Hosting Bees

Urban Bee Company supplies and manages honey bees for homeowners, schools, community gardens, restaurants, and parks in Seattle. See what people are saying about their experience hosting hives.

We are now accepting applications to our 2017 Hive Hosting program. CLICK HERE for the application. Deadline: March 31, 2017 or until all spots are filled.

Backyard Host

What you get:

  • Two to four hives of honey bees on your property
  • Pollination for your garden (and neighborhood)
  • 12 five-ounce jars of honey per hive, delivered in time for the holidays. We separate harvests by location, and barring unusual hive issues will supply you with honey from your yard. These are a $108 retail value per hive, and are great for gift giving.
  • Informal educational opportunity from an experienced beekeeper, and the opportunity to observe honey bees right in your own yard.
  • Invitations to you (+1) to three open-houses at our own hives and shop, where you can gain hands-on experience inspecting hives, building woodenware, extracting or bottling honey. ($150 value).
  • Invitation to our annual, members-only harvest party at the end of the year.
  • Knowledge that you are supporting “community through the hive,” with our free classes to disadvantaged youth and other community education programming.

2017 rates:

  • For two hives: $525. This helps cover the costs (accounting for annual depletion) of the bees and the wooden hives; plus tools, time, and insurance. A portion also covers related costs for hives in community spaces and free classes for youth. Note: two hives is the minimum hosting set-up, $525 covers both hives.
  • For three or four hives: $725 (three hives) or $900 (four hives). Note: four hives is the maximum for Seattle City ordinance.
  • Payments in full upon execution of the agreement receive a 5% discount. We also accept quarterly payments.

Community Hive Sponsor

What you get:

  • Personal hive tour and inspection at one of our community apiaries.
  • Four pounds of honey, at the end of the summer. We can bottle this either in four 1# jars, or 12 smaller jars, perfect for gift giving.
  • Knowledge that you’re helping support our community education program, particularly among youth. Your contribution helps cover the operating fees of the community hives and nothing more: i.e. there’s no profit to these hives other than charitable and educational outcomes.
  • Invitations to you (+1) to three open-houses at our own hives and shop, where you can gain hands-on experience inspecting hives, building woodenware, extracting or bottling honey. ($150 value).
  • Invitation to our annual, members-only harvest party at the end of the year.
  • Knowledge that you are supporting “community through the hive,” with our free classes to disadvantaged youth and other community education programming.

2017 rates:

  • $525

Schools, Community Organizations, Farms and Restaurants

  • Hives: we operate honey bee hives to maximize beneficial impact to the surrounding ecology of flora and fauna (including humans!). We can also advise on appropriate habitats to support honey bees and wild bees.
  • Education: We can create a customized educational program to integrate with your curriculum or other goals.
  • Large-scale services: We seek partners in the Greater Seattle area who are interested in hosting bees and creating pollinator habitat.
  • Products: We love collaborations and would love to chat about collaborative ideas with products, ingredients, or the like. Please give us a call!

Notes

Timeline

Installations happen in April, and require a one-year hosting agreement. Billing is quarterly after 25% down; we also accept payments in full for a 5% discount.

Locations

  • 2017 requests: this year, we are adding locations in Ballard and NW Seattle, and also are interested in Fremont, Wallingford, and Queen Anne. We will also prioritize sites in Capitol Hill, Central District, Beacon Hill, and West Seattle.
  • Seattle: Please inquire no matter your location in Seattle. Through our Urban Bee Team, we manage hives in numerous neighborhoods throughout the city and depending on applications, may be able to add your qualified site.
  • South King County: We also operate in South King County, including Burien, White Center, and Sea-Tac. Please inquire.
  • Other regions: If you are an organic farm, please inquire. Otherwise, at this time we are not seeking locations outside those listed. We’re always interested in hearing from you though, as our future plans may change because of your inquiry.

Inquire Now

We are now accepting applications to our 2017 Hive Hosting program. CLICK HERE for the application. Deadline: March 31, 2017 or until all spots are filled.