Wondering what it’s like to keep bees but don’t have the expertise, equipment or time? Host a honey bee hive for us instead.

Hive hosting lets you experience what it’s like to keep bees without all the work or having to open a hive. All you need to do is provide a bee safe location, free of pesticides and we’ll provide the bees and everything they need. The bees and equipment remain ours but in return you’ll reap the benefits of pollination without the training and hassle of opening a hive full of bees. Once the colony produces more honey than the bees need, we’ll extract the extra honey and share two pounds of raw treatment free honey with you per hive. If your hive fails or does not make any extra honey that year (which sometimes happens) you will receive two jars of honey from one of the other hives in our program. If you love local honey, you can’t get honey any closer than your own backyard!

Hosting a hive is a great way to help increase the honeybee population in your local area. Honeybees are struggling in modern society due to pesticides, mono crops, diseases and pests. By hosting a honeybee hive in your own backyard, you can do your part to help save the honey bees one colony at a time.

Honeybees need excellent sources of pollen and nectar, that are free of pesticides, to stay healthy and thrive. If you have an organic farm, a pesticide-free large yard or garden, an area full of fruit trees or native flowering plants, a flat roof with flowering vegetation nearby, you have the perfect home for honeybees. By providing a honeybee colony with a safe location you will soon reap the benefits of higher produce yields, more abundant flowers, and you will be doing your part to help save the honeybees one colony at a time.

Here are a couple of considerations:

1. One thing that many have found is that bees do not really like lawn mowers or trimmers (more than likely the vibrations and gas fumes) and will let the operators of such know that they are not welcome. I can mow to within about 10' of my hives at the house without a problem.

2. Flight Path: The bees do not generally cause problems if you walk in the yard, but you should not walk directly in front of the hive. Bees can be clumsy and they will sometimes bump into you. This will generally not cause them to sting, but it can be startling.  The best option is to find a way to position the hive where they will fly across the back of your lot and still let you be able to watch them (hours of fun, seriously).

3. Yard treatments: Actually there are a number of treatments that are safe for bees whenever applied, and a few others that are safe if they are applied in the evening after the bees are in for the night. Once the material is dry, it generally does not cause a problem. This link can be used to review what you or your lawn care pro can apply.

If this sounds like something that you are interested in, click here for more information on pricing and details.