frequently asked questions
Why are you doing this?
We are grateful for so many things in our lives! Keeping bees, connecting with our community and giving back makes us really happy and hopefully it makes a bit of a positive difference in our world.
How does it all work?
We accept donations to help us maintain and grow our organization and the hives we manage. We support our hives through the seasons so that we can harvest and sell our honey. We donate the all profits to other registered 501(c)(3) organizations.
Are you a registered 501(c)(3) organization?
Yes. We are registered as BeeGrateful Inc., EIN #82-3641127
How did you get started?
We were keeping a garden and it was suggested that we begin keeping bees to help pollinate our plants. After a season of giving honey away as holiday presents to friends and family, we came up with the idea to sell it so that we could donate to a nonprofit we hold close to our hearts, Best Buddies. When a friend heard about what we were doing, he wanted to support us by raising money during his annual golf tournament. We realized that this idea could make a real difference so we decided to make it 501(c)(3) official!
Is the honey organic?
Well, yes and no. We maintain our hives using organic practices and do nothing to enhance the end product.
However, bees gather pollen and nectar from plants within a 5 mile radius of their hive and unless all the plants that they visit are organic, its not fair to say their honey is either.
Do you pay yourselves?
Nope, this is just a way for us to give back to our community.
Where do you keep the bees?
All of our hives are in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, though we hope to expand our footprint in the future.
How many hives do you have?
We currently maintain 9 hives.
How did you learn about bee keeping?
Youtube, Google, a few books, a few mistakes, and asking seasoned bee keepers.
If you want to learn more...
or read this The Rooftop Beekeeper
or this Bees: A Honeyed History
Where does the money you raise go?
Each year is different but we aim to find organizations that we find personally meaningful to us, our friends, families and larger community. We seek organizations that spend responsibly and where our donation can make a meaningful impact.
This year we will donating to:
Best Buddies International
Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT)
Buzzards Bay Coalition
Greater Boston Food Bank
Have you ever been stung? Does it hurt?
Yes and yes.
How many bees are in a hive?
It varies throughout the year, but around 70,000 per hive in the summer.