Tuesday, 15 July 2014


The Hive has had bit of a break for the past month or so, while Ray went back to the UK to work at Glastonbury festival with the Greenpeace crew.
But there have been several wonderful house sitters here and the place is looking amazing. Giant courgettes, beans-a-plenty and juicy strawberries are all ready for harvesting and there are hundreds of green tomatoes about to turn.
We are happy to announce that the documentation for the cooperative is all ready to be signed. This is a great leap forward and a very exciting one. But in order for this to happen, we need some financial help with the legal fees. Check out our new crowdfunding application.
One of the friends that stayed here last month seemed to know telepathically what the most important building job was, and got on with it of his own accord. There is now a brand new lintel over the door of one of the most crumbling of ruins, and that’s served to kick-start us into the next venture: that of repairing the ruin.
Which brings us back to the Greenpeace crew. We are putting together a budget to cover the cost of the renovation and with a little bit of help from our ever-gracious investors, we are hoping to lure this highly skilled and motivated group of people over to help. Some help has already been offered, but we can always do with more.
And that’s where you, dear reader, come in. Can you help? We are looking for help with the funds, which are estimated at £10,000. To make this money, we are on the lookout for new investors or people to fundraise on our behalf. So, if you or anyone you know has the relevant skills, please get in touch, or share this page with friends and family.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Bee Happy Crowdfund

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bee-happy/x/7156662#home

Yipppeee!


Hello bee lovers,

While volunteers were clearing some land at the Hive, we came across some abandoned bee boxes! Yipppeee!

This is great news as it’s given us two active swarms and has provided an up and running work site.
Our plan is to use the money you have donated to move the bees into these new boxes. That will allow us to spend the remainder of the target on training courses and outreach. We still have a lot of equipment to buy too, so please keep sharing the details of our crowdfunding application.

Last week we also managed to buy our first adult and children’s beekeeping suits, as well as some wax, several books for the library and other materials. The Hive is truly buzzing!

We are very happy with these achievements. We have raised more than half of our target so a massive thank you to all who have donated. However, the second half of a crowdfunding application is always slower than the first half so this is the most important time to donate and get involved. Please keep caring and sharing!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

waggle dance with the hive

It’s been another busy week here at the Hive. We now have weekly yoga sessions with Laura on a Tuesday at 11am, and they are proving popular. We have also been liaising with Pedro, who plans to start teaching the martial art haidong gumgo. There will be a one hour demonstration here on Tuesday 27th May at 7pm. Lessons will commence the following week at 6pm. Exciting stuff!

We have now raised a quarter of our crowdfunding target. We have asked for £1000 in order to begin running beekeeping workshops and outreach sessions in the local area. It’s our intention to help the bees as well as engaging in local community activities. But we can’t do it without support, so once again, please share our first crowdfunding application as widely as you can: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bee-happy/x/7156662#home

And please check out this movie to get you in the mood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUqq3DhEeZQ

Waggle Dance with the Hive!

It’s been another busy week here at the Hive. We now have weekly yoga sessions with Laura on a Tuesday at 11am, and they are proving popular. We have also been liaising with Pedro, who plans to start teaching the martial art haidong gumgo. There will be a one hour demonstration here on Tuesday 27th May at 7pm. Lessons will commence the following week at 6pm. Exciting stuff!

We have now raised a quarter of our crowdfunding target. We have asked for £1000 in order to begin running beekeeping workshops and outreach sessions in the local area. It’s our intention to help the bees as well as engaging in local community activities. But we can’t do it without support, so once again, please share our first crowdfunding application as widely as you can: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bee-happy/x/7156662#home

And please check out this movie to get you in the mood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUqq3DhEeZQ

Thursday, 8 May 2014

beee happy

The Hive has recently launched its first crowdfunding campaign, and we’d like to say a big thank you to those who have already supported us. We are asking for a total of £1000, so that we can set up Plan Bee, a local initiative to provide free or low cost bee keeping workshops and practical advice. We have already raised £210, which is more than 20% of our target, so a special thank you to those donators. To achieve our objective, we need your help. Sharing our details with groups, forums and businesses you have contact with would be really useful, as this won’t work unless the information is seen by as many people as possible. Please take a look:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bee-happy/x/7156662#home
www.thehiveportugal.org
The minimum donation is £10, but the average is £25. To put it simply, the more you donate, the quicker we reach our target! If you can’t donate but would still like to help, please share this link, tell your friends about our project, and most of all, bee happy!
All the best,
Ray Mundo

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Hive - Crowdfunding Bee Happy!


A nossa nova e excitante aventura!
Para conseguirmos atingir o nosso objectivo, precisamos da vossa ajuda, partilhem o link com o maior número de pessoas possivel e peçam-lhes também para partilhar. Podem sugerir-nos outras formas de promover este projecto? Forums? Revistas? Grupos ou organizações semelhantes?
Usem dois minutos do vosso tempo para nos ajudar a financiar o nosso projecto de apicultura:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bee-happy#home
Siga-nos no Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehiveportugal
Obrigado por toda a vossa ajuda e apoio!

Our new and exciting adventure!
For us to succeed and meet the target, we need your help, sharing the link with as many people as possible and asking them to share as well.
Can you suggest other ways to promote this? Forums? Magazines? Groups or similar organizations?
Use two minutes of your time to help us finance our plan Bee:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bee-happy#home
Follow-us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehiveportugal
Thanks for all your help and support!




Sunday, 27 April 2014

Plan Bee

We are shutting down this blog, so please follow us on our new address:
http://thehiveportugal.org

Also join us on Facebook page or group:
http://www.facebook.com/thehiveportugal
http://www.facebook.com/groups/thehiveportugal

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

We are happy that several families have visited over the last few weeks and that some are planning on coming back in July, with the view of staying on a longer term basis. We are getting the support of more and more skilled visitors who share our views and who are considering residency.
This is an exciting time for us and it feels as though we are beginning to reap the benefits of all our hard work. Word of mouth is really the best way to spread the news so please keep buzzing about the bees! Don’t forget to check out our facebook page: the Hive. We are currently recruiting a group of willing helpers to come and help us regenerate the Hive, between 30th April to 10th May.
Hope to see you then!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

BEE HAPPY!


Last week we achieved more than we hoped and the session culminated in a beautiful mind map of some of the things the Hive stands for (see picture).

We managed to create a new accounting system, meaning we will be better able to control budgets, and we agreed on a name for our cooperative: The Hive - Cultural Activities Cooperative, CRL , shortened to the Hive Cooperative.

Our mission statement is:

To promote cultural eco-friendly activities for the development of the local community.

We have started looking into crowd funding and are keen to get started, so please get in touch if you know anyone who has had success in this area.

We started our first talks with local bee experts on setting up bee courses. In the future we will take bee products from our hives, taking us to the very essence of what we believe: that the food found in nature is there for us to sustain and satisfy us.

Bee hives give us a perfect example of what aim to do: to use our local environment to provide us with food. In the future we will produce and distribute delicious products each month, including chestnuts, mushrooms, olive oil, fruit and vegetables.

Keep it local. We encourage people to sell their goods through the co-op, thereby supporting growers in the 100km radius of the Hive, and giving healthy, ethical choices to shoppers in the wider community.