Welcome to Hillside Hives



What’s New in the Apiary!

We are in the midst of a flurry of late summer / early fall tasks here at the apiary! Here are some highlights!


Winter Sugar Drive to help feed the bees!!

I love it when our community (both physical and online community!) jumps in to ask what they can do to help the bees. We are looking for sugar donations if you want to help. Look for more information here. Check out how we are doing to reach our 750 pound goal!! Click here to learn how YOU can help!!


How you can donate:

~ Drop off a bag of sugar at our house- it does not matter the size!! If we are not there, put it on the shelf by the mailbox and please let your name and address with the sugar. Nothing fancy either- our bees get the cheap brand of sugar and love it!

~ Wal-Mart gift card- send us an electronic Wal-Mart gift card to mike@hillsidehives.com for either $5, $10 or $15.  We can buy 10, 20 or 30 pounds with these amounts!! It will be used by us to order our sugar online and have it delivered or picked up!

~ PayPal donation– you can donate by clicking on the buttons below which goes directly to our Hillside Hives PayPal account!

Sugar- $5

This will help us buy 10 pounds of sugar




This will help us buy 20 pounds of sugar!



Sugar- $15

This will help us buy 30 pounds of sugar!



Fall Mite Treatments

I purchased a Mightly Mite Thermal treatment device this past spring (thanks to donations from our adopters!!). It is a natural way to kill mites in the hives- which is great because we are an all natural apiary! We treated 10 hives last month and will treat all 25 at the end of this month before it gets to cold here in New Hampshire. I am really liking this natural way to treat for mites!

For more information, here is a link to their website (no affiliation or compensation from this- I just like the product!)

A little about us!

I am a newish beekeeper who jumped into beekeeping with both feet- and I love it! I first became interested when I learned how vital these magnificent creatures are to our environment and society as a whole. Then I learned about their decline and decided we needed to do something about it.


Take a look around the site to see all our happenings here at the Hillside Hives apiary. I make my own beehives and sell them locally, as well as from our place. I also have set-up an adopt-a-bee program so YOU can help save the bees and become a virtual beekeeper- part of what you get (besides knowing you are helping the bees) is video updates of your adopted hive as we do hive checks!


Here is a little about us. Go to the About Us page for our entire story!

Hillside Hives: From an Idea to Reality

We are so fortunate in life to own a small urban farm with tons of gardens and a growing apiary. I had wanted bees for years but did not know an appropriate area on our ~1/4 in-town acreage. I was tapping our maple trees one cold spring day when I had an idea!IMG_1730

I saw the perfect area for bees- well at the time it was a vision of what would be a perfect place but would require some elbow grease!

Check out the rest of our story here!!IMG_0260


One of my favorite past times is to build beehives! I share my plans with other beekeepers so check out my Free Plans Page.  If you appreciate the plans and would like to donate to our apiary, feel free- we appreciate all the support!

Donation to Hillside Hives