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  1. #1
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    Default The Bee Cause Project

    Anyone have experience with this? It's a program started by Ted Dennard (founder of Savannah Bee Co.) The goal is to get an observation hive into 1000 schools through a grant program. The observation hives they use are huge - 8 deep frames - 2 wide and 4 high and are to be installed by a licensed contractor. They also have an option to get a top bar or langstroth hive. I just got approached by a local school to be the beekeeper/technical advisor. I like the idea. Liability is a big concern. The website says as an official school volunteer, you're covered under the school's general liability policy.

    http://www.thebeecause.org/

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    Default Re: The Bee Cause Project

    I worked with them. They had an installation and initial load in at a nearby school but the colony died. I loaded a 5 frame nuc that wintered fine but had a catastrophic event during the flow the next spring. Not sure but it looked very much like insecticide poisoning. Anyway, the OH is reasonably well made. Still pretty heavy carrying outside to work on it. You should get a copy of the relevant insurance papers to make sure you're covered.
    In the catastrophic event, dead bees piled up at the bottom and moisture warped the wood, allowing some bees to escape into the room. The school found that unacceptable and has not had it repopulated as far as I know.
    I liked the 2x4 enough to make one. Smaller OHs take more work. They swarm a lot more and crash more. I also have 2 I maintain that are 3x3. The queen does show up (but isn't always in view like a 1x). I think 8 or 9 frames is a good number for a colony; especially if you don't want to be driving over there all the time to work it.

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    Default Re: The Bee Cause Project

    My wife is a science teacher and will be all over this!

    Please tell me it's not just for GA?
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know, but the tide is turning.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: The Bee Cause Project

    Another thread is floating up here, too, and she's in WA, so not just GA!

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    Default Re: The Bee Cause Project

    Application deadline: November 15, 2016 at 5pm CT (3pm PT, 4pm MT, 6pm ET)

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    Default Re: The Bee Cause Project

    It's an ongoing project. Maybe get in on the next round of grant money.

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    Default Re: The Bee Cause Project

    It's nation wide - even in the Bahamas. They have all the hive locations mapped at this site:

    http://www.thebeecause.org/index.php/hive-locations

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