Bee Downtown’s turn key program provides all the care and maintenance a beehive needs to succeed in a city.
Honey bees have quietly provided us with a world capable of sustaining life for thousands of years without ever asking for anything in return. Because of our actions, and resulting comfortable inactions, the bees are now fighting for their lives. It is time we work together, collectively, to save our most precious pollinators.
By sponsoring one of our hives, your business will join all the other companies throughout Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill that have already decided to lead the way in rebuilding healthy honey bee populations in their cities. As we begin the process of expanding to new cities around the world, your company, paired with our existing partners, will be known as one of the founding partners behind the movement.
Bee Downtown sponsored hives allow businesses to play a direct role in stabilizing honey bee populations. Our carefully crafted program ensures expert maintenance of hives throughout the year while simultaneously placing your company’s logo in one of the most highly trafficked areas of your city through our partnerships with landmark locations where the hives are on display.
Bee Downtown has two forms of sponsorship. Firstly, we offer a range of sponsorship levels for businesses to have the opportunity to sponsor hives at landmark locations across North Carolina. Secondly, we offer sponsorships for businesses to install hives at their personal office locations as well. To learn more about our sponsorship levels please reach out via our contact us page!
All hives are delivered to their locations the second week of April, along with all of the necessary equipment to ensure the hives success, a colony of honey bees, and an informal class for employees to watch and learn from the beekeepers during the installation.
A portion of the honey produced by your hive is yours to keep. Think of it as a “sweet treat” from the bees! We collect and extract the honey from your hive and store it in food grade buckets. You have the choice of bottling the honey yourself or, for a small fee, Bee Downtown will bottle and label your honey.
In the spring through the fall you can expect to see your beekeeper working the hives every two weeks. In the winter, while the bees are inactive, our beekeepers will visit hives once a month.
The Bee Downtown program is special because we do more than routine maintenance on the bees. We invite your business to become part of the larger change we are creating throughout the community. By sponsoring hives, your company provides a place for schools to visit, a local tourist attraction, educational events throughout the year for the community, and more, all through the simple sponsorship of a hive.
While we will do everything in our power to keep your hive strong and healthy, there are times when a hive is unsuccessful. If this should happen we will replace your colony of bees, free of charge, at the earliest bees are available.
*Please note in the first year a hive will not produce enough honey for us to take from the bees, but by the second year a hive in the city can produce about 40 pounds of honey in a season.