Bring life to
your outdoor space.
Our mission is to shine a light on the importance of all pollinators - native bees and honeybees alike. We believe that providing education about honeybees makes our community more mindful about protecting pollinators. We make having a backyard hive simple and accessible for anyone. Set up a free consultation today for more details.
How it works
We visit your site and together, we choose the best location for your honeybee hive.
Ask us all your questions!
We bring your honeybee hive!
All equipment and bees are included with your initial startup fee.
We visit as needed (every 2-4 weeks) to care for the bees. We keep you informed along the way about all the fascinating things going on inside your hive.
Honey from your backyard
It doesn't get more local than this! We harvest each client's honey individually, so you know you're getting honey from your own backyard. All the honey that the bees are able to spare, is yours.
Help our environment
Pollinators are an essential part of our food system. Unfortunately, native pollinators need all the help they can get. Support for honeybees is support for all pollinators because it encourages less pesticide use and more planting.
An aesthetic addition
Our wax dipped wooden hive boxes are beautiful. They blend in naturally with any outdoor space. It's also fun to have the honeybee energy close by, and to watch them busy at their hive entrance.
Why get honeybees?
Your own garden as well as plants within a 3 mile radius will benefit from the presence of honeybees. Your neighbors with gardens will thank you!
Connect to nature
Our detailed visit summaries allow you to stay connected with the happenings in the hive. Just like watching the trees change as season go by, you'll see how the bees evolve with the rhythms of the year. It's amazing how much there is to learn.
Support local beekeepers
Our bees are supplied by local beekeepers that work hard to keep their honeybees thriving. We support small operations who mindfully manage colonies.
Full Service Program
This is our most popular option. Our all inclusive program provides equipment, honeybees, year-round hive management, honey harvesting and delivery, visit summaries, and an on-call beekeeper to answer your questions.
This service is for those who already have bees or have taken a course, and need some hands - on guidance. We provide an assessment of what's happening in your hive and guidance for next steps.
Small groups can sign up to join us for a check of one of our hives. This can be a unique learning experience for children, older adults, or as a company event.
Swarm season happens from around March - June. Feel free to call us if you see a swarm. We will safely remove it and provide those bees with a safe home.
Jessy O'Keefe founded Seaside Honeybees in 2021 as a way to continue beekeeping herself, and as a way to share the rewarding experience with others. She started her beekeeping journey in 2013 and has managed hundreds of hives all along the east coast. She has experience servicing colonies individually, as well as on a larger scale at an apiary. Seaside Honeybees is a small, local business and we feel it's important to keep it that way.
I find myself very fortunate to have found you. Having bees has been a wonderful journey for me and my four year old twins to learn about. Our only wish is every person knew how important the bees were. We have nothing but good things to say about your services and you provide such a calmness in your explanations to us newbies. We would recommend your services to the masses!
Below we’ve provided answers to some common questions about our beekeeping services.
How much space do I need?
The equipment itself only takes up a few square feet of space, but we want to be sure the hive isn't installed in a high traffic area of your yard. The bees have a defined flight path when they leave the entrance that we don't want to interfere with. That being said - we've seen bees do well in as small a space as a single apartment balcony. We'll work together to find the best spot.
How much honey will I get?
Good question, but if you're only in it for the honey - support a local beekeeper by buying from them! We can't guarantee a certain amount of honey because it all depends on the bees, the weather, the forage available, etc. In general we like to make at least one harvest for you per year. And don't worry, we always leave more than enough for the bees and only take their surplus.
What happens if my bees die?
We do everything we can to make sure they thrive, but unfortunately this can happen. As long as you are under contract with us for the full service program, your beehive will be replaced at no additional cost to you, as soon as bees become available. Check out our services page for more info.
I don't have a garden. Can I still have bees?
Yes! Honeybees can fly up to 3-5 miles to get the food they need. So, while flowers close by will benefit and be beneficial, it's not necessary.
What happens in the winter?
Some people are surprised to learn that the honeybee hive can stay in the same location all year long. We continue to care for the bees for as long as you want.