Local Buzz Andelsbirøkterlag – Community Supported Beekeeping (CSB)

Next information meeting: 08.02.2021, 16:00-17:00

“We want to build a community around beekeeping, promote local food and facilitate learning about pollinator communities”

About Local Buzz CSB

We are initiating Norway’s first Community Supported Beekeeping (CSB) scheme! Our ambition is to build a community around sustainable beekeeping and honey production in Oslo.

We have been practicing urban beekeeping at Tak for Maten, an award winning rooftop farm at Greenhouse Oslo. Our bees feast on the abundant flowers present in Oslo’s urban landscape, such as Ekeberg, Botanical Gardens, and your gardens and balconies. Thanks to its unique and diverse composition, our honeydew city honey won the silver medal at 2020 NM i Honning!

Our approach to CSB is ‘co-design’. We are pioneering something new and unexplored, therefore we want to develop this initiative together with ‘you‘! We would like to hear your inputs to create a scheme that will be resilient and fun!

Sign-up to our emailing list and like our FB page!

What is Community Supported Beekeeping?

CSB rests on the same principles as Community Supported Agriculture (Andelslandbruk), whereby members sign up and pay in advance to become a shareholder of a bee hive, while the maintenance and care is given by the beekeepers. At the end of the season, honey is shared accordingly among the members of the hive.

Sustainable practices: Responsible to the environment, both for current and future generations, maintaining and promote the health of ecosystems; responsible to the beekeeper by providing a decent livelihood through a prepayment scheme.

Shared risk / shared abundance: You reap the bounty but also share the risk, meaning that everyone benefits when it’s a good season. This mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and the community dates back at least to the 1980s in Japan, where the word for the concept, “teikei,” roughly translates into “food with the farmer’s face on it.” 

Involvement of shareholders: Inviting and encouraging shareholders to be part of the experience by providing the necessary mentorship and supervision, thereby acting as a learning arena.

Dialogue: Allowing shareholders’ input in decision making: what to produce, how much, when, how.. How to engage, when and how..

Transparent finances


Possibilities

Honey tasting at Bygdøy, 2020
Photo credit: Idil Akdos

Honey and wax

As a hive-shareholder you will be enjoying locally, organically and ethically produced honey.  

We will produce three types of honey by harvesting at different times of the season. Last year, our honeydew honey got while the wax will be rendered at the end of the year. Both will be distributed evenly amongst shareholders.

As in other community-supported schemes, we share the abundance as well as the risks!

Oslo Living Lab inspecting hives, 2019
Photo credit: Idil Akdos

Hands-on experiences

Community supported beekeeping gets its power from its genuine and rich community support. We invite and encourage all shareholders who are interested in seeing inside the hives to attend our regular hive inspections!

Do not worry – we have all the protective gear for you: suits and gloves in many different sizes. We will also guide you and supervise you while you’re having a hands-on experience.

If you want to be immersed in the experience deeply, this is also possible. Just contact us and we will try to accommodate your wants and needs!

Beeswax wrap making workshop, 2019
Photo credit: Idil Akdos

Workshops and activities

There are so many things to do around beekeeping. Let’s explore together!

Harvesting! A honey extraction is a full sensory experience that will engage your sense of smell, taste, sight and touch. If you have not experienced honey fresh from the hive you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

Making products like mead, beeswax wraps and beeswax cream is more affordable when done collectively.

Informal hang-outs at Tak for Maten, which is an urban farm oasis and where our hives are located.

Webinars to introduce you to the fundamentals of beekeeping, urban walk&talks to inspire you to look at flowering plants and trees differently!

Covid-19 precautions

Due to Covid-19, we are encouraging participants to bring their own masks. Our class sizes is reduced to 4, and we will be holding the experience sessions in an outdoor setting. We will make gloves and hand sanitiser available for use, as well as a full protective jacket which will be used during field learning. Members are encouraged to let us know if they have any other preferences or requirements for their comfort in this regard and we will do our best to accommodate where possible.

Membership Packages

Basic Membership

Hands-on Membership

Company Membership

School Visit Membership

Basic Membership: 1500 NOK

This membership includes a basic hive-share whereby you will get 2-3 different types of honey throughout the season. On average one hive yields 30 kg of honey in a season. We are assigning one hive to this type of membership, hence there is limited space. Included in the package are:

  • 2-3 different types of honey. Estimated amount: 2.5 kg of honey
  • Webinar: ‘Introduction to beekeeping’. In this 1.5 hour seminar, you will be immersed in a wide range of information from the biology of bees to using materials and tools properly. As a result, you will get acquainted with the hive community and how to get started with your hive. After this webinar, you will feel more confident about being hands-on around a beehive.
    • Topics covered:
      • The community inside the hive
      • Beekeeping equipment, tools and protocols
      • Seasons and changes of life inside the hive
      • Resources and support tools for new beekeepers!
  • Workshop: ‘Honey Harvest’: Extracting honey from frames into jars is a full sensory experience that will engage your sense of smell, taste, sight and touch.
    • This will be a series of weekday and weekend event (might change) and will last around 3-4 hours. Attending the full event is recommended but we will try to accommodate your needs.
    • We will harvest honey-full frames and take them into the extraction room inside the building. Zero carbon footprint!
    • You will get sticky! But as a reward, you will experience honey fresh from the hive. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!
  • Social events at Tak for Maten, the award winning rooftop farm where our hives are located.

Hands-on Membership: 2800 NOK

This membership includes one hive-share, monthly hands-on experiences for one person and attendance to two workshops whereby you will get 2-3 different types of honey throughout the season and learn about beekeeping through practice. Included in the package are:

  • 2-3 different types of honey. Estimated amount: 2.5 kg.
  • Webinar: ‘Introduction to beekeeping’. In this 1.5 hour seminar, you will be immersed in a wide range of information from the biology of bees to using materials and tools properly. As a result, you will get acquainted with the hive community and how to get started with your hive. After this webinar, you will feel more confident about being hands-on around a beehive.
    • Topics covered:
      • The community inside the hive
      • Beekeeping equipment, tools and protocols
      • Seasons and changes of life inside the hive
      • Resources and support tools for new beekeepers!
  • Monthly hands-on experiences between April-October around beekeeping and learning as we practice together. This will be done in groups of 4.
    • Each experience is on average 1.5-2 hours, in which we will get dressed, open the hives and inspect according to the season’s needs and tend to the hives under the guidance and supervision of your beekeeper. As we open the hives, numerous learning moments will emerge.
    • For first-time beekeepers, it is very important that you attend the webinar. This way, you will be feeling comfortable opening a hive and performing inspections.
    • A beehive inspection protocol document will be sent out to you to familiarise yourself with the routine!
    • A planning spreadsheet will be shared where you can sign-up for available spots.
  • Workshop: ‘Honey Harvest’: Extracting honey from frames into jars is a full sensory experience that will engage your sense of smell, taste, sight and touch.
    • This will be a series of weekday and weekend event (might change) and will last around 3-4 hours. Attending the full event is recommended but we will try to accommodate your needs.
    • We will harvest honey-full frames and take them into the extraction room inside the building. Zero carbon footprint!
    • You will get sticky! But as a reward, you will experience honey fresh from the hive. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!
  • Workshop: ‘Beeswax Wrap Making’ or another one of your choice
  • Social events at Tak for Maten, the award winning rooftop farm where our hives are located.

Company Membership: Customised

This membership includes your chosen combination of the perks below for a desired number of people from your company! Contact us at idil@nabolagshager.no to explore a membership together.

  • 2-3 different types of honey.
  • Webinar: ‘Introduction to beekeeping’
  • Monthly hands-on experiences between April-October around beekeeping and learning as we practice together. This will be done in groups of 4.
  • Workshop: ‘Honey Harvest’
  • Workshop: ‘Beeswax Wrap Making’ or another one of your choice
  • Social events at Tak for Maten, the award winning rooftop farm where our hives are located
  • Use of the rooftop for your company for your social event
  • Urban walk & talk: Pollinators and seasonal nectar sources
  • Social media mentions

School Visit Membership: Customised

This membership combines a classroom visit to our garden and an inspection of the hives in groups of 4 with the guidance and supervision of our beekeeper. We will provide the suits! Contact as at idil@nabolagshager.no to explore a membership together.

Now what?

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and choose a package. This is also how you will get updates from our side.
  2. Make your payment (bank transfer through an invoice) and become a formal member!
  3. We will start our practices in April. For this, we will start planning in March. You will be informed about how you can join the activities through emails and on our FB page & group.
  4. Thanks for being a part of this new initiative! Please contact idil@nabolagshager.no for your questions and ideas. We appreciate your inputs and look forward to having a fruitful season together! 🙂