Sponsor a Beehive America!

We believe the only chance the honeybee has of having any future at all is to encourage and support the distribution and implementation of bee colonies in remote areas that are isolated from agricultural pesticide spraying.

Your sponsorship will go toward setting up bee colonies in areas of the United States that are isolated from agricultural pesticide sprays, such as in the Rocky Mountains where the terrain does not permit farming or crop dusting.

We educate and establish participants of our program in the best ways to set up and maintain honeybee hives in organic conditions.

Worker Bee Sponsorship: $35 a year.

- 1 pint of organic honey per year.
- The annual newsletter on your hive, where it is located and how they are doing.
- "I'm part of a colony" coffee mug

Drone Bee Sponsorship: $75 a year

- 1 quart of organic honey per year - one quart sent every 6 months.
- A yearly newsletter on your hive, where it is located and how they are doing.
-"I'm part of a colony" coffee mug

Queen Bee Sponsorship: $99.00 per year.

- 2 quarts of organic honey per year - one quart sent every 4 months.
- A yearly newsletter on your hive, where it is located and how they are doing.
-"I'm part of a colony" coffee mug

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Bee My Honeybee Gift Sponsorship:

Non-processed honey has a taste that cannot be matched by any processed honey in the stores, and each hive has it's own unique taste, making a sponsored gift a special and very unique treat for anyone. We will send a special gift card to your recipient explaining their sponsorship gift. All jars of honey and other benefits will be sent directly to your recipient's mailing address. Choose your gift amount below. #GFT20141

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NEW! Bee Scarf.

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"I'm part of a colony" Coffee Mug
White only.

Every time you take a sip from your cup, bee reminded of how you are part of something bigger than yourself.#CCM-30151 $14.99 each

Large, strong cotton canvas shopping bags or totes.
19' x 15" x 3" wide on bottom.

Strong enough to fill to the top with groceries or books or anything else. Washable and saves tons of landfill waste and cutting down of trees. Printed on both sides. #CTote-22025

$19.99 each extra large.

 

 

Beeswax candles made in re-purposed glass jars.

Beeswax burns 3 times longer than other wax candles. Pure beeswax candles emit little (if any) smoke when they burn – keeping your home cleaner and more comfortable. Besides the smoke, these candles burn with little or no wax drip making them last longer. Recent studies suggest that burning beeswax candles can actually purify the air by releasing negative ions removing impurities from the air we breathe.
Paraffin wax (what conventional candles are made of) is derived from petroleum products and are harmful for asthmatics or anyone else to breath in. Soy candles are cleaner and healthier, but do not burn nearly as long as beeswax.

A 3x4 inch candle can burn for 90 hours.

Color may vary. Pure beeswax is white or yellow depending on how much pollen is in the wax. There is no added benefit to yellow beeswax candles and white beeswax burns with a more honey aroma than the yellow.

Jars may vary. Since we make our candles with recycled, repurposed jars, the style and size may vary.

Pure beeswax has a natural scent all its own that's very soothing and pleasing, so we make our candles unscented for now.

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See our Bird & Bat Sanctuary Project as well.

More About Our Honey Sponsorships:

• All the honey will be non-processed, raw, unfiltered and as organic as possible. It’s impossible to know for sure where the bees are getting all of their nectar from, but our sponsorship program only uses beekeepers who plant organic nectar sources on their property and are not located within a two mile radius of any farms or other sources that may spray chemicals. This would defeat the purpose of our program which is to re-establish healthy honeybee colonies and the only way to do that is to ensure they are as chemical-free as possible. However, given the nature of bees, the FDA does not allow most honey manufacturers to label their honey as organic because there is no definite way to prove that it is.

• You can visit your hive anytime by booking an appointment at least a month in advance.

• You can purchase additional honey at a discounted price. Organic honey typically sells for $15-$20 per quart, which is 2 lbs. As a sponsor you can purchase quart size jars of organic, raw, non-processed honey or honeycomb for $13.99 or pints (1.5 lbs) for $7.99 as long as your sponsorship is current. Although

Warning: Raw honey products should not be fed to infants under 2 years of age as a precaution.

• If you would like information and advice on setting up your own hive, harvesting and caring for your bees, good places to get equipment from and anything bee-related just contact us.

• To become a member of the Bee Cause program and be eligible for allowing others to sponsor your hives, also contact us. We will need to inspect your site and hives before granting you sponsorship status in our program.

"The Buzz" Newsletter.

Many people have the misconception that bees hibernate for the winter. They do not. On warm winter days, above about 45º, they come out to gather water, fly around a bit and relieve themselves. They only huddle together in the nucleus of the hive when it's very cold, but if they do not come out every once in a while, they will die.

Well, our bees made it through that wicked cold snap we had last week where it never got above zero for about 4-5 days. We built them a special insulating hut that goes completely over their original hive and keeps them nice and warm and dry during the worst cold spells. See the plans for making the bee hut in the January 2015 Green Circkles issue.
Last year, the Midwest suffered an exremely cold winter and many commercial beekeepers lost their hives. We wanted to make sure that did not happen to us and it took so little effort and money to make sure that it wouldn't with our bee hut, which we only use in extremely cold weather.

We've also been giving our new hives that are not yet fully established honey in a shallow dish to eat when the weather is warm enough and they come out of the hive. When the weather is below 40º they won't usually feed anyway because they are too busy trying to stay warm by huddling together in the nucleus of the hive. They also greatly appreciate the shallow dish of water we put just outside their hive. We will see many of the bees using the water dish, which we take in the house at night when it freezes and place outside the hive again whenever weather permits.

We and the bees are anxiously waiting for Spring's arrival so the new hive can take full advantage of the spring blossoms in the orchard which they missed out on their first year on the farm. Once the new hive goes through an entire year, the colony should be well established enough that we can start taking some of their honey for ourselves. We do not take any honey from a new hive the first year because we want to make sure they have enough to sustain the bees through the first cold winter since they were not able to take full advantage of the entire nectar flow from a full year, and because they are still building up their new colony.

About Bees:

For more advice on how to start beekeeping, see our article archives for articles we have written covering beekeeping.

June 2013: Backyard Beekeeping.

Did you know:

There are summer bees and winter bees?
Don't freak out if you lose about 20-30% of your bees when you get your first hard freeze or cold spell. The blood of winter bees is different than summer bees and they are also fatter, making them able to withstand winter cold better than summer bees. Your summer bees will die off in the fall. If you notice a lot of dead bees around the entrance of your hive in the fall or after a cold spell, just make sure there are still some bees inside that hive that are alive by listening to their humming sound or checking on them when a warmer day comes around. Just monitor your colony to make sure no more than about 20-30% of the bees die and that once the initial bunch dies off there are no more dying.

Worker Bees only live for about 6-8 weeks then die off?
The Queen bee can live up to 4-5 years, the Drones live for one season, the worker bees have the shortest lifespan, probably because they are "busy as a bee" for the entirity of their lives. Honeybees are constantly dying and being replenished in the hive, so the onlly time to really be concerned when you see dead bees in your hive is if they all die at once or continually die in significant numbers - more than a couple hundred at a time.

Give a cupful of love. The "Bee Mine Valentine" Cup.


Filled with honey candy for Valentines Dayis not just yummy for your Honey, it gives love by supporting organic bee colonies.

Your choice of hard organic honey candy or organic chocolate almond honey patties, or organic chocolate honey mint patties.#BVal-2055

$24.99 each

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