We start the process with an initial consultation, where we cover your needs and specific interests, hive location, and pricing. There is a $100 consult fee, which will be refunded to you if a year-long service agreement is pursued.
Once you decide you’re ready for your bees, we arrange for the installation. The basic hive configuration is $500/hive, including bees. One-off coaching sessions can be scheduled at the rate of $100 per hour.
Beehive Maintenance & Coaching:
After installation, take the stress out of beekeeping by having an expert beekeeper care for your hive. Our basic beekeeping maintenance agreement entails:
$1,300 per year, which includes one complete hive (as described above).
Hive management activities averaging one hour per month across the year.
Honey: You are guaranteed at least two pints of honey (=3lbs) per hive per season.
Extracting your own honey: Our beekeeper will pull capped frames of honey, and will have them wrapped and ready for your own extraction and bottling. A well managed hive can average 40lbs of honey!
Additional honey extraction: we can process the frames and provide the honey to you at a cost of $20 per gallon (approximately 12lbs).
If you are interested in honing your own beekeeping skills, working side-by-side with an expert, you may be interested in our coaching program:
Starts at $100/visit, with a typical “visit” lasting approximately one hour, depending upon the needs of the bees and the beekeeper.
Learn techniques such as hive inspections, monitoring of and treatment for various pests and diseases that afflict bees, honey harvesting, and more specialized seasonal hive management needs.
Beekeeping tasks are performed at a teaching pace so the client can learn working shoulder to shoulder with an experienced beekeeper during individual visits.