Dickey Bee Honey – CIP


Pete’s dad was ill in 2000, and Pete wanted to continue
on with the business as a fourth generation. So we were living in Innisfil, and we thought what a great
idea to move the business from Brampton to Innisfil,
and that’s what we did. So we brought the business
up to Stroud in 2000. You know, back then in 2000,
so that’s 17 years ago already, you know there wasn’t
very many beekeepers. So, having a beekeeper in the area and then being able to provide local honey was really pretty exciting back then. One of the things that we did when we built this brand new facility, so we moved over from
Stroud to Cookstown in 2012. We built this brand new facility,
it was 4,000 square feet. One of the things that we wanted to do was incorporate this
into a teaching facility. Because it’s very
important that people know the importance of the honeybees, why they’re important to
our food, to our food chain. And so what we did is I
actually partnered with the school boards and the
kids actually come to learn. Part of the curriculum is how important the honeybees are for pollination. It just took off so extremely well that 4,000 square feet
wasn’t enough to accommodate 90, 100, 125 kids at a time. So we actually put on
an addition last year, an extra 2,000 square feet. But not only did that expand, but tours, facility, groups, associations
that wanted to come and we weren’t totally handicap accessible because of having the
stone laneway or whatever. It was very hard. So one of the things that worked
very extremely well for us was not only putting on the addition, but we’re really looking forward to having a paved driveway and laneway, where we’re gonna actually be totally wheelchair accessible now. It was great. It’s a really fabulous program, especially for a small business as ours. It allowed me the
opportunity to go to the Town and apply for some assistant funding so that we could have the
driveway and the laneway paved. So now not only is this
6,000 square foot facility totally internally wheelchair accessible, but so is the outside. So if it wasn’t for the
Town I’m not so sure that we could afford, you know, to put out all the
total cost to have this. So, not only can we house the skids, we can house all the
groups and associations, and we feel very proud and very happy that we can accommodate all
the wheelchair accessible.

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