Introducing the Partners of Sponsor-A-Hive 2017

Elmhurst College

Thanks to Your Help, Sponsor-A-Hive Created 62 Bee Sanctuaries in 2017!

Imagine a gift with wings -- a tireless donation that helps grow one-third of the food we eat in this country. Now imagine bee hives arriving at schools and community gardens across the country. We’re proud to announce that with your support, we made this happen in 62 communities this year.

These 60 Sponsor-A-Hive partnerships will positively impact food accessibility, environmental education, and nutrition for over 84,800 children and adults. The Sponsor-A-Hive program has created bee sanctuaries in 25 states, stretching from Washington to Maine and California to Florida.

 We couldn’t have done it without you and the generous support of:


Continuing our commitment to those in need

We select our Sponsor-A-Hive partners with one goal in mind: to make fresh food available to those who need it the most. That’s why we send bees to community gardens, school gardens, and urban farms that provide locally-grown food to schools, soup kitchens, senior centers, and food deserts.

Sponsor-A-Hive partners don’t just receive bees and beekeeping equipment. We also provide them with curriculum, resources and mentorship. Our beekeeping expertise and ongoing support will help our partner organizations place and sustain their bee homes to ensure the long-term success of their work. With both honey and solitary bees, we are able to give partners the bees that suit their environment best.

Garden City Harvest, Montana

Global Prep Academy, Indiana


Spitzer School of Architecture and High School for Math, Science and Engineering, New York

Springwater Environmental Sciences School, Oregon

"The Honeybee Conservancy bees will help us provide 2,200 pounds of fresh pesticide-free produce to our local food bank, located in a food desert"

Joe Balderas, Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, Ohio Sponsor-A-Hive partner 2017

Where are the 62 Sponsor-A-Hive sanctuaries placed during 2017?

We partner with urban farms, schools and local organizations across the United States that benefit underserved areas in particular, such as in "food deserts". We select partners and make sure that a diverse pool of people, including youth, the elderly, indigenous people, and residents in food deserts, benefit from the hives while learning about the importance of bees to our ecosystem.  


15% of American households are food insecure, not knowing where their next meal will come from. That’s why we place bees to pollinate fresh food where it’s needed the most.

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