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. Build your Bee Tree Hive(s)* and set it up on your property.
  3. Purchase and install the honey bee colony(ies).
  4. Monitor the honey bees throughout the nectar flow 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 their 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 opt for.

Pricing for a First-Year Client:

  • $590 set-up fee for the first two items listed above for the first hive (due upon signing of contract).
  • $540 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 (the bees) for each hive (due on January 1st).
  • $29/month fee for the last four items listed above for each hive (monthly payments begin Feb 1st).  Note: after payment of the 12 monthly monitoring fees the hive equipment and bees become yours.

Pricing for a Subsequent-Year Client That Already Has a Bee Tree Hive(s):

  • $540 set-up fee for each hive the client wants to add (due upon signing of contract).
  • $235 fee for each colony (new or potential replacement) the client desires (due on January 1st).
  • $29/month fee for the last four items listed above for each hive (monthly payments begin Feb 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.

*This is for a pine version of the Bee Tree Hive that includes an insulate, ventilated, hygroscopic base; two hive bodies: double-thick side walls on the hive bodies, an insulated-ventilated inner cover, and an outer cover.  Bee Tree 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 are superintending as they manage their symbiotic relationships with the thousands of other organisms that share the hive with them.

Here’s an excellent article, written by a well-known 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.


 

 

 

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