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Priscilla E., Founder + Beekeeper

Priscilla E., Made By Bees Founder + Beekeeper

Brockville, ON

What started as a small collaboration with community partners has blossomed into the lively MADE BY BEES we know today. MADE BY BEES, Founder + Beekeeper Priscilla, is a beekeeper whose shift towards sustainability has led to functional and minimal waste creations. Taking steps together to save our bees, the planet, and your food. MADE BY BEES is located on a pesticide-free property just outside of Brockville, Ontario where bees can enjoy natural plants, flowers, and trees.

Where did the inspiration for your business come from?

In 2012 my son got beehives and I started beekeeping with him. I quickly became enticed by the hum of the hives and the deliciousness of the product. Beekeeping became a part of my routine, even when my son’s hobby ended. I shared our honey with friends, and slowly began creating things bee-related.

What is the best part of what you do and why?

I absolutely love working with my bees. When I am working in the apiary the world stops moving; it’s just me and the mellow thrum of beehives. Collectively as a single-minded entity, each bee works with fierce purpose. Honeybees remind me “we’re all in this together.”

Collectively as a single-minded entity, bees work with fierce purpose. Honeybees remind me “we’re all in this together.”

Priscilla E., Made By Bees Founder + Beekeeper

Brockville, ON

What is your favourite component to your workspace and why?

Since my business is home-based and I live on a farm I can enjoy the contemplative stillness instilled by nature. Large windows line the backside of the house, which faces the field adjacent to the apiary. As I work away in that room, I can imagine the bees tirelessly foraging away. Complete by the sounds of bleating goats and trains rushing in the distance, I feel quite fulfilled in my workspace!

What advice would you give to an aspiring entrepreneur?

The idea, which you have, will absolutely become a reality — but you must be ready for this idea to change. Through the inspiration of the marketplace and the influence of your mentors your idea will morph into something even more beautiful and desirable.