Adopt a Hive / Adopt and Name a Bee
With this option you will have roughly 60,000 new friends. Your adopt a hive donation will help support a hive at Funny Farm Apiaries for one season. Your adoption directly helps support and sustain healthy bee colonies that are vital to pollination and the ecology. It will go toward purchasing hives, bees, equipment, and organic treatments to help save the bees, battle varroa and tracheal mites as well as other disease affecting the honeybees. For more information concerning equipment visit "The Hive".
Adopting is perfect for anyone interested in beekeeping but not able to have hives due to the expense, limited space or time. Adoptions can be purchased for yourself or as a gift for family or friends. They make great wedding, birthday, or Mother's or Father's Day gifts. Each donation is for one year only.
Hive Adoption Packages
One share (1/12th) = $45 + S&H* = One (1-16 oz.) jar of honey+ & a certificate of adoption.
A quarter hive = $130 + S&H* = Three (3-16 oz.) jars of honey+ & a certificate of adoption.
A half hive = $260 + S&H* = Six (6-16oz.) jars of honey+ & a certificate of adoption.
The whole hive = $530 + S&H* = Twelve (12-16 oz.) jars of honey+ & a certificate of adoption.
*US Shipping Only
Can't adopt a hive, how about adopt and name a bee? Bees are wonderful creatures performing a vital role in our ecology.
Adopt & Name a Bee
Drone = $5.00**
Worker = $10.00**
Queen = $20.00**
** You will receive a certificate of adoption.
Sponsor a New Beekeeper
Beekeeping is an expensive pastime and new beekeepers find it hard to get started due to the cost. Your donation will help a new beekeeper purchase the equipment and tools they need to get started. It is so important to get more people involved in this quest to save the bees.
Other Ways You Can Help
Stop using chemicals in your garden and on your yard! Pesticides, insecticides and weed killer are powerful and persistent and kill bees and other beneficial insects. Consider biological and organic controls like ladybugs or praying mantis! Grow Native! Grow plants native to your region. Select plants that produce a lot of nectar and pollen. Ask your local garden supply shop for details.
Buy organic! Some seeds contain clothianidin and other systemic insecticides that kill bees and other insects. Read the labels and if in doubt don't buy them. Organic seeds cost only pennies more than conventional. One reputable company we like to use is Bakers Creek Rare Seeds. Some commercial compost contains imidacloprid, a very deadly insecticide. This chemical gets into the soil and water thereby absorbed by plants, ingested by people, bees, and butterflies. Go organic as much as you can.