When Kami Forcier and her husband, Freddy, started raising bees in 2013, they did so simply to produce enough honey for their own use. That first year, they harvested about 5 gallons off two hives. When they shared some with friends and neighbors, the reaction was intense: “This is the best honey I’ve ever eaten,” Kami recalls one friend saying.
Soon enough, they began selling jars of honey in order to raise money for new bee equipment for their farm, Stubborn Girl Farm, in Fort Plain, Montgomery County.
Today, just four years later, they run a busy farm — albeit “still a tiny operation” — that includes the bee operation and a vegetable community supported agriculture with clients in Greenpoint and Brooklyn. Kami’s also taken on a role as an advocate for honeybees, which face a variety of environmental threats.
“ I decided that honeybees need our help, and I’m dedicated to helping the local community understand that you don’t have to raise honeybees to help them survive,” Kami says.
Everyone can help, she says, by planting flowers; refraining from pesticide use on lawns; and supporting their local honeybee farmers.
For information: visit their Facebook page, Facebook.com/StubbornGirlFarm.