Bees & Business

 

For this Urban Farming Friday I had the great pleasure to speak with Queen Bee, Lisa Graham of YYC Beeswax. I had a lot to learn about this sweet topic, and Lisa didn't disappoint. The best part is I get to share our conversation with you through our podcast! We can learn about urban farming, the enviornment, and sustainability together!

 

I had no idea how many products bees produced. My favorite was probably bee's pollen. I loved how Lisa described the pollen traps as doormats for the bees. The pollen simply falls off of their feet as if they wiped their feet before entering their honeycomb home. I learned that the pollen comes in numerous colors and flavors depending on where the bees were and which plants the bees were pollinating from. This hour long glimpse into the apiary world was just the beginning for me. I can't wait to learn more. 

 

Since Graham is a soloprenuer (one person startup) we also had the chance to talk shop, and swap the pros and cons of being and entrepreneur, the challenges a startup offers, and the tools that have helped her shape and grow her company as well as manage the day to day operations. 

 

Below are some of her favorite tools:

 

Maker's Schedule

I Love Marketing podcast

50 minute focus finder

Fivver Key Word Research - mentioned in the podcast

 

Books She's Loving (Lisa reads a lot! She's already up to 100 books for the year):

 

Profit First - Mike Michalowicz 

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - Robert B. Cialdini

War of Art - Steven Pressfield - This is a book that resonated with Lisa on every single page. It's a great read for creatives!

Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely  - More psychology awesomeness!

Delivering Happiness - Tony Hsieh - Great read on creating communities

 

Bee Specific:

 

Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive - Mark L. Winston - So much amazing information on bees

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd 

Tales from the Hive: This has some amazin