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. 

Hosting Plans

Residential hosting cost: Currently under annual review. 2022 price will be posted as soon as the review is complete.

Residential hosting benefits: Invitation to annual harvest party; $100 credit for anything on our store; 10% discount on all honey and candle orders

Commercial hosting cost: bid by location

Have a commercial building where you want bees? We can place and manage hives for you. All contracts are customized and bid individually, based on the client's location and needs.

Farm hosting

Farm hosting is done as a direct land for pollination trade. Farm hosts provide us with a roughly 40x40 area for bee hives in exchange for increased pollination of their crops. The site must be accessible by truck in all seasons, and not in a flood plain. 1 gallon of honey will be provided in a jug for personal use. Additional honey can be purchased at a reduced price for your farm store/CSA if desired. We will custom bottle and label it for you.

Interested in being a hive host? Read the details below and then fill out our Hosting Application.

Hosting Requirements

  • Do you have space to devote to 2+ hives? We recommend a minimum of an 8x12 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 the beekeepers 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 get the bees flying above head level sooner 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 fill out our Application Form. 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