Host a Hive

Without you and your neighbors, we couldn't do this crazy thing we're doing. Hive hosts are the center of the work we do - and our favorite part!

A hive host lets us place at least two hives in their backyard, which we tend, and in return receives honey and/or candles and the knowledge that they’re helping the bees and pollinating their neighborhood.

Hosting Plans

Rainy Day Bees provides two hosting plans: Neighborhood Hosting and Individual Hosting.

Neighborhood hosts are grouped tightly together in one of our Target Neighborhoods, and are either new or have yards that have proven to be productive in previous years. Neighborhood hosts are not charged a hosting fee, because we are able to manage the hives efficiently, and the honey produced in these exceptional yards can pay for the beekeeper's labor.

2019 Target Neighborhoods include: Broadview, Pinehurst, Richmond Highlands and Ridgecrest. We are planning to add either Maple Leaf or Ravenna as a Target Neighborhood as well.

Neighborhood hosting cost: $0

Neighborhood hosting benefits: Invitation to annual harvest party; two pounds of honey (beekeeper's choice), or candles if preferred by host; 10% discount on all honey and candle orders

Individual hosts are those outside of our Target Neighborhoods, or hosts within those neighborhoods whose yards are not productive enough to pay for the beekeeper's labor and other expenses. Because these yards either take more time to manage because of travel or tend to produce low honey yields, we charge a hosting fee for Individual hosts.

Individual hosting cost: $500/year

Individual hosting benefits: Invitation to annual harvest party; $100 of Rainy Day Bees honey and candles (host's choice); annual guided honey bee experience; 10% discount on all honey and candle orders

We are also looking for three additional farms to partner with over the next few years. 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 peter@rainydaybees.com.

Hosting Requirements

  • 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. That being said, 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 for Neighborhood hosts, or quarter day sun for Individual hosts? 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. So the more sun, the better. 
  • Is the location easily accessible without having to pass through any building, and in all seasons?
  • 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 (localized swelling around the site of a sting is not an allergy. We all get that to varying extents). Still, if you or your family are allergic to honey bees, you’re 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 1 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.