ABOUT HOCKLEY VALLEY HONEY FARM
WHO WE ARE:
Located within the protected boundaries of the Niagara Escarpment, Hockley Valley Honey Farm is operated by a couple of dedicated artisan beekeepers. Our apiaries are strategically located in the most remote areas within Hockley Valley to ensure bees forage in pristine, uncontaminated wildflower meadows.
Our efforts have been rewarded with many trophies and first prize ribbons.
Much research and some good old-fashioned mentoring have enabled us to develop the desired environmentally friendly practices, producing pure, raw gourmet honey.
Dedication to natural practices, a unique location and a high level of skill in handling bees and extracting honey have achieved our recent organic certification.
WHY ORGANIC HONEY?
- It makes the best ever and most pure honey!
- Concern about traces of numerous toxic substances found in conventionally produced and/or imported honey has created demand for certified organic honey.
- The common practice of filtering and heating honey eliminates the vast health benefits of honey.
ORGANIC BEEKEEPING AND HONEY PRODUCTION:
- Our beehives are strategically placed in isolated areas, ensuring a 3km radius of foraging area clear from
herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GM crops( genetically modified ), and the like
- Locally produced and hand processed
- We build our own all natural hive components, using pine for frames and boxes and pure bees wax
- Our bees are maintained naturally and NOT treated with antibiotics and/or any other chemicals
We leave over 100lbs of honey per hive for bees to over winter and do not substitute with feeding sugar
- At harvest time frames are uncapped by scraping manually; no heat is applied
- Our raw honey is NOT heated and/or pasteurized, retaining its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
properties, as well as its multiple antioxidants
DID YOU KNOW ?
- 80% or 50million lbs per year of Canada’s Grade No1 white honey crop is from GM canola
- GM canola crops are usually dusted with a fungicide and later on an insecticide during pollination period
- Most canola seeds are treated with systemic insecticides
- A number of antibiotics are routinely used by conventional beekeepers to treat various illnesses and
infestations affecting beehives
- Chloramphenicol, a broad-spectrum antibiotic and a suspected carcinogen known to cause aplastic anemia
has been found in honey imported from China and Thailand
- Most honey is heat-treated and/or pasteurized to prevent naturally