“If the honey bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.” ~ Albert Einstein
Beekeeping is an ancient craft.
At Green Sanctuary Community Apiary my primary mission is to provide healthy habitat for honey bees.
My approach to teaching the craft of
beekeeping is non-invasive and natural, letting the bees lead the way in our interactions, leaving our honey bees to do what honey bees have done in our world for 27 million years.
In our community apiary, beekeepers are called Hive Stewards -- so are our community partners who support the apiary behind the scenes.
Have you felt curious about becoming a beekeeper? But it is practical to keep bees at you residence. Sponsoring a beehive in our apiary may be a great first step for you!
A Hive to Call Your Own Sponsor
Pick your Langstroth hive color; we assemble the hive, paint it, set it up and install the bees. Name your colony queen; view online photos and video of your colony through the year; 5 lbs of honey once your colony begins producing; access to our online beekeeping program -- to enjoy yourself or share as a gift.
You own the hive; we care for it in our apiary. You make it possible for a novice to become an experienced beekeeper. Your sponsorship subsidizes our $5 per child field studies classes.
Our honey bees are in trouble. Winter losses in the U.S. are consistently between 30- 50%!
There are many reasons for these substantial losses but honey bees are an indicator species -- honey bees are warning us that our farm land, parks, and gardens are highly toxic environments loaded with poisons we can't see, smell or taste but which honey bees pick up when fly out and about. These poisons end up in our honey bee colonies, making the hives unable to thrive or survive.
A well-maintained apiary supported by a group of committed beekeepers and caring individuals is key to conserving
honey bees in the U.S.
Each hive set-up costs about $500. Maintenance of a colony costs about $100 a year as equipment is added or replaced.
Apiary expenses include the cost of replacing bees when a colony doesn't make it through the winter.
Hive Maintenance Sponsor
Name a queen bee! View online photos and video of our colonies through the year; a 2 lb share of honey; access to our online beekeeping program to enjoy yourself or to share as a gift.
Your sponsorship helps with equipment and supplies costs. Your sponsorship subsidizes our $5 per child field studies classes.
In addition to being part of important conservation efforts, another benefit of supporting our community apiary is our honey share.
After taking our beekeeping class, students sign up to help with tasks associated caring for our colonies. In return for volunteer time, Hive Stewards receive a share of our harvest of pure, raw, local honey.
Our honey contains micro-
grains of pollen and no
additives. You can't say that about honey you buy in the supermarket!
Want to share some honey with us? Supporting our work from wherever you are is as important as being a volunteer in our apiary. Your support is a major contribution to honey bee conservation efforts.
Sugar Daddy/Mama Sponsor
View online photos and video of our colonies through the year; a 1 lb share of honey; access to our on online beekeeping program to enjoy yourself or to share as a gift.
Your sponsorship supports supplies for supplemental feeding; chamomile tea bags, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, organic essential oils, and bee vitamins! Your sponsorship subsidizes our $5 per child field studies classes.