Community Partner:

Hives for Humanity

Hives for Humanity is a non­profit organization that encourages community connections through apiculture, more commonly known as beekeeping. Through mentorship-­based programming they create flexible opportunities for people to engage in the therapeutic culture that surrounds the hive; foster connectivity to nature; and participate in local sustainable economies while supporting at ­risk populations of people and pollinators. This enterprising non-profit produces a stunning line of small-batch neighbourhood honey, beeswax candles, natural self care products such as salves, balms, and tinctures, and hosts workshops while creating economic opportunities for people with barriers to employment.

Bee Space is Hives’ new home in the DTES, a space for workshops, commissary, programming, and retail. In 2016/17 LEDlab helped Hives for Humanity to launch Bee Space, Hives’ new home in the DTES, a space for workshops, commissary, programming, and retail.

Project Coordinator Amelia Huang conducted a competitive landscape review, contributed to their food safe management plan, honey bottling guide, and developed a pricing structure and marketing/rental package for Bee Space. During the internship Amelia prototyped different retail, workshop, and rental uses for Bee Space, and developed process guides to support future staff to manage the space. Amelia also provided 210 hours of training to DTES residents to build their capacity in running the space, which has generated $450 in income for residents during the internship period. Bee Space retail and workshop revenues are contributing to the overall financial sustainability of Hives for Humanity, while increasing community connectedness.