Community based co operative to locate small relocatable beehives in residential zones.
The Bee population needs all the diversity it can muster to offset the decline in bee numbers .
The Backyard Bee Co operative is managed by experienced Bee keepers and the scheme participants receive a % Dividend of Honey in return permitting Beehives to be placed in suitable locations on the property.
Proceeds from the commercial sale of Honey applied to procuring Hive and expanding the scheme and taking on parasitic and biological enemy's of the Bee .
What conservation problem are you trying to solve?
Bee numbers in decline due to environmental and parasitic effects .
The loss of Bee pollination is a major risk to the planet
How are you going to solve this conservation problem?
Small scale residential Beehives , scale to be determined by property size and access.
Central processing for econmony of scale
Co operative structure with a strong emphasis on community involvement , education , and participation . thinking of schools ,enviro friendly groups ,
What makes your idea new and unique?
Its simple , relatively low cost , and expandable into a range of suitable locations , starting with private residential , businesses , and local parks and reserves.
Experienced Bee keepers will manage the hives and process the Honey on established commercial terms , Ownership of the Hives and monitoring Honey production will be by the Local Community Co operative on a Volunteer basis.
Who will use your idea, and how will they benefit?
Local Community rate payer associations and community groups , schools ,
They will benefit by raising the diversity and population of Bees to benefit future generations and the country.
The scheme will promote involvement and training of unemployed and or disadvantaged via current community work schemes .
What tasks or activities do you need investment for? How would you spend a $25,000 grant?
Set up a trial scheme , all of the $25,000 grant applied to creating a marketing plan , consultation and implementation of the first small scale community scheme .
A strong emphasis on Volunteer support and none of the initial $25,000 would be applied to administration or overheads.
Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident?