Sarvodaya Beekeeping Club

Support Our Bees and Learning Beekeeping with us

Join the Bee Club

Become a Bee Friend.

Bee populations are on decline around the world, from the millions of native bees responsible for the pollination of endemic plants to the honeybee, which pollinates most of our food crops.

Sarvodaya Institute's Bee Club is working to educate and engage our community around caring for bees and their habitats.

We are making a conscious effort to provide a bio-diverse home for all our pollinators, including honeybees. Just like a beehive, its going to take everyone's participation to come back to caring and loving relationship with bees.

Your Membership to the Bee Club supports

- Funding a local beekeeper to provide a safe habitat for honeybees
- Maintaining 5 hives at Sarvodaya Farms & Nursery
- Creating a community educated on honeybees
- Promoting urban beekeeping through our Bee Club classes

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The Bee Club

$375 every year or $99 every 3 months - Tax Deductible Donation
includes Monthly Beekeeping Days

The goal of our Bee Club is to promote urban beekeeping and help sustain urban bee populations, including those of native bees and honeybees. Participants will have the opportunity learn hands-on about protecting and providing for native bees and honeybees. Our club is a learning ground for future beekeepers to learn skills to keep their own beehives and teach others.

Beekeeping Days every month @ Sarvodaya Farms

Our Bee Club centers around our monthly Beekeeping Day.  Member's of the Bee Club are invited to join us every month to learn and explore with bees.

Beekeeping Days are held on Saturdays from 11am to 2:30pm. Our schedule for next 12 months is:

2021: April 17, May 22nd, June 19, July 17, August 14, September 18, October 16, November 13, December 11
2022: January 15th, February 12th, March 12th

During a Beekeeping Day, you can expect to:

- enjoy a 45 minute Bee Lesson from Beekeeper Lola (read about her below)
- suit up and open up each of the 5 hives hosted at Sarvodaya Farms, including both Langstroth and top-bar hives
- get guided mentorship and learn the skills to beekeep on your own
- enjoy bits of honey
- play with and learn from the superorganism that is a beehive.

Beekeeping suits are not provided at this time.  We are working towards having our own set of suits.  If you would like to donate a beesuit, please reach out to us at bees@sarvodayainstitute.org

Bee Club Members also get:

- 2 Sarvodaya Bee Club sticker decals
- 1 Sarvodaya Bee Club patch for your beekeeping suit

Adopt-a-Hive

Want to support bees? get honey? learning beekeeping? support others learning beekeeping?
Join our Adopt-a-Hive program!

We need your support to create and grow this program.  All the beehives, suits, tools, and time really add up for our small non-profit organization. By adopting a hive, you'll be supporting all of this work and helping our young Beekeeper Lola get a foothold into the profession of beekeeping.

We offer 3 options to adopt a hive:

Adopt-a-Half Hive

$650 annual tax-deductible donation

- Includes Membership to the Bee Club
- You'll receive one-half of the honey harvested from your adopted hive (Please keep in mind that a portion of the honey is kept by the honeybees themselves so they have enough during the winter)
- Your name written on the bee box as a sponsor.
- Certificate of Adoption

Adopt a Half Hive

Adopt-a-Full Hive

$1200 annual tax-deductible donation

- Includes Membership to the Bee Club
- You’ll receive all the honey that’s harvested from your hive for the year. (Please keep in mind that a portion of the honey is kept by the honeybees themselves so they have enough during the winter)
- Your choice of color/design painted on the box.
- Your name written on the bee box as a sponsor.
- Certificate of Adoption

Adopt a Full Hive

Adopt-a-Queen

$10 / month tax-deductible donation

At this level of sponsorship you’ll receive:
- A Sarvodaya Honeybee Sticker Decal
- Photos of the hive you’ve supported
- The opportunity to name your Bee.
- A certificate of sponsorship with your Bees name!

Adopt a Bee

About Our Beekeeper and Teacher

Lola Salgado

My name is Lola Salgado and I’m the daughter of two beautiful Mexican immigrants.
In a field that has been predominated by older white males, I’m excited to have space at Sarvodaya to introduce and teach other people of color about bees and beekeeping
I have learned how to care, love, and listen to bees from the Sweetest Man of El Sereno, he’s a 97 year old Mexican Winnie the Pooh.

Every time I see a bee I thank them, they do so much, and are so small, it makes me feel evermore inspired and encouraged to protect and educate about them.

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