Two weeks ago, I had my last beekeeping class, and on the last day of class, our teacher told us about a woman in Fort Greene, Brooklyn that wanted to host a beehive on her rooftop of her house. I didn't have a location yet for a beehive so I jumped at this opportunity. After completing the beekeeping class, I was so inspired that I really wanted to have beehives this year, so this was a chance I couldn't pass up. To have hives this season will be just awesome. I found out that 3 of my fellow classmates were also interested in the same space, so instead of the four of us fighting for the same spot, we decided to partner up together to do a joint beekeeping adventure. This was actually a perfect scenario for us because we could work together to create a successful hive! Since this was my first time to ever have beehives, I didn't want to through the whole process by myself. It is a lot of work and to be able to share in the start up costs and the bee maintenance will be amazing. So it's great that I am partnering up with 3 other fellow enthusiastic students to go through this beekeeping learning process together. We ARE so excited. The following two weeks was a whirlwind of activity. We had to order beehives, bees, beekeeping suits, equipment and oh yeah, meet our new host. Every day for two weeks straight involved some type of beekeeping preparation. A whole week went to building the beehives and installing them. Paul, the only guy in our group, picked up the beehive kits that we ordered from our beekeeping teacher. The hive kits we bought come unassembled so our job was to build them. We learned how to build the hivekits in our last class.
The day after we finished building the hives, we installed them into their permanent locations in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. One beehive went on a rooftop. After we met our first bee host, she told us about a friend of hers that also wanted a beehive. So the four of us decided to do two hives this year.