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Apiary Open Source Hub

Bees are essential to an abundant and thriving plant culture. We will be open source sharing our experience setting up and maintaining an apiary (also known as a bee yard) as part of One Community’s food infrastructureopen source botanical garden model, and global transformation methodology. This open source hub includes the following sections:

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WHY BUILD AN APIARY

apiary, bee keeping, raising bees, pollinators, for The Highest Good of AllOne Community sees supporting declining bee populations as an essential part of comprehensive stewardship for The Highest Good of All and our goals for establishing sustainable teacher/demonstration hubs. Also, our food infrastructure will grow to feed hundreds and sufficient pollinators are essential to supporting this. As part of our experience establishing our own apiary, we will open source our setup and maintenance experience as part of our comprehensive blueprints for sustainability. We will also use this page to link to other quality beekeeping resources we find.

Our primary intentions for establishing an apiary include:

  • Supporting bee populations
  • On-site honey and wax production
  • Promoting community maintained apiaries
  • Open source sharing our experience in a way that others can easily duplicate

 

APIARY SETUP AND COST

The general consensus among beekeepers is that it is better to start with two hives as they will behave differently and the novice beekeepers learning curve will therefore be increased. Here is the costs for getting started with a small apiary (two hives):

ITEM DESCRIPTION PRICE QTY/ROW TOTAL
Hive Setup Bottom board, 2 deep supers, 20 deep frames, 2 honey supers, 20 honey frames, queen excluder, inner and outer cover, entrance reducer, feeder $200 2 $400
Bees 3 lbs Package with queen $75 2 $150
Clothing & Tools Veil, gloves, smoker, 2 hive tools, bee brush $125 1 $125
Medication & Feed Mite and Nosema medication, sugar, pollen patties  $35 2 $70
Bee school Localized training and textbooks $75 1 $75
Extraction This based on typical equipment rental fees by local bee clubs $15 1 $15
 TOTAL $835
 +15%* $125
 GRAND TOTAL $960

* 15% has been added to these costs to cover tax, shipping, and/or other expenses we may have missed.

 

RESOURCES OF INTEREST

Here is a short (3 min) apiary setup video:

OPEN SOURCE CONTENT TO BE ADDED LATER

Contribution to open source global food sustainabilityA huge additional volume of open source information will be added to this page as we setup and maintain the One Community apiary infrastructure. We will also update the cost details with the exact numbers from our purchase. Open source resources that will be added to this page as we build include:

  • On-line bee resources guide
  • Specific step-by-step instructions for hive assembly
  • Timelapse and instructional videos detailing hive evolution
  • On-going results of our honey and wax harvesting experience
  • On-going results of our experience maintaining and evolving our apiary
  • Instructional videos and recipes including every way we use honey and wax

 

SUMMARY

We consider an apiary as part of the one Community food infrastructure and our botanical garden model. Due to declining bee populations and the volume and diversity of food we will be growing (and teaching others to grow), we consider an apiary as an essential component of the our sustainable teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities model. Our goal is to open source and free-share as much information as possible about setting up and maintaining an apiary so we can help promote community-sponsored rebuilding of the bee population, produce honey and wax on the property, and maintain the necessary density of pollinators to support our food supply.

 

FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Q: What is One Community’s stance on pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides?

If it is not safe to eat, we will not be spraying it on our food.