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Adopt or Sponsor-a-Hive

Adopt-a-Hive … at your property

Castlemaine Bee Sanctuary’s Adopt-a-Hive program allows you to be experience all the joys of having honeybees in your garden but without any of the hassle or time investment associated with becoming a beekeeper.

We will place an established European honeybee hive on your property and fully manage all aspects of that hive.

If you are thinking of becoming an apiarist yourself, the Adopt-a-Hive program is a great way to ensure success as a new beekeeper as it allows you to experience first-hand exactly what is involved in beekeeping and pick up tips along the way during hive inspections.

We always stress that honey should not be your the main interest in the Adopt-a-Hive program. Like everything we do at Castlemaine Bee Sanctuary, the bees  themselves and their welfare are our main concern – Adopt-a-Hive is about providing a home for pollinators and getting to know the bees, not harvesting honey.

Having said that, these are after all, honeybees… and they do make honey. In a good season, they make a lot of it.

Hive adopters receive the first 3 full deep frames (approximately 10 kilograms) per year of any harvestable honey their hive produces and first options on purchasing honey beyond that at a heavily discounted rate. Honey must be picked up from Castlemaine. Other products of the hive (propolis, pollen and bee venom) can also be made available but must be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Our fee for this service is $10 per week for non-businesses in the immediate Castlemaine area (3450 postcode). Our fee for businesses and those outside this area must be discussed. We are very open (in fact would prefer) to work out an exchange instead of money changing hands.

This service is available free of charge to schools, charities and other worthwhile entities in the immediate Castlemaine area.

Email or call 03 5470 6216 to discuss Castlemaine Bee Sanctuary’s Adopt-a-Hive program. Click here for testimonials. 


Sponsor-a-Hive … at a remote apiary

Would you like to do something that will help the bees in a very real way? When you sponsor a hive, you know that as a direct result of your actions, there are more bees out there helping to pollinate the world.

Sponsor-a-Hive works in the same way as Adopt-a-Hive but instead of placing the bees at your property, they will live in a garden apiary in Castlemaine, Central Victoria and fully managed by Castlemaine Bee Sanctuary in a bee-centred way.  This allows you to be responsible for the welfare of a honeybee colony (or part of) without any of the hassle or time investment associated with becoming a beekeeper.

You will receive regular updates on the status of your bees, an allocation of honey produced by them (see below) and first options on purchasing more honey at a heavily discounted rate.

The cost for sponsoring a full hive is $10 per week and includes a generous year’s supply (10 kilograms) of honey per year.

You can also sponsor part of a hive (1/2 at $5 per week includes 5 kilos of honey per year or 1/4 at $3 per week includes 3 kilos). Honey must be picked up from Castlemaine.

Email or call 03 5470 6216 to discuss Castlemaine Bee Sanctuary’s Sponsor-a-Hive program.