How Hosting Works

Here’s how the Host a Honey Bee Hive program works:

What’s Included:

Services provided to client by the Artful Touch, inc. (Scott Sailors):

  1. Meet to consult on a location for the hive(s) on your property.
  2. Purchase/build/assemble, and set-up the hive equipment on your property.
  3. Purchase and install the honey bee colony(ies).
  4. Monitor the honey bees throughout the season for that calendar year.
  5. Send the client email newsletters detailing what they can be doing to improve the pollinator habitat on their property and live in harmony with their honey bees.
  6. Provide the client with photos of the bees, via email, as available.
  7. Make known to the client any additional services or equipment, outside the scope of this contract, that might be beneficial for the bees and that the client might want to purchase.

The Price:

Pricing for Basic Bee Tree hive (described at the bottom of this page):

  • $650 set-up fee for the first two items listed above for the first hive (due upon signing of contract).
  • $550 set-up fee for each additional hive, at the same location, and ordered at the same time (due upon signing of contract).
  • $235 fee for the third item listed above for each hive (due on March 1st).
  • $29/month fee for the last four items listed above for each hive (monthly payments begin March 1st).  Note: after payment of the 12 monthly monitoring fees the hive equipment and bees become yours.

Pricing for Better Bee Tree hive (described at the bottom of this page):

  • $750 set-up fee for the first two items listed above for the first hive (due upon signing of contract).
  • $650set-up fee for each additional hive, at the same location, and ordered at the same time (due upon signing of contract).
  • $235 fee for the third item listed above for each hive (due on March 1st).
  • $29/month fee for the last four items listed above for each hive (monthly payments begin March 1st).  Note: after payment of the 12 monthly monitoring fees the hive equipment and bees become yours.

Pricing for Premium Bee Tree Hive (described at the bottom of this page and as shown at http://www.BeeTreeHives.com):

  • $850 set-up fee for the first two items listed above for the first hive (due upon signing of contract).
  • $750set-up fee for each additional hive, at the same location, and ordered at the same time (due upon signing of contract).
  • $235 fee for the third item listed above for each hive (due on March 1st).
  • $29/month fee for the last four items listed above for each hive (monthly payments begin March 1st).  Note: after payment of the 12 monthly monitoring fees the hive equipment and bees become yours.

Note: The cost of this service is virtually the same amount that you would spend purchasing your own equipment and bees plus all of the beekeeping clothing, gear, tools, accessories, and training materials you would purchase if you were going to manage the bees yourself; and this doesn’t even include the substantial investment of time on your part.

Here’s an excellent article, written by a renowned beekeeper, about the actual costs of keeping bees yourself:

https://hostahoneybeehive.com/2017/04/29/why-hosting-is-the-best-choice/

Getting Started:

I will meet with you to discuss the details and confer on the viability of your property as a honey bee habitat and hosting location.  That consultation will be $65, payable when I arrive.  I will also answer all of your specific questions at that time.  (Expect the consultation to last approximately an hour.)  If you choose to host, that $65 will be deducted from the set-up fee.  To schedule your consultation, please phone me, Scott Sailors, at 719-239-1188.

NOTE:  I MUST ORDER YOUR BEES FROM SUPPLIERS MONTHS IN ADVANCE, otherwise the suppliers will already be sold out.  If you would like to host a hive, I must have your set-up fee in order to ensure your inclusion on the team.  THE NUMBER OF HIVES AVAILABLE TO HOST EACH YEAR IS VERY LIMITED.


The Hives:

The Premium Bee Tree Hive is exactly as described and shown at http://www.BeeTreeHives.com.  It includes all seven components and they are all made of western red cedar.  They are long-lasting and beautiful.  I build these myself in my shop here in Salida, Colorado.  They are designed to support bee-centered beekeeping, which is a growing global movement that starts with the premise that the bees know best what’s best for the bees, and puts the long-term health, welfare, and vitality of honey bees foremost.

Bee Tree Hives, especially the Premium hives, are designed to allow honey bees to live much more like they’re designed to live – like they do live in the wild – and gives them the control they need to better regulate the micro-climate of the hive, as well as the micro-ecology they’re superintending as they strive to live in symbiotic relationship with over 8,000 other known organisms inside the hive.

Purchasing the Premium hive gives your honey bee colony(ies) the very best chance of surviving and thriving in our valley.

The Better Bee Tree Hive still incorporates many of the functions of the Premium Bee Tree Hive, but it is made of pine, rather than cedar, and does not include the in-hive feeder, but does include the stand.  The biggest down-side is that the pine components do not have as thick of walls as the cedar components.  This does make a difference in our climate.

This is still a good choice as regards what’s in the best interest of the bees.

The Basic Bee Tree Hive  also still incorporates many of the functions of the Premium Bee Tree Hive, but it is made of pine, rather than cedar, and does not include the in-hive feeder or the stand.  The client will be required to provide two cement blocks on which to place the hive.  Note: FYI, cement blocks do not insulate the hive from the cold ground in the winter nearly as well as the stand does.

The Basic hive is still far, far better than giving the bees a conventional/commercial hive (commonly known as a Langstroth hive).

 

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