Adopt A Hive! – One Year

$250.00

We invite you ‘adopt’ this hive for a year in support of pollinator education in Northeast Indiana. Over the past two years, we have had the opportunity to teach over 3,000 children & adults about pollinators in our community through our fun, hands-on, exploratory programs. With the support of our volunteers, we host educational events at local libraries, schools and community centers; as well as under our ‘science tent’ at The Southwest Conservation Club, perfect for home-school groups, scouts, 4-H clubs and more. With your help, we can reach more students to benefit pollinators!

Not a beekeeper, don’t have land space, or don’t have the time to learn but still want to help the declining pollinator populations? This is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved! Each ‘adopted’ hive will be kept in one of Southwest Honey Co.’s sustainable apiaries and comes with some sweet perks for the ‘adopter.’

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Adopt A Hive: Benefits

With the support of volunteers, Southwest Honey Co. will care for your hive. Our apiaries are located in sustainable areas including organic farms and naturally preserved properties around Fort Wayne, Indiana.

As thanks for a one year adoption of this hive, we & the bees will gift you:

– Behind The Scenes Beekeeping – Hive & Apiary Tour
Suit up like a beekeeper for a private tour for you and up to 5 guests. The tour includes a short presentation, live hive tour (w/ real bees) and a Q&A session with beekeepers with honey based hors d’oeuvres as a snack. Tours usually take 1 hour and are held May – October. Minimum age: 12.

– Seasonal Updates About Your Hive & What The Bees Are Up To
This includes a photo of your actual hive in each season and a description of what the bees are doing at that time of the year.

– Name Your Queen & We Will Include It On A Sign Near It
Your name & the name of your queen will be displayed prominently near your hive.

– Certificate Of Appreciation From The Queen Bee In Your Hive
The queen of your sponsored colony is very appreciative for your support!

4 ct- 12.6 oz Bottles of Honey
Our unpasteurized and raw honey is packed with pure nutrients, enzymes, and pollen. It is made by our happy honey bees who live at our apiaries on organic and naturally kept properties around the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. > About Our Honey

2 ct- ‘Save The Bees’ T-Shirts
Each t-shirt is white with a small screen printed logo on the front and a large #savethebees design on the back. > About T-shirts

6 ct- ‘Save Bees’ Bumper Stickers
Each bumper sticker is 11.5″ x 3″, a perfect size for creating awareness for helping the honey bees. > About Bumper Stickers

Tour Details

Suit up like a beekeeper for a private tour for you and up to 5 guests. The tour includes a short presentation, live hive tour (w/ real bees) and a Q&A session with beekeepers with honey based hors d’oeuvres as a snack. Tours usually take 1 hour and are held May – October. Minimum age: 12.

We have two on-site experienced beekeepers who will be helping make the tour a fun experience! Before and throughout the duration of the tour, our educators will be monitoring the weather and other factors that may cause the event to be cancelled.

Apiary Tours are held outside in one our sustainable apiaries, which creates the perfect environment for you to be immersed with the natural surroundings, all without traveling too far from home.

Apiary Tours will be held outside, as such there is an inherent risk associated with any outdoor activity.
As a part of our event, we require all participants to complete our liability waiver. > Click For Sample

  • Cold water will be kept on-site, especially for hot days.
  • We will have a sealed & locked observation hive containing live bees as a part of our tour.
  • Unpasteurized honey will be tasted by participants. Please be aware if you have any honey allergies.
  • At least one on-site educator is CPR certified by the American Heart Association and First Aid certified.

Apiary Tours are designed to be safe so our participants have a fantastic experience! If you have any concerns about safety, please feel free to contact our lead educator and event coordinator, Megan Ryan (260) 609-2897.

How Else Can You Help?

1. As the honey bees continue to struggle we find that they are most effected by the diminishing amount of natural land space, pesticide use, and a lack of public and community knowledge about honey bees and pollinators. So often we are asked by community members, “How can I help the bees?” To many people’s surprise, there are MANY ways that people can help honey bees without having to do anything drastic! Here are 8 Simple Ways You Can Help Honey Bees

2. Learn with us at one of our hands-on, fun and educational events and classes for kids (Explore The Honey Bee), adults (Bees & Brew) and seniors (Bees & Tea). Learn More About Pollinators

3. Support your local beekeepers! Not only does buying local, raw honey have many health benefits and medicinal purposes, it also helps support your local economy and farmers. Shop For Local Honey