"The day it went over five grand I felt this sense of relief and excitement," said the 2006 Hercules High School graduate.
Jorgensen now plans to finish the paperwork he needs to complete with the city as well as an insurance company. He still needs approval from city officials to install the bee colonies in the garden.
If he gets approval, Jorgensen can start buying materials and start building the 10 hives he plans for the Hercules garden. He hopes to have those hives completed by December to catch the blooming season for eucalyptus trees and manzanita plants.
Jorgensen has 11 hives now in Hercules and Walnut Creek and hopes to eventually have 50 hives in various locations.