Host a Hive
Do you live in the Starkville, MS area and have an interest in having backyard beehives, but do not want to make the commitment of becoming a beekeeper? Are you interested in increasing the amount of pollinators you have in your yard, garden, or farm? Would you like to have access to deeply discounted honey and wax from your yard? Apply below to be a part of my "Host a Hive" program.
What are the Benefits?
Bee-centric management of bees on your property.
Pollination for your property and surrounding areas.
The gratitude in your heart you are providing a safe space for the great honey be who brings an abundance of food and flowers into our world
In times of plenty you will receive 50% off of any honey harvested. We want to make the joy and benefits of bees accessible to the community. The honey sales are how we sustain the project, pay for hives, supplies, gas, time, etc.
One complementary hive demonstration for you and up to four guests
Requirements to qualify
Must have a suitable space for bees to thrive. This can be determined by a free site visit. Only serious inquiries may apply.
Each location will have a different price range depending on how far or difficult it is to get to the bee yard. The immediate Starkville area will start out at $60/month for no less than two hives and an added $10 per month for each additional hive. This does not include travel time which will be added to the monthly pricing.
Contact me for a free estimate and please include your address.
By hosting a hive you do not gain ownership of the equipment or of the bees inside. If you already have your own bees and hives and would like us to manage them, contact me for pricing. The amount due will be drafted from your account monthly. If you are interested in purchasing a hive as well as bees, contact us and we can help you.
Please be aware that we are treatment free beekeepers. We will do everything in our power to keep the bees alive and healthy. They are more likely to survive in hives with thicker walls like the layens hives due to better insulation, less invasive inspections, and less frequent needs of intervention. Some colonies will not make it. This is part of the treatment free beekeeping process. Also be aware that Layens hives are not specifically for honey, but for better homes for the bees. Some years you may receive lots of excess honey, and some years you may receive very little.
All installations, maintenance, and harvests will be done by Dreaming the Bee Apiaries. Participants have first dibs on buying the honey harvest and approximately 50% off the retail price. Beekeeping takes a lot of knowledge, time, and money. We want to make the joy and benefits of bees accessible to the community. The honey sales are how we sustain the project, pay for hives, supplies, gas, time, etc.
We are currently accepting applicants from the Starkville, MS area.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH SPACE IS NEEDED FOR HOSTING A HIVE?
About a 10 foot radius around the hive will be sufficient. It is best to have them in an area that does not have a lot of traffic.
IS IT SAFE TO HOST A HIVE IF I HAVE PETS OR CHILDREN?
Yes and a great way to teach children about nature and food sources. We can work together to make special precautions about placement of hive in the presence of pets and children, and how to keep them at a safe distance.
HOW OFTEN WILL DREAMING THE BEE APIARIES BE CHECKING THE HIVES?
Anywhere from 4 - 8 times in the season, and this includes spring and summer harvests.
DO YOU TREAT OR MEDICATE YOUR BEES?
No, I do not believe in medicating or treating bees with chemicals
DO YOU FEED YOUR BEES ARTIFICIAL NECTAR?
No. We believe that sugar water is ultimately bad for the bees, and has some effect on the taste of honey.
WHAT IF AFTER HOSTING A HIVE I WANT TO START BEEKEEPING MYSELF?
Our Host a Hive program is a year long commitment, and is intended for those who don't want to manage their own hives but want the benefits of pollinators. The hive that is located in your yard will be moved to another Host a Hive home. Our hosting hives are not for sale, but we can help get you set up with a good company to order a hive for yourself.
CAN I BUY THE HIVE I HOSTED AND TAKE OVER MANAGEMENT OF IT?
Our hosting hives are not for sale, but we can help get you set up with a good company to order a hive for yourself.
I HAVE HEARD THAT BEE POPULATIONS ARE DWINDLING, WHAT IF THE HIVE I AM HOSTING DIES?
Death of a hive is not uncommon, and there are many factors that contribute to the death or weakening of a hive. If you are worried about this happening, a good option would be to host a 3rd or 4th hive in your yard if the conditions allow for it. This will give you a higher success rate with not only honey, but pollination as well.