While our network of pollinators live and work in many places around the US and around the world, the Beehive’s home base is in Down East Maine.
Since the early 2000s we’ve been involved in many local initiatives in the town of Machias, located way up the Maine coast about an hour from the border with New Brunswick, Canada. We offer housing and work space for bees in a historic home in the middle of town (the Clark Perry House, built in 1867), and we welcome visitors, volunteers, and artists-in-residence. We maintain the Machias Valley Grange Hall as a community cultural center, donate poster designs to local events, and host the annual Blackfly Ball during the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival weekend in mid-August.
Recently we’ve partnered with Axiom Technologies to transform the 3rd floor of the old 5 & 10 building in our downtown into a community arts center and print shop with shared studios and meeting space, with the vision of many groups and individuals collaborating to run the space together.
We are also in the beginning stages of renovating the building across from the Grange Hall to become a community kitchen, inspired by the original agricultural roots of the Grange. As part of the kitchen project, we’re currently working on a community garden effort modeled after the Victory Gardens movement, when communities rallied together to grow lots of their own food and increase local food security.