Busy Bee Farm is located in the Pine Barrens in Tabernacle, N.J. Pesticide free lavender, herbs, and native plants are the focal crops, and the farm is also home to 25 beehives. As the Prices' home since 1996, the farm was created in 2006 with the addition of a greenhouse in 2007. Steve and Toni are members of the NJ Beekeepers Association and are charter members of the U.S. Lavender Growers Association. We are also members of the Mid-Atlantic Aronia Growers Association as we strive to diversify our farm. Busy Bee Farm has recently been certified as a Bee Friendly Farm by Partners for Sustainable Pollination, and the Xerxes Society for Invertebrate Conservation has recognized the farm's official Pollinator Habitat area. Busy Bee Farm also continues to participate in the NJ Forest Stewardship Program. We are committed to these practices and are available for educational programs related to these topics.
Updates From the Farm
January 2014 - Season’s Greetings to All and Best Wishes for a Healthy, Happy 2014!
We would like to express our sincere thanks to all of our regular and new customers. We really appreciate your business and kind support of all that we are trying to accomplish here at Busy Bee Farm. Your interest and encouragement are what have made us so grateful to now call so many of you “friend.”
As we move into 2014, our 8th year as official farmers and beekeepers, we continue to learn new things. Some of these years have been beautifully uncomplicated, while others have brought many challenges. This year we hope to modify some of our growing practices to help avoid fungus issues with our beloved lavender. We’ll plant more herbs to accommodate the demand for our lavender based herbal teas and Herbes De Provence, and we will continue to explore better user of our greenhouse. We still hope to produce enough lavender in the future to distill for our own locally grown, organic lavender essential oil. Busy Bee Farm is researching small plantings of additional, unique crops as well, but we are mostly looking forward to May 2014 when we will see you all again!
Please check our products section for availability in the off-season, and look for spring posts about our upcoming season and cut your own lavender.
September 17, 2013 - The summer has been a difficult one for us due to the extreme rainfall and humidity, and we have lost several hundred lavender plants to fungus disease. Luckily our bloom was good and we managed to have many pleasant mornings between the showers for Cut Your Own Lavender here at the farm.
Our bees had a great season, and right now we're deciding whether we'll harvest a second time this year. It's tempting but we have to carefully consider leaving enough honey in the hives to support our hard workers all winter.
More herbs were planted in the spring, and they continue to supply terrific ingredients for our popular loose-leaf lavender based teas and Herbes De Provence. Our lavender honey walnuts have also become best-sellers at the farmer's market, and we've also been very happy to see so many of our Philadelphia market friends coming to Moorestown to buy our products!
Be sure to see our revised schedule below. We look forward to seeing everyone through December.