When a swarm of bees appeared outside of the Ozarka-Hawkins, Texas, bottling facility, the factory’s quality manager collaborated with a local beekeeper, the local high school’s agricultural science department and the Future Farmers of America program to launch the 4G Beekeeping project. When another swarm landed at the Hawkins facility, the 4G Beekeepers came to the rescue again.
The 4G Beekeepers are four young women, Brooke, Rachel, Emma and Chloe, from Hawkins High School in Hawkins, Texas, who work closely with Matt Byrd, the school’s agriculture teacher. Initially, Matt knew nothing about beekeeping. But not to be deterred, he started the school’s first beekeeping program. The all-girl team has made quite a buzz since then. They have been featured on national television and are local celebrities, who now sell their bees’ honey on Etsy. All proceeds benefit the beekeeping program.
They’ve also made it their mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers and our countryside.
To learn more about how it all started, check out this story.