Wondering what it’s like to keep bees but don’t have the expertise, equipment or time? Host a honey bee hive instead. Hive hosting is easy and FUN!! Back Forty Bees supplies and manages honey bees for homeowners, community gardens, restaurants, parks, and others in Hampton Roads. We are currently placing hives in James City County, Williamsburg, and York County. If you are an agricultural organization interested in pollination services please complete the form and note this in the comments section. Sign up to host honey bees here!
Hive hosting lets you experience what it’s like to keep bees without all the work! All you need to do is provide a bee safe location, free of pesticides, and we’ll provide the bees and everything they need. The bees and equipment remain ours but in return you’ll reap all the benefits without the training and hassle of opening a hive full of bees. To get started in beekeeping most people spend $1,000 to $1,500 – by hosting you get all the advantages of beekeeping without the investment of time and money that owning hives can require!
Customize your hive!If you want your hive to have a unique look we can work with you! We will provide the three bottom boxes (brood nest) of the hive, primed, and ready for you to paint! We’ll need to approve your paint to make sure it is safe, but after that you are free to be as creative as you’d like! We do ask that all designs are tasteful.
What do you get?
Two to four hives – of honey bees on your property
Busy bees – Bees working year round in your yard, pollinating your plants when they need it
Honey – Two pounds of honey per hive, delivered in the fall
Education – Informal educational opportunities from an experienced beekeeper and the satisfaction of observing honey bees in your own yard.
Kept bees – The bees will be serviced on a regular basis by an experienced beekeeper (about 10 or 12 times a year).
Emergency response – If needed, we’ll be there to help. Don’t worry, it does not happen often!
Awesomeness – You are now a hero by helping to save the honey bees – congratulations!
How does it work?
Site Visit – We’ll come by and help you select the best location for your hive
Bee Delivery – The bees will be delivered on an agreed upon date in late April or early May. We can place a smaller number of hives later in the summer.
Give them something to drink – You will need to provide a nearby water source – a bird bath, small pond, kiddie pool, or anything similar is fine
Enjoy – You can now spend endless hours watching your bees busily pollinating your garden!
Hive Hosting Costs
For two hives: $350. This covers the rental costs of the bees and the wooden hives, tools, time, and insurance. Please note: two hives is the minimum hosting set-up, $350 covers both hives.
For three or four hives: $525 (three hives) or $650 (four hives). Note: four hives is the maximum we provide for residential sites.