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. By decentralizing the bees and utilizing all natural and organic beekeeping practices, my goal is to provide optimal conditions for healthy hives and introduce the community to micro-harvests of honey reflecting their neighborhood's distinct forage.
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.
Stay tuned for more opportunities on how you can get involved to support our smallest pollinators. I have big plans, and I hope you will come along for the adventure.
Tara Chapman is our founder and owner. Tara is a native Texan, born and raised in the small West Texas town of Smyer. After high school she moved to East Coast, but after 13 years, she raced back to Texas to satisfy a longing for Texas BBQ, breakfast tacos, and mild winters. Tara’s fascination with bees began with an 8th grade science unit on the workings of a colony. Tara’s favorite way to eat honey is on top of a banana with a bit of cinnamon and peanut butter!
After retiring in 2012 after 38 years as a nurse practitioner, Brown and her sister headed to Austin for a new life and a new adventure and to be close to 2 great nieces: Beatrix and Frannie. Always fascinated with bees it was only natural to look and find Two Hives Honey and Tara to learn more and actually become a beekeeper. My loves include rescue dogs Vinnie and Abby and my rescue cat Aly, reading, sewing, gardening and helping with animal rescue as much as possible.
Lucy Westphal hails from the UK but grew up out west. After working in the film industry for 10 years in New York and Los Angeles, she followed her passion and began working for social and environmental justice. Her 3 year old niece Minnow is an avid beekeeper and inspired Lucy to follow the bees… Lucy is a vegan and loves animals, especially her rescue dog Roo.
Sarah Denman has happily called Austin, Texas home since early childhood. She enjoys nature, hiking, and playing outside. Her hobbies include reading, playing soccer, crocheting, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves to talk about nutrition and is passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As a wife, and mother of three, life is full, and she stays busy keeping up with her family’s numerous interests.