Buddha Bee Apiary began in 2014 with 1 hive and a passion to share the art of beekeeping.
Justin Maness - The Beekeeper
Justin Maness, the beekeeper, began working with honeybees right out of college. From NC State University, Justin began researching the link between pesticide use and honeybee mortality. It was through this experience that he gained an appreciation for beekeeping stewardship as well as a better understanding of what environmental challenges our pollinators are up against.
From there he joined the team of a small start-up company, Bee Downtown, where he got to manage 100+ urban city hives for businesses all across the triangle. This allowed him to work in the community and practice his craft while working to make a positive impact in the community.
Now he is continuing his journey with Buddha Bee Apiary. Through the Host-A-Hive program and honey tasting events around the triangle, Buddha Bee is continuing to grow and always looking for more ways it can integrate into the community to teach, advocate, and grow the honeybee population.
Schuyler DeBree - Marketing/Communications
“I first met Justin when I interviewed him as a part of a senior project for my Sustainability Engagement Certificate at Duke. I was blown away by Justin’s genuine passion for beekeeping, and for doing good in the Durham community. When he reached out a year later to see if I would like to help further develop Buddha Bee Apiary, I was honored and excited to be a part of something I believe in so deeply – local sustainable business.
I believe that businesses have the potential to generate immense value for the environment and society, along with the economy. As an Environmental Science and Policy major at Duke, I focused on creative solutions to environmental challenges, including entrepreneurship, art, and design. I studied corporate responsibility mechanisms in my senior Honors Thesis, which concentrated on the use of certifications in the Kenyan tea industry. I have worked with multiple other sustainably-minded businesses, including STOKE Certified, Greenglasses, the Bulldega Market, and the Clark Environmental Education Lab. As the Marketing and Communications Consultant for Buddha Bee Apiary, I am excited to apply my knowledge of sustainable business to help maximize the company’s potential for positive impact. I am truly buzzing ☺, and I look forward to sharing that feeling (and some delicious honey). “