Kara Brook lives on the east coast of Maryland, and uses beeswax in her artwork. One day she accidentally boiled over a big vat of the wax and decided it would be more sustainable to raise her own bees. With the help of beekeeping mentors, she now has 20 hives on her farm where she collects and sells honey and honey products.
Kara says she may have the only apiary in the United States that is farmed exclusively for the bees.
"Acres and acres of wildflowers that are indigenous to our area. We’ve also planted acres and acres of several different varieties of clover. We plant sunflowers some years, we rotate our crops, we move it around," says Kara. "Right now I’m guessing that I’ve got between 50-60 acres of wildflowers."
Because of the wide variety of plants, Kara says her spring honey and autumn honey are an interesting combination of flavors.
But honey isn’t the only product Kara sells. The hives have inspired her to develop a product line of functional and handmade goods, while raising awareness about bees.
"We use beeswax in products and we’ll use honey in products, lavender from the farm in products. All of our ingredients are inspired by bees, they wouldn’t be here without bee," says Kara. "So we use a lot of sunflower oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil. We use pumpkin seed oil, crushed walnut shells, all of these different ingredients are pollinated by bees."
Kara’s products are sold on her website, waxingkara.com, and they’re also available in various retail sites around the country.
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