Filed under: Dining
These days it seems like everyone has the homesteading bug. Canning classes, chickens in the backyard. Regrettably I'm far too lazy for that. Owning a share in someone else's labor is a bit more my speed. A New Zealand company, Your Pure Honey sells off shares of beehives and receive a supply of Active Manuka honey collected from a single hive. Whereas normal honey is often blended from a bunch of hives, each hive has its own distinctive flavor. It's a bit like a wine made from a single vineyard or whisky pulled from a single cask.
The idea is in the same vein as the Catch A Piece of Maine lobster trap shares, Your Pure Honey provides videos and images that show the hive in its natural surroundings. The chemical-free beehives use organic materials and are moved to remote sites around New Zealand to gather the best nectar from isolated native forests. Each beehive provides the funds to sustain five acres of natural forest.. Buyer can pick up a one-year stake in a beehive – ranging from exclusive rights to a 10 per cent share – which will produce honey for them from September to May.
There are 100 beehives total and three levels of ownership: Premium Partnership provides sole rights to a hive and all the honey it produces (about 40 500g jars); Syndicate Partnership provides a quarter share (about 10 500g jars); and Community Partnership provides a one-tenth share (about four 500g jars). Prices start at $285 including delivery. The entire hive costs $2,500 and will produce 40 jars of honey for the season.