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We connect people to nature,
community and themselves
and we do it through the bees.

I want to start beekeeping, what should I do?

Definitely take a course! Our partners at the Honey Bee Centre, Urban Bee Supplies and Bee School all hold great courses, and we will be holding our own courses in 2016. We also welcome you to come to our Open Workshop Series at the Hastings Urban Farm in July and August. Keep an eye on our calendar and social media for dates and times on these opportunities: FacebookTwitterInstagram. While you wait for your course, get reading! Visit the Bee Library and DTES Seed Library at VPL Carnegie for a selection of bee books and bee friendly seeds. And work on growing your community of beekeeper: sign up for your local bee club, come out to our workshops, and meet other beekeepers.

I’ve taken a course, where do I get bees?

You can get your equipment from a local bee supplier, ours is Lindsay at Urban Bee Supplies. And we sell healthy nucs (a nucleus colony of bees) in the spring.

I want to volunteer, how do I get involved?

The best way to volunteer is to come to the Hastings Urban Farm [58 W Hastings] and get your hands in the soil. In the spring and summer we offer opportunities on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-3pm (April – September) and in the fall and winter at Bee Space [580 Powell] on the last two Mondays of every month (October – March).

I’m interested in your Neighbourhood Honey Program, how do I host a hive in my backyard?

We keep bees in neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver, and we are often looking to add on to existing routes, or even create new routes. We ask hosts to take 2 hives, and we ask $150 for the service. You can read more about this program here, and if you are interested, contact us with your address for more information.

Where can I buy your honey and other hive products?

Check out this list of locations  to learn where in your ‘hood you can support us through our delicious and unique, small-batch extracted, neighbourhood honey, our quality beeswax candles and other delights!