The Bee Committee proposes to spend $328 from UpGarden trust funds to augment the original building funds allocated for the bee area ($1400), according to the proposal below.
This proposal and expenditure will be voted on by UpGarden plot-holders and volunteers. Voting starts 10/31 and ends 11/10/2013. An email ballot will be sent 10/31 and paper ballots will be in the trailer/toolshed.
This proposal is also available as a pdf document (View/download PDF). The pdf contains additional formatting and figures.
UpGarden Bee Committee Proposal
PROPOSAL DATE: October 9, 2013
UpGarden P-Patch proposes to put two honey bee hives at the UpGarden site in April 2014, with room to expand to 4 honey bee hives.
2. GOALS and OBJECTIVES
The hives will serve three purposes:
• Pollination: Pollinate the plants of UpGarden. With 100 plots, plus common beds, pollinators are necessary for the garden to thrive.
• Education: Through on-site classes for UpGardeners and nearby residents, the hives will be an educational focal point about the use of pollinators, transportation of garden resources (nectar, pollen) and the importance of a sustainable food system.
• Bee Health: Managed honey bee colonies outside of the industrial food system are essential to creating healthy bees. Bee populations continue to decline precipitously; this year even the industrial pollination system is requiring reinforcements from abroad. In 1943, the USA had 5.8 million managed honey bee hives. In 2011 that number was 2.49 million. We would use treatment-free techniques and local honey bees to support a healthy regional bee population.
3. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
UpGarden can serve the community better:
• Quality partnership: As a member of Backwards Beekeepers, Sharon Chan, the managing beekeeper would start a local Seattle chapter to teach beekeeping and pollinator health to Seattle residents.
• Value proposition: The hives will generate positive interest and neighbor engagement in UpGarden, and will attract people who might not otherwise garden. The UpGarden community has already voiced interest in hosting hives at UpGarden, and voting on both the original build plan, in 2012, as well as a recent vote on continuing forward with the original build have passed.
• Land Stewardship: Honey bee hives on Seattle Center and Seattle Parks land will demonstrate the City's commitment to honey bee health and their importance to our local food system.
• Compliance: The hives will comply with Seattle Municipal Code (SMC 23.42.052) and P-Patch "Rules for Beehives," and will be registered with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
• Location: The hives will occupy an area of approximately 10' wide by 12' long, facing south, away from the garden itself, on the south-east corner of the p-patch. The hives will be high above any neighbors, as well as set back more than 1/3 the width of the parking structure. The goal is to cause zero nuisance to the neighbors and p-patchers, and to provide the bees with plenty of sunshine and space to fly in and out of the hive.
• Hardscape: The ground around the hives will be concrete floor of the parking lot, with wooden ramps to level the hives, and 8" cinder blocks directly underneath the hives.
• Hive Construction: The hives will be traditional Langstroth 10-frame hives with removable frames.
• Fence: All sides will have an 8' barrier fence, 4’ of weather hardy wood, and 4’ of metal mesh with holes too small for bees to pass through, braced with 4x4 posts. This will force the bee path to a
height above any passers-by, as well as keep people from walking into the flight path, while providing sunlight crucial for colony viability. The rear (north) fence will be accommodated with a lockable opening to further limit access. The enclosure will measure approximately 12’x10’, and fit within the space designated in the original build plan for the bees. (See Figure 1 in pdf)
- Educational signs next to the hives will describe the necessity and benefits of pollinators, honey bees in particular.
- Notification signs on the fence will also alert people to potential hazards within, and include a contact number of the registered beekeeper.
• Done Approval by UpGarden P-patchers
• By October 15 Approval by Sandy Pernitz & Laura Raymond
• By April 1, 2014 Register hives with WSDA (Registration is per calendar year, so it doesn’t make sense to register in October.)
• April, 2014 Site preparation and beehive installation
• Inspections by managing beekeeper (Sharon Chan) and/or trained beekeeping team: Between April and October, hives will be inspected on the average of once a month.
• Tools: all tools and equipment will be stored in a lockbox situated between common beds, near bee enclosure.
• Periodic classes: Field classes will be offered at every inspection, roughly once a month, during the summer. Students will be required to sign waivers and wear protective clothing.
• Honey yield/reporting: Honey from the hives will be sold to cover operating expenses, as well as towards the UpGarden P-Patch Trust Fund.
The UpGarden original build funds have budgeted $1400 towards the installation and maintenance of beehives and the building of the enclosure.
Project Budget, Year 1
• Hives: $650
- $175 x 2 hives (includes hive bodies, frames, top and bottom boards) = $350
- $150 x 2 colonies (package bees) = $300
• Site-built environment: $650.
- $550 Fencing enclosure
- $100 Leveling ramps
• Equipment: $428
- $150: 5 bee suits
- $13: hive tool
- $30: smoker
- $35 food grade bucket with honey gate for honey extraction
- $200 jars, labelling, labor
PROJECTED INCOME: $1728
• Original Build Funding = $1400
• Trust Funds = $328
• Honey sales: First year honey harvest will be negligible, and best left to help build hive strength = $0
NET BALANCE: $0
OPTIONAL (AND DEPENDANT ON INSTRUCTOR’S TIME):
• Management & Teaching: $740
- Estimated 14 hours teaching per year x $30/hour=$420
- Estimated 24 hours management, 7 of which are through classes = 16 hours x $20 = $320
PROJECTED INCOME: $875
• Classes: 7 classes, $25/participant, ~5 participants/class = $875
NET BALANCE : $135
If project income exceeds the break-even point in this or any year, proceeds will be re-invested in UpGarden. In either case, UpGarden will receive the first 25% of any honey harvested. Financially, the project will break even at best; if any additional revenue is realized (not feasible the first year due to start-up expenses), it will be returned to UpGarden or re-invested in this site. An annual financial and field report for the UpGarden site can be provided as documentation, and the project will be reviewed annually.