MAK­ING MONEY OUT OF HONEY

Living France - - Lifestyle -

When their har­vest of honey in­creases, Kevin and Amanda hope to be able to sell some on a craft mar­ket ba­sis. Kevin ex­plains that if you want to sell honey, you need to be reg­is­tered as an agri­cul­tural busi­ness, and you need to be able to pay the nec­es­sary tax re­gard­less of whether you gen­er­ate rev­enue or not. “You have to pro­duce about 900 jars of honey a year to break even – about 120 hives’ worth. Bee farm­ing is like any other kind of farm­ing in that it’s not par­tic­u­larly prof­itable un­less you’re do­ing it on a gi­gan­tic scale. Hence we’re not go­ing down the route of be­ing honey pro­duc­ers, but it’s a won­der­ful by-prod­uct of the other things that we do.”

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