Host a Hive
Hive hosts are at the center of the work we do - and our favorite part! Without you and your neighbors, we couldn't provide neighborhood honey or help our local bee population.
A hive host provides space for at least two hives in their backyard, which we tend, and in return receives a credit in our store (for honey or candles) and the knowledge that they’re helping the bees and pollinating their neighborhood. We do all of the required maintenance, harvesting, etc., so the host can simply enjoy the bees.
Residential hosting cost: $500/year
Residential hosting benefits: Invitation to annual harvest party; $100 of Rainy Day Bees honey and candles (host's choice); 10% discount on all honey and candle ordersSeparate from our residential hosts, we are also looking for three new partner farms. If you have a farm within roughly an hour of the city and are interested in having an apiary run by Rainy Day Bees, please contact us so we can talk about details.
Interested in being a hive host? Read the details below and then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have space to devote to 2+ hives? We recommend a minimum of a 6x12 foot area with very low to no daily pedestrian traffic. The hives themselves will take up roughly 2x2 feet each (plus a little space for Peter to work), and it is best to give the bees a 10 foot "runway" in front of the hives to reach cruising altitude above people's heads. If you don't quite have that space, there are ways to reduce the space in front of the hive and still get the bees flying above head level if necessary.
Does the location get at least half day sun? In and around Seattle, honey bees like as much heat/sun as they can get, because it allows them to start foraging earlier, and stay out later. Sunlight and heat also help prevent diseases. Less than half-day sun isn't a total deal breaker, but the more sun we can get the bees, the better it is for everyone.
Is the location easily accessible without having to pass through any building, and in all seasons? Beehives take regular maintenance and we want to be able to service them without disturbing you or your family.
- Are you or any of your family known to be allergic? Honey bees don’t like to sting, and severe honey bee allergies are actually relatively rare (normal localized swelling around the site of a sting is not an allergy). Still, if you or your family are allergic to honey bees, you are probably not a good candidate for being a hive host unless you have a very large property where the bees can be placed in a completely unused area.
If you are interested in being a Hive Host, please email us and we’ll get back to you to talk about the possibilities. We ask for all hive hosts to make a one year commitment to hosting, with the understanding that circumstances (e.g. allergic reaction, neighbor relations, etc.) may require the removal of the bees from the host site prior to the end of the year.
”I just love watching the bees! They are so calming.” - Rainy Day Bees Hive Host