What is the lead time to production for beehives?

Bees work hard and your hive will start producing honey about three months after you purchase the hive and bees. Before we offer it to you, it takes almost a year to prep your hive, which means selecting the right field and attracting a suitable swarm of bees. Luckily we've partnered with experienced beekeepers and farm-owners who know their stuff. The honey and other bee products such as wax are harvested twice a year.

What makes a successful hive?

  • Expertise in managing where your bees forage – hives are moved around to maximise honey production depending on which plant or crop is flowering where. You need to understand where the biggest amount of pollen is for your bees at what time of the year to ensure two crops can be harvested.
  • Having the resources to manage the operation: barriers to entry are high. You need to invest in equipment, employees and a bottling facility to maximise your returns.
  • You need to be able to bounce back if and when bees are die. You need to be able to secure your hives from theft.
  • 1 500 hives is a commercial operation size. Your investment is secure.

Who is managing these hives?

  • The hives are built and managed by an expert beekeeper, whose farm is currently producing 400 tonnes of honey per year. The farm is currently supplying supermarkets in South Africa. All the honey produced will be subject to testing and audit to ensure that it is of a good standard.
  • Our partner for the first release of hives is Menno's Apiaries based in Port Elizabeth.
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