2017 was a tumultuous year for The Carolina Bee Company. We lost more bees than is typical. And then we consolidated a lot of hives and reduced the number of outyards. Plus we are expanding into other farming activities. Finally, Monica (beekeeper #1) entered the non-farming workforce and became a Real Estate agent, while Todd (beekeeper #2) exited the corporate world and is now trying to figure out what to do with this farm.
That's a lot of turmoil. After 14 years of beekeeping, Monica was burning out because the bee operation was largely on her shoulders. She still assists and makes all those awesome products, but... no more festivals, conventions, farmers markets for her! Todd on the other hand was burning out working in the corporate tech world, exited a very stressful career, and has been taking some time off to reassess.
So what next? We are not sure.
Product creation continues. We regularly receive orders and fill them. And we thank you. We still think we make the best candles, soaps, balms, and more.
Honey bee breeding, package and nuc sales, are on pause. The apiary needs to recover and we still need to determine our focus. Which brings us to the next point...
This is a multi-species farm now. We are raising bees, ducks, chickens, and sheep. We are considering experimenting with produce as well. But this is all an experiement. We are no longer really just "The Carolina Bee Company." We are a generalized farm. So we need a name change, or shift, or... something. We haven't figured this out yet. We have come up with, reviewed, and rejected hundreds of farm names and right now have come up empty. Maybe that is apropos considering everything we are doing is a grand experiment at the moment.
So, that's where we are. A bit unfocused and in rebuild mode. Please be patient. We haven't been as responsive as we should be and hope to have some clear direction... eventually.
-the beekeepers (and shepherds, and duck-herds, and chicken-herders, and...)