A loan of $5,000 helped purchase hive boxes, a honey extractor and meet the financial demands of growing our home-based Cottage Food Operation into a commercial honey company.


David's story

I grew up in central Illinois, ignoring some of the richest farmland in the world. Across the street from my house, literally right across Race St., were vast fields of corn and soybeans. I barely noticed them. My interest in agriculture was limited to the family garden, which I hoped my mother would not ask me to weed.

Instead of plants, I liked old movies and documentaries. After film school, I was fortunate to start my career writing a paleontology series for the Discovery channel. Since then, I've scripted and produced hundreds of hours of TV for Animal Planet, Food Network and History Channel, among others. It's an endlessly fascinating job, since I get to learn about new subjects every day. It's also sedentary, requiring long hours at the computer, reviewing even longer hours of video footage.

Last year, while researching colony collapse disorder and the challenges facing honey bees, I made a huge creative leap, "Like the insects and people I'm writing about, I could go outdoors." I turned off my monitor, and I leaped even further, "Even though I live in the city of Los Angeles, I can play a part in the natural world."

When I moved a bee hive into the yard, my sons, 7 and 9 at the time, were my biggest supporters. It made perfect sense to them that we'd have 50,000 stinging insects in our back yard. (Although we've only been stung a couple of times, really!) After one friend heard we had bees, he said, "hold on, I'll give you the number of a great exterminator." That was a pretty typical reaction when we first got started.

Pretty soon, however, I discovered hundreds of passionate (and mostly clandestine) urban beekeepers all over Los Angeles. Clubs like Honeylove.org formed to support city bees and the people who give them homes. And of course, there's the honey.

After our first harvest, my kids set up a little farm stand to sell our backyard honey to the neighbors. Once they sold out, we went to other beekeepers in the area to re-stock, and at our next sale Buzzed Honeys was born. (Yes, the kids picked the name.)



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About Buzzed Honeys

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: 6 months - 1 year
Website: buzzedhoneys.com

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