WANT TO HELP SAVE THE BEES?
Start by Hosting a Hive in 2018
Have you heard that the honeybees are in danger and you want to help? Hosting a hive is the perfect way!
In the Spring we rescue honeybees throughout the city, start new colonies from packages and even split existing hives in hopes to grow their population. When you Host a Hive, you learn all about honeybees in our beginner beekeeping class in the Spring. The hosting fees will help cover the cost of equipment that is needed for these colonies to survive. As we go through the season we will keep you up to date on their progress through our Host A Hive blog. Then at the end of the 7 months, we will give you 10 lbs of honey with custom labels as our way of saying thank you.
- When are the classes? Classes will begin in March and go throughout Spring. We offer classes for individuals, field trips, scouts, families, etc. We can make arrangements for classes so please contact us before hand.
- Do we get to customize the hive? YES! This is our favorite part! We encourage you to custom paint these hives and name them. We believe that naming them makes them stronger ... and gives our apiary so much personality.
- Where does the hive stay? The hive lives in the Gaiser Urban Farm apiary at 3402 Kleeman Road.
- Who maintains the hive? Cory and Krystle Gaiser will be your hives keepers.
- Do I have to do anything to the hive? Nothing at all but you are welcome to visit during inspections.
- What if I want it at my house? Unfortunately we no longer do this. For the health of the bees we keep them in our apiary to keep a close eye on them.
- Do we get honey and is it from your hive? YES! The sweet reward of hosting is 10 lbs of honey in October in the form of 10/ 1 lb plastic bottles. These will come with custom labels with your family/group/school name on them. This honey could come from your hive but depends on their population. We want them to have the best chances of survival over winter so if they don't have extra we will provide you honey from a strong colony in our apiary.
- When does hosting start? Hosting begins April 1st and Ends October 31.
Hosting a hive is a great way to help the earth and increase the honey bee population in our community while learning all about honey bees. It also helps increase pollinators while doing your part to save the bees and mother nature!
How It Works
- Decide that you are ready to help our community!
- Fill out the host form below.
- Let us contact you and answer any questions you have.
- Pay a deposit to secure your position for the upcoming season.
- Book your class.
- Watch your bees grow!!
HOST A HIVE
2018 Sign up
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Take our introduction to beekeeping class and customize your own 10 frame Langstroth hive. Naming and painting the hive will make your honey taste even sweeter. Your hive stays in our apiary.
The 7 month commitment, beginning in April and ending in October, costs $35/month paid annually or $37/month by month.
Honey hosting helps increase the bee population, by doing so the bees will reward you with some sweet honey at the end of the season to say "thank you."
- Educational Beekeeping class
- Customize and name a hive
- We will extract and bottle your honey
- Custom labels made for your honey
- We maintain the hive and keep full ownership
- 7 month commitment
- You receive honey when it is harvested in the fall* 10 lbs. in the form of 10/ 1 lb plastic jars
*In the event that your hive does not do well, you will receive 10 lbs of honey from one of our other hives.
- Keeping honey bees will provide a big boost in pollination for your garden, local fruit trees and flowers.
- The queens abdomen is typically twice as long a the average worker bee with the life span of up to 5 years.
- Honey bees are a very docile insects and are unlikely to sting when left alone.
- Honey bees produce wax from their abdomen.
- A strong established hive can produce an average of 50-100 lbs. in a season.