Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The gardens are looking great and we are inundated with courgettes this week. It’s hard to feel disappointed when the sun is shining so brightly, but the lack of response from our new crowdfunding application is a bit disheartening. We realise we missed a couple of opportunities because of techy reasons, missing links and so on, and feel that we have learned a lot about how NOT to do things .

It’s not too late to save our application! There are a few days to go, so now is the right time to help. For those who can support our campaign, please do so before midnight on 2nd August. It’s a very worthwhile cause, and since the cooperative papers have been signed already, time is ticking on getting it registered. All involved are raring to go: this is the final hurdle, so we are very keen to see it happen.

With the beekeeping workshop, we have already seen how beneficial Rossaio can be to the local community. We have tons of ideas of projects we can run under the banner of the cooperative and are itching to get going.

Time is running out to be a part of this, but if it’s not been possible for you to support us in the past and you feel you’d like to help, there are still a few days left. We want to make the cooperative live as soon as possible. Your money will definitely help us to achieve far more than we have already, so please give the most you can. Help to show the strength of our support network and encourage more donations! And don’t forget to share the link with likeminded nature lovers.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Busy Bees

What a week! Yesterday we got together to sign the final papers for the Hive Rossaio Cooperative of Cultural Activities. It feels good to have finally reached this point. And on Sunday we held our first ever beekeeping workshop, hosted by Kevin. The day was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all ten participants.

The following is an account written by Laura.

“I had a great day on Sunday. Kevin is a brilliant teacher, and his deep knowledge of and love for bees shines through as he speaks. We began by learning the basics of the colony, how these social insects interact with one another and different parts of the beehive. But the highlight of the day was donning our suits and heading for the hives themselves. The honey season is nearing its end, and we were lucky enough to see full frames of honey, ready for extraction in just a few weeks time. We spotted the queen in one hive, as well as several drones, which we had already learned how to identify. After a delicious shared lunch, we watched a documentary and Kevin answered the many questions we had. I came away feeling a little bit closer to the bees, and very inspired to get my own hives.”

This workshop was made possible by the generous contributions made during our last Bee Happy crowdfunding application, and we are already planning the next one. It will have to be timed wisely, as the season is nearly over, but hopefully the next group will get the chance to watch the honey being extracted. Anyone interested in participating should get in touch: It’s free!

Bees are beautiful, and their very being makes people want to give. But it’s going to be the cooperative legal framework that turns all of our hopes and dreams into reality. So our current crowdfunding focus is to raise money to go towards registration, legal and running fees of the cooperative. Time is running out to be a part of this, but if it’s not been possible for you to support us in the past and you feel you’d like to help, there are still 12 days left. We want to make the cooperative live as soon as possible. Your money will definitely help us to achieve far more than we have already, so please give the most you can...even minimum donations (£10) show the strength of our support network and encourage more donations. And don’t forget to share the link with likeminded nature lovers. Don’t underestimate your own power!



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

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