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New Farm Winery To Open In Hopewell
July 20, 2018

According to Governor Ralph Northam’s Office, Haley’s Honey Meadery, LLC, a producer of honey wine, is opening a new farm winery licensed facility in downtown Hopewell, Virginia. Over the next three years the project will bring an additional $85,000 in new investment to a renovated historic commercial building. The company has also committed to purchase almost $120,000 in Virginia-sourced honey.

As an incentive, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services worked with the City of Hopewell Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Haley’s Honey Meadery to secure this project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $12,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID), which Hopewell will match with local funds.

“We are very excited to receive these grant funds from the AFID program. This money will make it possible for us to expand our honey business by launching a micro-meadery in Hopewell. We will be able to revitalize a building for production, add a patio, and a retail space,” said Tonya and Mike Haley, owners of Haley’s Honey Meadery.

“Our passion is to support local farmers and educate people about beekeeping. Our goal is merge the old and new ways of beekeeping and reintroduce mead to the public by crafting it in small batches using Virginia products. We are going to educate people on the history of the oldest fermented drink and through this, continue our efforts to inform the public about the importance of the honeybee and their plight,” they added.

“The decision by Haley’s Honey Meadery to locate in downtown Hopewell, along with their commitment to source 100 percent of their ingredients from Virginia growers, demonstrates the impact that the agricultural sector can have on urban areas of our Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam.

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