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Hive Placement Requests

Matchmaking for request from homeowners who want bees on their land

Our branch association receives a number of request each year from homeowners who would like to start beekeeping or more so wish to have someone keep bees on their property for the benefits that come along with pollination or simply being green.


We provide insight on this page of how to make a request for placement in our area and a listing for beekeepers who are looking for opportunities to place bees on properties other than their own.

Soliciting for a Hive Placement Request

DETAILS OF HOW INFORMATION IS COLLECTED AND DISSEMINATED

How to Make a Request

We would ask that you send the details of your request to our association using the form below.  In order to facilitate the request, it is assumed that you will permit us to make your request public to our beekeepers and list it here on this page.


  1. We expect that you have reviewed our Question and Answers Section Below prior to submitting a request.
  2. Please complete the form below and include your name, email address you wish to correspond with, location of property, and any pertinent details about your property for the beekeeper to consider.


We will disclose your information on this website and to interested members

Please be clear that your request will be shared with our membership and the public at large.  It could be noted that your email and phone number will be listed on this website and available to the public.


How we will inform Members of your location availability

Our association provides information about solicitations in three ways.  

  1. Occasionally we send information out to our membership when a number of requests are in play.
  2. We announce information of locations available to the membership at regular membership meetings.
  3. We post them here on our website for members to find and connect at any time

Submit a request

Please Read the Q&A

Please be sure to read the Questions and Answers section below prior to submitting a request.

You Agree...

Upon submitting.... You agree to allow us to post your information on this web page and share the information with our beekeepers.

Questions and Answers about Placing Bees

Question: How much property will I need?

Answer: Ideally property for keeping bees has a quiet location, free from human and animal interaction and at least 50 foot setbacks in all directions.  It is a bonus to have pollinator gardens or home/land owners that will help to plant pollinator friendly plants.


Question: Are there any special considerations for beekeepers

Answer: Yes, quite a few and here are a handful that we recommend be considered.  

  • Bees need good nutrition to survive. Optimally beekeepers will look for larger areas of forage when considering a location for bees and not simply someone's home with a garden. That is a welcome bonus but they will also consider the surrounding areas.
  • Access.... Management of bees requires access to hives for upkeep and being able to bring a vehicle into a hive is ideal. Beekeepers will also need to have permission to access.
  • Costs, Fees, Stipulations for use. Honestly beekeeping tends to be a loss for beekeepers. Being charged to place bees on land or living with stipulations to have access to land is beekeeper choice but many tend to stay away from property offers that come with complex arrangements. Please be sure to discuss all details up front with a beekeeper before arrangements are made.
  • Liability. Typical beekeepers are not insured unless they are running a commercial operation. Insurance for anything that arises typically falls on the land owner. Please review concerns before making any arrangements and we would recommend that you consider checking your homeowners/land insurance policy.
  • Pesticides, Insecticides, and other Chemical use on your property. Bees are susceptible to chemicals and property owners have to be considerate in practices when hosting bees. Many request to have bees for apples, or vegetables but expect that they will do routine spraying. It is very important that the beekeeper know your intentions and understand your practices.  Beekeepers will tend to shy away from locations that are near golf courses or places that are known to use chemicals in the upkeep of their properties


Question: Do beekeepers charge to put bees on my property

Answer: It depends.  There are two types of requests.  I'd simply like to have bees on my property, and I'd like to have bees on my property for a purpose that includes something akin to pollination.  Typical beekeepers keep bees as a hobby but some are in business and they receive payment for pollination services.  If your intent to engage with a beekeeper is to pollinate beyond the aspect of simply having bees on the property, then consider that a beekeeper may request fees for their services.


Question: How do these arrangement work?

Answer: The arrangement is between the home/land owner and the beekeeper.  This association is simply facilitating the message of availability and is not involved in any of the private arrangements between beekeeper and you the land owner.  Arrangements are verbal or written - that is up to you.


Question: I have bears in my area, will a bear fence be required?

Answer: Yes, it is a fact of life that if you are in an area of New Jersey where bears are prevalent bear fences are unavoidable.  Ideally the home/land owner will fund the system for the beekeeper in exchange for having the benefit of bees on the property but again this is a matter that can be worked out between the land/homeowner and the beekeeper.


Question: Can I expect honey out of the arrangement?

Answer: It depends.  Every beekeeper does these arrangements in their own way and you can discuss that as a matter of agreement to place bees.  Most beekeepers are willing to work with land/homeowners to provide honey in exchange for placement but making honey is not always an iron clad guarantee as beekeeping is sometimes fickle so manage expectations and be fair to what the beekeeper will tell you about this.


That's enough for now.  If you have questions that we didn't include please let us know (email nwnjba@live.com).  Every situation is different and you can of course ask any questions of the beekeeper who contacts you.


Question: If I've made a match, how do I ask to have my listing removed from this page?

Answer: Send an email to nwnjba@live.com with the insight that a match has been made and we will remove it from the page.


Properties available for placing Bees

Contact Information:

Name: Elizabeth Cherot

Phone: (908) 930-8202

e-mail: elizabethcherot@me.com

Address Information:

Street Address: Cedar Road, White House Station NJ 08800

Municipality: Readington Township
County: Hunterdon

Land Information:

3 acres. Access from driveway, Suburban, quiet road with interspersed farms and residential area, Interested in supporting bee keeping community but not able to maintain hives on own. Interested in mutual relationship not monetary.

Contact Information:

Name: Thomas

Phone: (973) 919-5657

e-mail: the feistypepper@gmail.com

Address Information:

Street Address: Oak Ridge NJ

Municipality: West Milford
County: Passaic

Land Information:

We are an operating farm of about 8 acres and looking to host a beehive to help pollinate the vegetable and flowering plants that we grow. We operate a CSA (community supported agriculture) and a farm stand. Our location is Oak Ridge, NJ.

Contact Information:

Name: Nancy Slota

Phone: (732) 306-9973

e-mail: clintontownshipocg@hotmail.com


To learn a little more about the Clinton Township Organic Community Garden, please visit our website at www.clintontownshipocg.wixsite.com/theocg.


Address Information:

Located off of Route 31 South, the OCG can be accessed by Clinton Township right-of-way between post boxes 1261 and 1257, Lebanon, NJ 08833.  This driveway is on the right-hand side approximately 200 yards before the light/jughandle for Molasses Hill Road.

The Clinton Township Organic Community Garden is interested in establishing a relationship with a local beekeeper for the purposes of hosting hives on the property to support our mission of environmental stewardship and to assist with the pollination of gardener’s crops.  


The garden, established in 2012, which has approximately 50 active members and thriving gardens, is situated within an open field on several acres of land bordered by woods. Pesticides, insecticides and chemicals are not used. There is easy access to the garden off of Route 31 in Clinton Township.  


Proposed arrangements;

We are most interested in a non-monetary arrangement, however a modest pay to offset the beekeeper’s expenses related to the hives on our property would be considered. The garden would provide an enclosure to protect the bees from animals as designated by the beekeeper. Members may be interested in volunteering time to assist the beekeeper, if this is something that also interests the beekeeper. Opportunities exist to educate members as well as the public about honey bees through the use of the garden’s resources. Honey would be appreciated!


Interested beekeepers would need to first visit the property to determine the placement of the hives and the type of enclosure required. The township supports the garden’s interest in keeping bees and would like to be a part of this process, therefore the interested beekeeper would also need to present the opportunity to township officials and be prepared to answer any questions they may have. Township officials are responsible for giving final permission to access the land. A liability waiver would need to be signed by the beekeeper.