4 More Days to Go!
It's been a busy couple of weeks for Bike·a·Bee. Even though we're funded we are still getting pledges daily, and for that I am so grateful! Every bit over the goal will help sustain our hives and expand our educational reach through out Chicago!
A few new exciting things:
1. We're making friends! Two awesome women from Minneapolis contacted me with their project Community Bees on Bikes. It looks like we hit on the same idea at the same time! I was so excited to get in touch with them… I want to see bicycle-powered beekeeping and bee education in every city in the WORLD. Please check out Kristy and Erin's project, like them on Facebook and show them your support. Also, keep an eye out for possible future team-ups and visits to eachother's apiaries!
We also met the Beebuds, a fantastic crew of scrappy and youthful beekeepers up on the far northwest side of Chicago. They will be building some top-bar style hives for us and, well, I am just stoked to have met them!
2. We have some exciting partnerships with bicycle-minded businesses in Chicago and the Midwest at large. Firstly, Bikes at Work reached out to us and will be providing us with a bike trailer that will suit our needs perfectly! We're also partnering with Chicago Cargo in spring to deliver the hives and bees to their new community garden homes. Here's a great article about him on GRID Chicago. I was worried that at this step we'd have to use a car, but NOPE! We're keeping it on bike! And lastly, Grinderman Coffee is going to be donating all of their untreated burlap bags to us for use in our bee smokers. I am SO happy to build these partnerships and work to promote their growth!
3. By the time the Kickstarter ends we will (hopefully) have all of our hive locations confirmed! We will have hives as far north as Roscoe Ave, as far west as Pulaski Ave, and as far south as 46th! This will be a huuuge expanse, but we're ready to go the distance! Over the summer my awesome team of videographers and I are going to film a webisode at each hive site so you'll get the opportunity to know your local farmers.
All right! So in about 4 days your credit cards will be charged and we're gonna start placing orders for equipment and getting your gifts ready to ship! What can you do in the mean-time? Keep the "buzz" going! Keep tabs on us via Facebook where we've been posting neat things and updates. Also, we've updated our PRESS page!That's it for now, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN GREAT! I could not have done this without your support, both financially and spiritually. Never stop being awesome! Go team!
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You'll receive a big thank-you on our website as well as be signed up for our email list! (All reward levels get you signed up for our email list.)Estimated delivery:
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All of the above rewards plus: You'll get a hand-written thank-you note on one of our Bike·a·Bee postcards!Estimated delivery:
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All of the above rewards plus: We'll send you a 4-pack of some sweet Bike·a·Bee stickers, along with your very own unique hand-drawn bee, complete with its own story.Estimated delivery:
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All of the above rewards plus: You'll receive a limited-edition silk-screened Bike·a·Bee poster designed and illustrated by me and printed by our partners at Reuse First (http://reusefirst.com).Estimated delivery:
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-- New Pledge Level! -- You get all of the above, plus a 4oz jar of our raw honey, straight from the Bike·a·Bee hives!Estimated delivery:
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We'll hand-paint your name on one of our hives! You'll know which hive, where it resides, and have a picture for proof. You'll also receive the thank-you note, stickers, drawing, and poster.Estimated delivery:
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Attention bike shops - sponsor my trailer! I'm going to need to purchase a bike trailer for my trusted steed. If you're a bike shop or bike nut, please consider this sponsorship level. In addition to the thank-you note, stickers, drawing, and poster, your name and logo will be featured prominently on the Bike·a·Bee website and bike trailer - free advertising as I haul honey frames around the city!Estimated delivery:
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-- New Pledge Level! -- You get all of the above, plus a lifetime 20% discount on our raw honey, straight from the Bike·a·Bee hives!Estimated delivery:
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We'll make you a superintendent! You'll be the "superintendent" of a honey super, the part of the hive where bees store honey. Your name will be featured prominently on the super, and you'll receive information about your hive, where it resides, and have a picture for proof. What's more, after our first honey harvest, you'll get an 8 oz. jar of raw honey! You'll also receive the thank-you note, stickers, drawing, and poster.Estimated delivery:
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Adopt-a-Hive! You will get monthly updates on your adopted hive, queen bee naming rights, and, if you're local, the opportunity to check-in on your hive with us. What's more, after our first honey harvest, you'll get an 12 oz. jar of raw honey! You'll also receive the thank-you note, stickers, drawing, and poster.Estimated delivery:
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