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Purchase Hives

By purchasing a Bee Downtown beehive, your company will join the movement save the honey bee and help ensure the future of agriculture and sustainability for generations to come.

Bee the Change

We have begun the process of selling hives for our Spring 2017 installations. We install a limited number of hives each year to ensure every hive is given the care and attention it deserves.

Spots for 2017 hives are filling up fast so if your company is interested please contact us as soon as possible! Fill out the form below to get a quote!

We look forward to having you join the Bee Team!

 

—Bee Downtown

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PURCHASE HIVE FAQ

  1. How much space does a company need for a beehive or an apiary (group of hives)?

    Beehives do not require a large amount of space to thrive. The hive simply needs the space to place the equipment (2 ft.x 3 ft.) and enough room for the beekeeper to work the hive around it. This applies to multiple hives in an apiary as well.

  2. How many hives should a company start with?

    The amount of hives a company would like to start with is completely up to them, but we recommend each apiary have at least two hives. This increases the rate at which each hive grows and helps ensure their success each year.

  3. Why should a company purchase hives from Bee Downtown?

    Bee Downtown is committed to growing healthy honeybee populations as well as educating the public on our precious pollinators. Our company has built its reputation on excellence and expert maintenance of all the hives in our care. The Bee Downtown program is unlike anything else the market has to offer.

  4. Does a company need to plant a garden before they purchase hives?

    Honey Bees can travel up to 3 miles to find forage! Gardens are certainly not required to have hives, but the addition of a pollinator garden is a great way to offer bees food year-round.

  5. What plants offer bees food year-round?

    There are many resources with more detailed information but to scratch the surface, Wild White Indigo, Butterfly Milkweed, Black Eyed Susan, Narrowleaf Mountain Mint, Goldenrod, Aster, are all great pollinator friendly plants!

  6. When does a company receive honey from their hive(s)?

    We want to ensure that a hive has the opportunity to build a healthy, strong population before we take honey. Year one we let the hive grow to prepare for the following winter. In year two, we deliver the first harvest of locally produced honey to each company with hives.

  7. How much honey does a hive produce?

    As with all things related to agriculture, the amount of honey a hive produces each year depends on Mother Nature. Normally a hive in the city can produce around 40 lbs. No matter how much a hive produces, all of the honey from a company’s hive is theirs to keep!

  8. What do companies do with the honey?

    Each company chooses different ways to use their honey. Giving it away to employees, using it in their restaurants, offering it in holiday gift baskets, or placing it in the break room are all ways the honey is used by existing companies.

  9. What is offered in a hive package with Bee Downtown?

    The package includes a custom painted hive including the bees, the honey produced in the second year, employee tours of the apiary, seasonal hive updates and much more!

  10. How often does Bee Downtown come to maintain the hives?

    Beekeeping is very dependent on the season. During the spring and summer we will visit the hive weekly/biweekly, and during the winter we will visit each hive once a month.

  11. What kind of impact will an apiary make on the environment?

    With each hive purchased over 50,000 bees will be added to your company’s property! This addition of healthy bees will increase pollination in the area and will help rebuild a healthy ecosystem. Also, a portion of profits each year are given to the Bee Downtown non-profit organization which allows us to go to schools to educate children about the importance of pollinators and agriculture.

  12. How does a company know where to place their hives?

    Before we install hives at a company we will schedule a site visit to walk the property and discuss where the bees would be best located.

  13. What area do you service?

    Currently we service companies in the Triangle which includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Keep your eyes out for our upcoming expansion!

  14. Why is there a minimum term to your contract?

    We offer a minimum two year contract to ensure the companies that purchase our hives are dedicated to helping create lasting change in regards to the issue of honey bee decline. We do not want to have hives displaced just a short time after being installed at their intended location.

  15. What if the company has a question about their bees or would like to contact Bee Downtown to set up an employee building day?

    The business will have the contact information of their personal beekeeper who can answer any questions and schedule employee tour dates.

  16. What about employee safety?

    Unlike wasps and yellow jackets, honey bees usually only sting as a last resort because they actually die in the process. We strategically position each hive to avoid bees flying across frequently used areas. While the bees are our foraging, they are quite docile insects.