Kline Creek Farm Honey-Processing Facility

Honey will be taken from the farm’s hives and processed in the new facility.

Overview

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is constructing a honey-processing facility at Kline Creek Farm, a 700-square-foot building which is to serve as the site of all of the farm’s honey-processing operations. The seamed-metal and wood-framed structure, with a concrete foundation, complements the existing award-winning Kline Creek Farm Visitor Center. Inside, a 500 square-foot preparation area for food and honey processing meets all county and state health codes. Three large windows allow visitors to view the processing. Outside, a gathering space allows for future programming at the site.

The Forest Preserve District will dedicate this new facility on November 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

History

Volunteer beekeepers have maintained bee hives and processed honey at Kline Creek Farm since 1984. The honey was processed at the former Glashagel home, which was located at the farm’s support area.  When the home was demolished in 2005, honey-processing operations were performed off-site. This honey was sold in the Visitor Center’s gift shop, located at the entrance to the farm.

The District began planning the construction of a new honey-processing facility in 2006. One of its main objectives was to make an educational support facility to allow visitors an opportunity to view the honey-extracting process and promote the role of bees in our food supply.

Funding for this project comes largely from private donations and yearly appropriated capital development funds. The District budgeted $300,000 for the design, construction and site improvements associated with the facility.

Status

Construction began in July and is anticipated to be complete by early November 2010.

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