We work to create a positive, enlivened, supportive network around the bee yard enhancing community through apiculture.

We work to create a positive, enlivened, supportive network around the bee yard; we seek to enhance community through apiculture.

Beekeeping, and the culture that surrounds the hive, has incredibly therapeutic capacity, regardless of socio-economic status or background, if practiced with that intent. We are all seeking connection: to nature, to ourselves and to each other. 

We creating meaningful partnerships with other non-profit organizations and businesses, to build an apiary that works for your location, engages  and highlights the uniqueness of your community, both through the honey the bees produce and the stories we share.

Our programming fosters self-worth and pride, offers meaningful and inclusive opportunities and connects people to supportive community.

 

For-Profit Partners

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel:  This partner has offered support through funding our Pollinator Corridor—the interconnected corridor of people, plants and pollinators through Vancouver—as we have developed it over the past 4 years, allowing us to share our story through our honey, candles, and wax cloths; to contract our team to manage the Chef’s garden and install a Northwest Coast garden; and to engage guests through their rooftop apiary! This is a multifaceted partnership that also shares a meal with our larger community in the DTES annually.

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel: This partner has offered support through funding our Pollinator Corridor—the interconnected corridor of people, plants and pollinators through Vancouver—as we have developed it over the past 4 years, allowing us to share our story through our honey, candles, and wax cloths; to contract our team to manage the Chef’s garden and install a Northwest Coast garden; and to engage guests through their rooftop apiary! This is a multifaceted partnership that also shares a meal with our larger community in the DTES annually.

LUSH Cosmetics:  In 2017, we had the opportunity to maintain an apiary out by the Fraser River, hosting workshops for LUSH staff and creating opportunities for work and training for our beekeepers and gardeners. In 2018, we moved this apiary to the Italian Cultural Centre (ICC) where we continued in partnership with LUSH and their teams.

LUSH Cosmetics: In 2017, we had the opportunity to maintain an apiary out by the Fraser River, hosting workshops for LUSH staff and creating opportunities for work and training for our beekeepers and gardeners. In 2018, we moved this apiary to the Italian Cultural Centre (ICC) where we continued in partnership with LUSH and their teams.

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In partnership with Vancity Environmental Sustainability team and Sole Food Street Farms: The apiary at this site connects staff at Vancity and Sole Food to opportunities to connect to the bees, deepening connection to environment and food systems.

 
 

NOt-for-profit Partners

In partnership with Portland Hotel Community Services Society: The garden we founded our Society out of, located on the 100 block of East Hastings—a green respite, pollinator meadow and apiary location that is also home to a Sweat Lodge.

In partnership with RainCity Housing Society: Our apiary at this site has a view of the city across False Creek.

In partnership with Atira Women’s Resource Society: Supported by Homelessness Action Week, we helped residents to build their garden and relocated some of our pollinator meadow from HUF to this location. With support from Lush Charity Pot, we will be building an apiary here in 2019!

In partnership with BC Housing: These locations support two healthy colonies each, connecting people to community through bees.

In partnership with Portland Hotel Community Services Society: This is one of the first residences where we built an apiary, around which a garden tended by community members sprung up.

In partnership with RainCity Housing Society: We support a small and powerful garden at the front of this residence.

In partnership with Lookout Society: These locations support two healthy colonies each, connecting people to community through bees.

In partnership with Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation: Supported by the Neighbourhood Matching Fund, this program is working to foster inclusive green space, demonstrating the leadership that comes from community by offering tools, learning, training, and work opportunities.

In partnership with Portland Hotel Community Services Society: Supported by Homelessness Action Week, we helped residents to build their garden and relocated some of our pollinator meadow from HUF to this location. With support from Lush Charity Pot, we will be building an apiary here in 2019!

In partnership with Atira Women’s Resource Society: Our colonies at Sorella live alongside the children’s play area and community kitchen garden.

In partnership with BC Housing: We relocated some of our pollinator meadow from HUF to this location, and we are building a beekeeping club with young people who live in
the residences.

 

Each of these programs is designed in collaboration with staff and community members at each location, and responds to specific needs and opportunities in each place, with each participant.

We facilitate creative and welcoming workshops that build skills, enhance teamwork and provide wellness and connectivity. We work with communities ranging from after school care groups to corporate volunteer groups, supportive housing to private hotels.

Please get in touch via: info (@) hivesforhumanity (dot) com to discuss a package for your group or organization.