The idea works like this: we have excess bee hives for the amount of space we have. We look for alternatives in order to grow numbers without having to grow our own space. There are a number of ways to approach this Project.
You can sponsor a hive on your smallholding and reap a part of the honey that is harvested in return for the placement of the colony on your property. This way, your garden and neighbour's garden will be pollinated, you contribute to micro ecological diversity and enjoy raw honey in the process. There is no financial investment from your side. Just permission and respect of the placement of a bee colony on your property.
Secondly, you can opt to sponsor a hive financially. This way, you invest in the colony and reap the benefits of having a bee hive that belongs to you. Here the beekeeper will manage the hive on your behalf and a large percentage of the honey harvested is split between owner and beekeeper. The hive is always yours. You can become a hobbyist yourself and, in time and after participating in a beekeeping course, build your apiary into a part-time business.
If you would like more information, feel free to contact me.
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