Have you ever wished that you could become more involved in the exciting world of beekeeping, yet feel unsure about the responsibilities and commitment?
Our BeeKind ShareHive program was created for all people to enjoy unique, local, unpasteurized, raw honey from the wide variety of nectar drawn from the variety of plant life in the gardens, fields, and wildflowers found here in our community and area.
The BeeKind ShareHive program allows you to participate in the beekeeping season without being responsible for any of the ongoing seasonal management.
We also encourage you to schedule time at our educational yard to experience an introduction to basic beekeeping session that includes exploring the inside of your share hive, seeing the fascinating world of honey bees first hand.
How to participate
During the first year, your investment covers hive set up (assembly of equipment), installation of a starter colony, maintenance and management fees (including feeding, nutrition, and integrated pest management), being informed monthly as to the development and activity of the hive (by newsletter), and a respective size share of the annual harvest from the BeeKind Share Hive.
Becoming a member is so easy anyone can participate (as an individual, couple, family, or business).
You simply choose a Quarter, Half, or Full, BeeKind Share. This is also a great option for someone considering getting into beekeeping and managing your own hive to learn what happens each month, without the responsibility of purchasing, assembling, protecting, installing, and housing space for a new beehive, and all the seasonal management of a managed honey bee colony.
Each year you can increase or decrease your share for the following year. You can join anytime throughout the year leading up to honey harvest. However the earlier you participate, the more involved you will be in the notification, development and activity of the BeeKind Share hive.
In addition, if you’re interested, we invite you to schedule time at our educational bee yard for an introductory session to beekeeping, and to see first hand how your BeeKind Share Hive is performing.
If you are a land/ property owner interested in hosting a bee yard, we invite you to explore our Land Share Page, and/ or Contact Us for more information.
In the First Year, all equipment is purchased new and must be built and painted (or wax dipped), so the initial cost is higher. A nucleus colony is installed (typically during the last week of May) with enough time to build up and become established for it's first winter.
All years, require ongoing maintenance from supplemental feeding and nutrition (pollen) to give them a boost when natural sources are less available (dearth periods) to integrated pest management treatments, population control to manage swarming impulses, and seasonal preparations to ensure they are healthy, happy, and well managed.
In the Subsequent years the overall cost of local, unpasteurized, raw honey is considerably cheaper than the first year, and typically produces more as a mature hive with drawn comb foundation, and an established overwintered colony vs. one initially started in late May. The advantage of coming through winter, having April and May to build up is significant. This is where you can see some additional value for your BeeKind Share investment through a greater annual subsequent year harvest yield.
Depending on the level of your share (Quarter, Half, or Full), you can always expect a minimum share of raw honey during fall harvest for your investment.
We often get a lot of questions about how our ShareHive program works. If there's anything we can help you with, or any questions we can answer, please let us know, by connecting with us.