Two Hives Honey began with a gal who wanted to embark on a beekeeping adventure, but didn’t have the backyard space to house her hive. A good friend and neighbor recognized the benefits the honey bees would bring to his beautiful backyard garden and offered me a bit of space to install a few hives. That spring, along with a friend, I built and installed two hives in our new partner’s backyard. I was fascinated how the honey harvest not only differed significantly from that of other hives only a short distance away, but also had dramatically different flavor profiles in the spring and fall. An idea sprung, and I decided to further the community model by establishing mutually beneficial partnerships to site hives throughout the Austin area.
However, what started started as a small honey company has evolved into so much more. Each time I told someone about the new venture, the questions about the status of our bees and what folks could do to help always followed. I then realized that our community was motivated and inspired to learn more and help, but didn’t know how to engage. I began offering hive tours, beekeeping classes, and our HoneyHomes program to help others discover the fulfilling hobby of beekeeping. A chance lecture on solitary bees would inspire my BeeBuilders kit, intended to teach our community about the importance of solitary bees.