Patreon

Patreon is a membership crowdfunding platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service. It allows creators and artists to earn a monthly income by providing exclusive rewards and perks to their subscribers, or “patrons”.

Why patreon?

I have been wanting to expand my sustainable beekeeping information and support to a wider audience for some time, but am limited geographically as I live on the south coast of England. I considered a YouTube channel but the difficulty with that is that the revenue is from ads, which I didn’t want. In any case, I was more interested in building a community as there is so little provision for this in the standard beekeeping membership channels. Lockdown inspired me to investigate alternatives to face-to-face tuition, and led me to Patreon.

The different tiers mean I can offer a variety of content and patrons can shift between tiers as they see fit, meaning they can tailor the level of content and instruction to their needs.

The new Associate tier enables people to learn what goes on with bees in real time, with real hives, so they can either just enjoy the updates, or learn more about what happens when before embarking on beekeeping themselves.

For more information about the tiers, please see my main Patreon page.

About me

I have been keeping bees since 2009, and my background in agriculture, earth sciences, and natural history has led me to see beekeeping as a way of connecting with the landscape in a way no other interest can. I have a fascination with feral – particularly tree-dwelling – colonies as they have proven their ability to survive without intervention.

founder wayward beekeeper

£3

(+vat) per month

Thank you for supporting me in bringing Sustainable Beekeeping to a wider audience! On this tier you will receive

  • full access to archive of beekeeping material and content 
  • monthly apiary updates
  • seasonal reminders
  • access to Q&A sessions
  • links and articles on treatment-free beekeeping
  • useful tips and guidance on sustainable beekeeping
  • information on supporting native pollinators
Wayward beekeeper

£5

(+vat) per month

This tier is for both new and existing beekeepers who are wanting to access resources about sustainable and apicentric beekeeping.

  • monthly apiary updates
  • seasonal reminders
  • links and articles on treatment-free beekeeping
  • useful tips and guidance on sustainable beekeeping
  • video content with instructional and educational content
  • apiary visits
  • contribute to Q&A sessions
  • information on supporting native pollinators
  • after 3 months of patronage, a Sustainable Beekeeping poster
  • access to online courses at a reduced rate
associate wayward beekeeper

£20

(+vat) per month

This tier is also for both new and existing beekeepers who are wanting to access resources about sustainable and apicentric beekeeping.

  • access to everything in the other tiers
  • a chance to ‘try before you buy’ – learning about what is involved before committing to beekeeping
  • Instructional videos covering the basics and more advanced topics in detail
  • I will showcase the different types of hive so you can decide which one may be for you: Warré, Horizontal Top Bar, National, WBC
  • enjoy the benefits of beekeeping and gaining a greater understanding of bees even if you can’t keep them yourself
  • if you already keep bees, I can provide an online/virtual mentoring service to guide you with your bees remotely
  • you will also be supporting me in my endeavours to create a sustainable beekeeping community which encourages sympathetic and sustainable care of these fascinating creatures
  • access to online courses for free

wayward bee

Providing support and information about sustainable beekeeping in all hive types and for any level of experience.

Do you have any questions about Patreon?

waywardbeecourses@gmail.com

(01323) 842253

07803 744368