Hosting Hives

Homestead Honey Farm and Homestead Apiaries has relationships with more than 150 landowners and our hives are hosted throughout southern Minnesota on a combination of our own land and with other owners like you.

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers.

Common Questions by Landowners:

Q: WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?

  • We place bees/hives in May/June and remove them in October
  • We visit hives every couple of weeks to feed, add boxes, remove honey, etc.

Q: WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE LANDOWNER(S)?

  • A case of honey for each location
  • Improved pollination

Q: WILL I GET STUNG?

  • Highly unlikely. Honeybees are very non-aggressive compared to hornets and wasps
  • Honeybees will only sting if threatened, i.e. getting caught in your hair/clothing or disturbing their hive

Q: WHAT MAKES A GOOD LOCATION FOR BEES?

  • We need about 15 x 40 feet for 50-60 hives, plus room to turn around with a truck and forklift
  • Relatively level and smooth
  • Not wet (we won’t visit if the roads are soft)
  • Great locations: old farmhouses, pastures (cows & horses ok), corners of hayfields, near old bins
  • We need to stay 1.5 – 2 miles from another bee location (bees forage 2 miles in any direction)

If you are interested in becoming a host of some of our hives, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch:

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