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Green Bee Farms Inc

Be green with Green Bee

Brattleboro, VT   |  greenbeefarms.org

Mission

To help create a greener future by implementing old school methodologies with new school technologies. Supporting Education on Sustainable/regenerative systems.

Notes from the nonprofit

We began operating as a tax-exempt entity on 6/9/2022. The financial figures provided below are projections based on our budget for the current fiscal year. If you want more info send us an email at [email protected] and we can send over our spreadsheet for items needed.

Ruling year info

2022

President

Niko Uman

Co-president

Yuri Harris

Main address

626 Black Mountain Rd

Brattleboro, VT 05301 USA

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EIN

88-2731185

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In today's day and age, we are losing significant amounts of cultural history in terms of Agriculture, heritage breeds are being seen less and less as "commercial" breeds are being put in place. Long-lost fertilizers are being replaced with glyphosate, chlorpyrifos, "triple 15" (a term for 15-15-15 fertilizer commonly found in Colombia), and atrazine. Because of some of these pesticides we are also seeing a rise in polluted waters, they also risk endangered species. By focusing on solving some of these issues together, we aim to provide education for regenerative systems to help the world be in a better place.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Build a library near the farm

There is already a school nearby the property where students walk/ride a horse 1 hour. Our goal is to create a "homestead/self sufficiency" library with tablets (with educational games), books, and courses. Here will also be a learning site for courses and more. .

Population(s) Served
Preteens
Adolescents
Young adults

The rich genetic legacy embodied in Heritage breeds is a key to the future of sustainable agriculture, but certain heritage breeds are now critically endangered. Breed numbers have changed drastically over the past 100 years, and their rich genetic diversity is disappearing rapidly. Global estimates are that 190 livestock breeds were lost forever in just the past 15 years, the FAO of the United nations estimates that 35% of livestock and 63% of poultry breeds could succumb to the same fate in the next few years.

Industrial breeds of poultry and swine outperform heritage breeds in high-input, standardized, confined settings, but industrial breeds cannot effectively thrive and produce in the low-input, locally adapted farm systems where heritage breeds shine.

Opportunities with heritage breeds:
Disease/pest/heat (climate) resistance, colours and textures, genetic makeups, draft purposes, different flavors (meat, milk, eggs), yields, growth rates, fertility, temperament, and more.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people

We will strategically place zones of "do not disturb" only adding trails for safe passage of birds, mammals, bugs and more along the farm.
Wild animals face innumerable obstacles as they move across the landscape in search of food, mates and habitat.We need to make it easier for wildlife by protecting and creating corridors that connect islands of habitat. Corridors are not just used to connect wildlife populations. Other wildlife species use them to follow age-old migration routes. By creating trails of undisturbed wildlife, we can create a safe haven for some of these rare species and have a positive impact on the natural life around us.

Population(s) Served

Following techniques of Jaime Elizondo, Jan Bosma, Gearld Fry, Johann Zeitsmann, and more
we have created a 150 page cattle document outlining methods to grow organic matter, thus improving drought resistance, cattle stocking rate and overall fertility within the cattle. the 150 page "textbook" offers information on breeding with respect to glandular expression, characteristics of "good" cattle, criteria for selection, fertility, weight advice, adaptation to lands and the basics of Mendelian genetics. It also offers advice related to grazing in terms of pastures, posts, rotations, water, "reading" manure, supplements and more.

Currently it is on the first draft. Now we need a farm to practice these techniques to see what we keep for draft 2 when we start to share this document with a select group of cattlemen.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We aim to launch a conscious music festival that combines learning with entertainment. Working with our contacts in Colombia and the US, including a top techno company in Medellin, a prominent music festival producer in New Hampshire, and renowned PDC teachers, we will offer homestead classes in the mornings focused on topics such as bio-construction, organic farming, permaculture, herbalism, mindfulness, and personal growth. In the evenings, attendees can enjoy performances by amazing musicians. Our festival will encourage attendees to reflect on their actions and make conscious choices. We also plan to record select performances, with proper permissions in place, and share them on YouTube.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Farmers
Academics
Farmers
Academics
Farmers
Academics
Farmers
Academics
Artists and performers
Activists
Nomadic people

Using various methodologies described in Korean Natural farming, Bio-dynamics, cannabis forums, and organic handbooks we will test various fertilizers to see which work and on what plants.
The first Green Bee Pharms had excelled so much at this that we won 2nd place in the Vermont "headies" for hemp flower in a competition with over 15 of the top hemp growers.

We also read "old" books and magazines from pre-industrial times such as Market Growers Journal, Journals of chemistry and Pharmacy and more to find recipes forgotten to the past.

To read more about some of the fertilizers we have lined up, Follow this link with over 40 fertilizers:
https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1h9Euq4sAgwMfK_Luyd8r7-HZKgbPMMrk

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Indigenous peoples
Indigenous peoples
Farmers
Academics
Economically disadvantaged people

Lead a weekly gathering at a coffee spot in Burlington, VT where we bring together people from ecologically minded backgrounds (geologists, enviornmental studies majors, farmers, etc) to discuss ways that we can create a better world.

Starts with a 30 minute presentation from one of the members on a topic they have worked in and are passionate about, and then goes to a social. Sometimes we also add gamification by having people break up into groups to do fun games such as: "create your utopian society" "how would you better our waste disposal systems" and more.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Activists
Farmers

It's important to foster cultural exchange and respect with indigenous communities. We prioritize preserving their traditional ways of life and honoring their unique anthropology, while also sharing knowledge and building connections.

Population(s) Served
American Indians
People of South American descent

On our website: (https://greenbeefarms.org/sources/) we have organized more than 90 different seed producers offering organic seeds.

Using organic seeds avoids the use of neonicotinoids (clothianidin,
imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam) laced seeds.
Neonics have grown in popularity for use on more than 140 species from lawns to cropland and are now the most widely used insecticides

Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides that are absorbed by plants and spread throughout their tissues, making them toxic to insects that feed on them. It seeps into the soil and water and contaminates the food chain, harming many species of insects and pollinators. Neonics also harm birds, with just tiny doses causing lethargy and suppressing appetite. The chemical can impact the reproductive success of animals and even harm humans, as residues have been found in baby food and drinking water. Organic and heirloom seeds help to promote a healthier environment and protect the diversity of plant species.

Population(s) Served

Companion planting, cover cropping, interplanting, hedgerow creation, and beetle banking can help save insects by providing them with habitat, food, and shelter while also increasing biodiversity on the farm, which in turn can lead to natural pest control, improved soil health, and greater resilience to climate change.

Companion planting involves planting certain crops together to repel pests or attract beneficial insects; cover cropping involves planting non-harvested crops to improve soil health and provide habitat for insects; interplanting involves mixing crops to create a diverse environment for insects; creating hedgerows provides habitat and food for insects; and beetle banking involves providing habitat for ground beetles, which prey on crop pests, to reduce the need for insecticides. These practices can help maintain healthy insect populations and reduce the need for harmful insecticides.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Activists
Academics
Activists
Farmers
Academics
Activists
Farmers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Regenerative Cattle Grazing

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We are still looking for grants and sponsorships, we have bootstrapped this whole project from left over college funds.

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

World Save Wednesdays - social event

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023 we started World Save Wednesdays a social event with people who are dedicated towards solving world issues, we begin with a presentation, then play games, and then go to a social where we talk

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Build a library near the farm

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

on the farm we have given 50 books for improving more regenerative biological systems on the farm including permaculture books, chemistry, self repair (DIY) books and various ecology books.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are looking at some of the big problems in today's agriculture and tackling them through a systemized approach. By growing heritage breeds, establishing proper education on site for the local farmers, PROPERLY rotating cattle, and creating safe zones for species to pass through the farm, we are looking to create a better future for all.
We have already established the ideas behind how we are going to do it, now we need funding in order to see the fruits of our labor grow.

-Create a library,
-educate the local public on better animal rotations and heritage breeds, show how our methodologies help out against drought, bring to light some of our selected cattle feed and show the benefits of using these techniques.
-create a bigger "textbook" related to fertilizers, pesticides, animal feeds, "medicines",
-run a permaculture design course (PDC) on the farm with Naalum Permaculture
-bring Regenerativa.arq to teach the locals about construction with Guadua (bamboo) adobe (mud and straw) and local materials.
-Connect with a cafe in Medellin to also host workshops with scholarships for certain people.
-Create "safe zones" on the farm for animal passages and trails for people to walk through.
-bring some of these "teachers" to the states on a tour, and to certain farms.
-Establish a "meeting of the minds" where every 2 weeks we come together and talk about projects that can help humanity.

-We currently work for other peoples farms, the goal plan is to purchase our own within due time to guarantee that the work we do stays. This means conservation plots, rotational plantings, and the education that we give the local farmers.

- One of the farms is Niko's uncles, where they manage anywhere from 200-400 head of cattle. The relationship between Niko and the current farmer is very well, considering he has been going to the farm for the past 5 years for extended periods of times.

-Our Green Bee google drive which has LOADS (5gb) worth of data relate to agriculture.

-Numerous papers written regarding soil tests, companion and cover plants, cattle grazing and more.

-2nd Place in the Vermont "Headies" for our Hemp flower when we ran over 4000 Hemp plants using organic systems.

-We have various connections all throughout the world including laboratory owners, Touring permaculture education specialists, Large scale fungiculturalists, Mycologists, DJ's (for spreading our message), Bioconstructors, and more

-We have built a 150-page document outlining better methodologies for raising beef cattle (including selection, fertility, hormonal gland function, disease&pest management, pasture basics, watering basics, how to lay your poles, how to read manure, supplements, and more)

-We have assembled over 50 pages worth of data on fertilizers

-We have successfully grown 4000 hemp plants (with only 2 "full-time employees" and about 5 part-time) using organic methods, placing second(out of 15+ of the best growers in Vermont) for our hemp flower in the Vermont "Headies"

-We have raised over 400 head of cattle

-a paper on Soil tests, writing a "how-to" and understanding mineral content in the soil.

-We have various connections all throughout the world including laboratory owners, Touring permaculture education specialists, Large scale fungiculturalists, Mycologists, DJ's (for spreading our message), Bioconstructors, and more

Financials

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Green Bee Farms Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

President Niko Uman

GREEN BEE FARMS INC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data