charity dedicated to the monitoring and research of migratory bird populations. They are official caretakers of the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) a globally significant area that comprises over 40 km of Lake Ontario shoreline, and 90 square kilometers of land and water habitat. Home of Long Point Honey Co.
Festival Players of Prince Edward County
Festival Players is the region's professional summer theatre company. For more than ten years, Festival Players has brought the beautiful landscapes, towns and villages of the County to life through the incredible power of theatre. We believe Festival Players plays a vital role in the creative, cultural development and tourism of the County.