Every year we engage the services of a very nice man in Vernon who brings hives to the orchards on which we grow fruit trees.  The hives are brought at night, or early in the morning, while the bees are inactive.  The little white boxes that he bees call home are placed strategically in the orchard to allow them to fly (mostly) downhill after they have worked their magic.  We try to co-ordinate hive placement with neighbouring orchardists to achieve an economy of scale, hoping to maximize the benefit to all (including the bees).  Did you know that one hive of honey bees has approximately 45,000 inhabitants?