All our hives have been adopted for the 2020 season. Please read-on for more information on our HONEY CSA program.
If you love the idea of doing your part for the environment and helping the honeybees, consider our Adopt-a-Hive program for 2021.
Enjoy the unique and fulfilling experience of adopting a hive of bees while making a real difference to the local pollinator populations without getting your hands sticky or getting stung ...
It's beekeeping with no "stings" attached
Adopting one of our working beehives allows you to make a very real and immediate difference to the environment. Honeybee populations are on the decline, and citizens like you can help to reverse that. Share the experience of adopting a beehive with your whole family, your business or even your friends and know you are making a difference by working together.
When you invest in our Adopt-a-Hive program you will be part owner of one of our hives for an entire season and be entitled to receive the following:
full creative rights to name your adopted hive and it’s queen - we encourage creativity, or choose one of our existing hives!
The Queen's name painted on the brood box
a personalised sign with your hive’s name to hang on the hive
an Adopt-a-Hive adoption certificate
an Adopt-a-Bee adoption package
75% of honey production from your hive during the PURCHASED season (delivered at end of season)
50% of the beeswax, pollen and/or propolis harvested (delivered at end of season)
half day beekeeping lesson on our property and fun extracting honey
periodic updates and photographs of your adopted hive and (a few) of your bees
20% off discount voucher for our online shop
Two packets of wild flower seeds to encourage bees to your garden
a large bag of our Honey Bee tea, and three samples to share with friends
knowing that you are helping re-establish pollinators and building up the honeybee populations in your area!
The quantities at harvest will vary upon hive production (which is dependent primarily on the weather - pray for sunshine!) and will be a minimum of 20 jars of honey. In an average year one hive will produce 50+ 250 gram jars of honey.
2018 - 15.2 kg (established hives)
2019 - 7.650 kg (new hives)
Honey will be available at the end of your adoption term. Along with all the goodies listed above you are invited to our property where you will be kitted up in a beekeeper’s suit and under careful guidance you will be given a lesson in basic beekeeping: spotting the queen, checking the health of the hive, lifting the combs, collecting the honey, examining the brood, and helping to extract the honey!
Our hope is that you will leave with a fuller understanding of beekeeping and (we sincerely wish) a desire to become a beekeeper yourself!
**There is a $50 non-refundable deposit. Adopt-a-hive is valid for one (1) beekeeping season (May -Oct). Investment covers weekly and monthly maintenance using only OMAFRA certified organic treatments, OBA annual registration (Ontario Beekeepers' Association), labour and jars. All honey is raw (not pasteurized) and lightly filtered. In case of hive failure you will receive an equivalent amount of honey from one of our other hives. Allergic to bees but still want to participate? Our beekeeping lessons can be done off-site, via video-conference or away from our hives. We’ll bring out all the bells and stops, but leave the bees at home.