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Michael Frace


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We are a small urban farm in the village of Woodsville, New Hampshire. We live in the Connecticut River valley nestled between the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont. My wife, Sue, and I have lived here for 12 years slowly building up our soil to create lush vegetable and flower gardens applying permaculture methodology and philosophy to our farming. We added free-ranging hens who “till” and fertilize our soil plus give us for unlimited amounts of fresh, organic eggs, as well as two rabbits, Thelma and Louise, who provide companionship for the farm dog and rich manure for the compost bin.

Sue (who owns our sister site Sew Many Prims) had started making natural remedies many years ago as an alternative to over priced and over-rated pharmacological agents- plus we wanted to minimize our support to such a greedy industry. We grow many of our own herbs including chamomile, comfrey, yarrow and calendula to infuse into our balms. We are fortunate enough now to have our own beeswax to use as well. Everything we use is all natural- we do not believe in harsh chemicals in our gardens or in our hives. We have now continued this philosophy to create sustainable cleaning and food storage products with many utilizing our own beeswax. ​
So back to the farm- we have a wooded hill on our land that I have pondered over for years. Last year I began tapping the maple trees on this hill to make syrup. One cold March day as I was collecting sap, I spotted a section of the hill that I thought would be perfect for bees. I have wanted bees for years to help replenish these pollinators to our region as well as provide us with valuable products from the hives including propolus, beeswax, pollen and of course honey.​
After much excavation we began our apiary in May 2016 with three hives. The hillside provided an excellent vantage point for the bees- sunlight streaming through in the morning and evening with adequate shade in the hottest part of the day. We continued with excavation throughout the summer and will be adding three more hives next season. All of the excavation, with the exception of the steel rebar holding the hillside stairs and supports in place, utilized all natural resources- everything from fallen trees for the stairs and retaining support to stone from the local quarry.
I did not know this addictive hobby would blossom into a business for our farm. In addition to offering products such as healing balms for both dogs and humans, natural cleaning products and beeswax food wrap, we now offer local hive management services.

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