Tuesday, 26 August 2014

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Hello again folks,

Just a quick note to remind you that time is ticking on being able to help our cause...we really do appreciate any donation, no matter how small. Crowdfunding is a clever way of funding small projects, but for bigger ideas we need a bigger base from which to work, so you helping us to get our message out there is almost as important as donating.

Please send a quick email introducing the project to people you think might be able to help. Or even more importantly, take a few moments to share the link with groups and projects with similar intentions.

Have a great week!
 
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Monday, 25 August 2014

The Hive Cooperative

 

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Dear friends,
The Hive would like to say big thank you to those who have supported our new crowdfunding application. We have already raised £125, which is a great start, but we need more help to achieve our current objective of raising £1000. If you haven't been able to donate yet, please check out our page:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-hive-cooperative

If we don't raise enough funds to register the cooperative, the money will have to come out of the budget we use to feed volunteers. Any amount donated is greatly appreciated.

Crowdfunding can only work if the information is seen by lots of people, so if you can't afford to donate but would still like to help, please rack your brain and send a quick email introducing the project to people you think might be able to help. Or take a few moments to share the link with groups and projects with similar intentions.
Have a great week,
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Buzzing at the Hive

Despite the lack of sunshine, the Hive has been a-buzz this week with volunteers who together have managed to get some of the old beds weeded and planted up with vegetables once again. The tomatoes and sunflowers are going strong, and this morning we picked two boxes of pears from one over-laden tree.

But as summer moves on we need to be realistic and start thinking about the future. The four coldest months of winter are traditionally quite harsh here in the mountains, so this year we are making a real drive to improve facilities, making it a more comfortable place for long term volunteers and permanent residents to be.

One of our main projects is renovating the adega, or downstairs storage room, into a comfortable living space. We are in talks with local people who will help to put in a floor and fix the rocket stove, and this space will also house an indoor kitchen.

Another ongoing project is to finish off the office. We are in the process of improving the renewable energy system, which will work more efficiently, giving us more battery power in a more user friendly way. Windows and doors are also a priority.

The third project, hugely ambitious, is to start rebuilding another house at the start of September. This would be dependent on whether or not we can complete the first two projects.

This week we have spent a lot of time discussing these issues, and we think we have come up with the start of a workable plan on how to get things done. These projects all require money and so in the coming weeks we will be looking into possible fundraising ideas. This would be a great time for new investors to get involved. The lovely Abby will be joining us in September, and with her wealth of experience in fundraising, we expect to be able to go at least a little way to achieving these goals.

We are now looking for two or three hardy people who don’t mind a bit of mud and rain to spend all or part of the winter here. So if you think you or one of your mates is up for it, please get in touch as soon as you can.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

We’ve been very fortunate to have lots of people staying here at the Hive this week and it’s all felt very multi-national, with Scots, Italians, Portuguese, French and English. It’s invaluable to have people staying here at this time of year, and the gardens are looking better and better. It’s also really nice to have people to enjoy the harvest with. We are still inundated with courgettes, tomatoes and other salad crops...even the strawberries are still going strong! Mealtimes have been lively affairs and the hills have rung to the sound of children’s voices. This is our long-term vision for the Hive, and it’s been great to have that vision re-affirmed.

We are also glad to welcome a family who are staying on a one year trial period. This is an important time for us to see how this could work and we are excited about the forthcoming weeks. We are still very open to other individuals staying on a long-term basis. Friends of friends and people that have been here before at this (hot) time of year are especially welcome.

Please note, the only way you can keep updated about the Hive by email is to go to the website and click 'follow' at the bottom of the homepage. Otherwise you can join our facebook group. And, as always, don’t forget to spread the word!

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