The Hives for Humanity Bee Space

“The bees and the gardens give people a reason to lift their heads up.”


We started with the simple idea that in helping the bees we could help each other. Since then we’ve been working to connect people to nature, to each other, and to themselves through the bees and the gardens they dwell in.

As one of our DTES community beekeepers puts it “The bees and the gardens give people a reason to lift their heads up.”

During the summer months, when the gardens and bees are active, we are able to stay connected to community in our DTES apiaries. Staying connected over the rainy winter months is hard; reconnecting after this gap is even harder.

Our Bee Space, established Oct 2016:

  • Provides us with an office space and retail front to support our programming
  • Hosts year-round community workshops related to beekeeping, self-care and pollinator gardening
  • Provide low-barrier volunteer and employment opportunities through our training program
  • Creates space for us to make, package and retail our candles, balms, tinctures and honey 
  • Celebrates people and pollinators in the city!

We received funding from the City of Vancouver Economic Development grant fund in 2016 and 2017 to develop this space, and through our successful crowd fund campaign in 2016, and other fundraising through products in 2017, we matched those funds to make our Bee Space possible!

We received the permit to build (make our improvements) on Feb 1, 2016, and received our permit to operate in October 2016. 

Please see our calendar for details on events and get in touch if you’d like to visit, or stop in if you see the lights on!