Want Bees for 2013? Well, let’s make that happen then!

In 2011, Eliese Watson single handedly co-ordinated the Collaborative Purchase of Honeybees and Equipment, and this 2012 year we gathered up the troops and had over 15 beekeeping or soon to be beekeeper volunteers take a hand in making the program happen. And happen it did, with 74 new colonies of bees brought in to Calgary and area with 55 local beekeepers receiving bees and equipment. Running the program, we were able not only able to get people equipment at a discounted rate, but also locally made products from local city based suppliers!

Every year, an increased interest in urban beekeeping increases the demand for bees and responsible and careful selection of the homes the bees go to. Tthe Community Hive Collabortaive Purchase not only discerns these people in the application process, but also allows for beekeepers to come together and use their purchasing power to buy in bulk and connect with neighbours and mentors, building connections used throughout the summer months when the bees are out and about..  Although the bees are resting, it is time for us to start getting organized for the upcoming busy bee season, and make a plan to get bees in your yard!

WHY VOLUNTEER? Along with the perks of guaranteeing you the bees and equipment that you so desperately want, you will also join in with a great community of bee-lovers and have a lot of fun leading up to summer bee-months!

We are organizing a CHCP Volunteer Meeting #1 for September 20th from 7-9pm. Please RSVP at http://www.backyardbees.ca/courses/chvol

We look forward to meeting with you and solidifying a plan for the Community Hive Collaborative Purchase.

4 Comments
  • Charlie
    Posted at 02:27h, 29 August Reply

    Please contact me

  • colleen
    Posted at 04:17h, 24 October Reply

    Do you know when the collaborative meeting will be yet? I would like two collonies of bees.

    • bees4communities
      Posted at 14:45h, 24 October Reply

      hey colleen. The initial meeting is not about bees, it is about organizing the Community Hive Collaborative Purchase so that the months (November-May) run smoothly. I will email everyone when the public meeting is about how the program works, but the volunteer meeting coming up is about organization to make it happen, and to get on that email list you should go to http://www.backyardbees.ca/courses/chvol. I hope that answers your questions.

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