About the Honey and the Process
Black Bee Honey comes from Dadant & Sons in High Springs, FL, one of the top businesses in the beekeeping field.
There are six different kinds of honey, including:
- Saw Palmetto
- Sourwood (seasonal)
- Orange Blosom
- Tupelo (seasonal)
Black Bee Honey employees jar and label the honey at the Dr. J.B. Callahan Neighborhood Center in Parramore, a facility approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The honey is sold at the local Parramore farmers market by youth who live in Parramore, making this a true neighborhood business. Vendor space at the Parramore Farmers Market is donated in-kind to PKZ.
The mission of Black Bee Honey is to provide Parramore youth an opportunity to:
- Operate and manage their own business.
- Address the food desert issue of the community.
- Provide residents of the area with high quality, nutritional honey.
Reinvestment of Funds
The initial investment in Black Bee Honey came from the Orlando Community and Youth Trust, a non-profit organization created to support City of Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation activities to enhance the quality of life for youth, families and senior citizens.
The initial $2,000 paid for equipment (honey, sanitizing supplies, containers) and the initial salaries for the students. The City of Orlando supplies facilities for jarring, storage, accounting, marketing and communications.
Money made from the project is put back into the business to buy more equipment and pay salaries. Any money remaining is reinvested in PKZ for scholarships, college applications, sports equipment, programming and crisis aversion.