Hive Placement Requests
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.
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.
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.
Our association provides information about solicitations in three ways.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com with the insight that a match has been made and we will remove it from the page.
Name: Elizabeth Cherot
Phone: (908) 930-8202
Street Address: Cedar Road, White House Station NJ 08800
Municipality: Readington Township
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.
Phone: (973) 919-5657
e-mail: the firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Address: Oak Ridge NJ
Municipality: West Milford
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.
Name: Nancy Slota
Phone: (732) 306-9973
To learn a little more about the Clinton Township Organic Community Garden, please visit our website at www.clintontownshipocg.wixsite.com/theocg.
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.
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.