TheBenevolentBee

Handcrafted bee products, from our hives to your home

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts On Etsy since 2012

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TheBenevolentBee

Handcrafted bee products, from our hives to your home

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts | 32 Sales

Announcement    We have a small apiary in Jamaica Plain, MA, where we harvest honey; collect and make things out of beeswax; and observe, learn and teach about bees and bee behavior. The beeswax candles, balms and salves that we sell are made from products we gather from the bees!

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We have a small apiary in Jamaica Plain, MA, where we harvest honey; collect and make things out of beeswax; and observe, learn and teach about bees and bee behavior. The beeswax candles, balms and salves that we sell are made from products we gather from the bees!

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    About TheBenevolentBee

    Sales 32
    On Etsy since 2012

    A family love affair with bees

    Our family has a small apiary in Jamaica Plain, MA, where we harvest honey; collect and make things out of beeswax; and observe, learn and teach about bees and bee behavior. This summer, we will be the caretakers of six hives — some in our backyard, and a few additional hives on other people’s property in Jamaica Plain.

    Right now, the bees are just waking up from their winter slumber. In the winter, bees huddle together to keep warm, and only venture out of the hive out to stretch their wings on the rare warm day. There is no nectar for them to collect in the winter, so they rely on the honey and pollen that they collected and stored during the summer months. The life of the beekeeper in the winter is indoors as well – in the kitchen melting down wax, making candles and other beeswax products, and honey infused culinary delights. Now that the weather has turned, however, we are all heading outside more frequently. The bees have nectar and pollen to collect, and we have to check on them – making sure that they have the space they need, and that they’re healthy and happy. This summer, each hive should produce about 50 pounds of harvestable honey (although if it’s a sunny and bloom filled summer, like last year, they can produce much more – up to 250 pounds!). We will harvest this honey at the end of the summer, making sure to leave enough in the hive for the bees to survive on over the winter. Wax is harvested with the honey, when we crush the honey comb and strain the honey out.

    Using the products of these hives, we run The Benevolent Bee-- you can purchase our small-batch, handcrafted creations at a number of places: here on Etsy, on our website (www.thebenevolentbee.com), in Harvard Square at the honey and bee themed retail store, Follow the Honey, and at the Egleston Square farmers market in Jamaica Plain.

    When we are not in the yard working with the bees or in the kitchen melting wax, we can be found playing with our 1-year old daughter, Clara Madrone, or behind our desks -- Stephanie is the Project Director of Mass Audubon’s Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, an outreach and assistance program that helps community leaders understand, adopt and implement tools for smart growth and sustainable development; Emile works as a postdoctoral fellow in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT doing research on social cognition and conflict resolution.

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      We are beekeepers, passionate about bees and the products of the hive. The products that we sell are made from ingredients we gather from the bees! Creating beautiful items for sale stems from a desire to share our passion for bees with others.

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