There is something very special about watching honey bees coming and going from hives in your own garden. Keeping bees is hard work and particularly challenging on Salt Spring Island. Hosting hives can let you have that experience without having to worry about all the details.
How it works
For a monthly cost of $30 per hive you can have the enjoyment of professionally managed bees in your garden without any of the hard work. A minimum of two hives is required. Additional hives can be had for $20 per month each.
When you host a hive on your property you are doing your part to help pollinate Salt Spring Island in a time of decreasing numbers of pollinators worldwide. You might also be pleased to learn that 10% of the money you spend goes directly to helping others. Specifically, Hives for Haiti, which is a small, practical aid program to teach women in Haiti how to build a better life for themselves and their families through beekeeping training and support.
If you are interested in pollinating your orchard or garden, then Host a Hive might be a good fit for you. Home gardens and orchards should be well pollinated with two or three hives but if you have a commercial crop or orchard and need a larger number of hives please contact me to discuss a pollination contract.
Not every location is suitable
About two thirds of Salt Spring Island is heavily forested with coniferous trees. These areas do not have enough nectar and pollen sources to support honey bee hives even in small numbers. Other things to consider is having enough sun exposure, and having access by road or driveway. If you are interested in hosting a hive contact me directly and I would be happy to discuss your location.