The Hive Mentality

A Southern honey company teaches schoolchildren about bees (birds not included).

Ted Dennard built an empire on the backs of hardworking bees. Launched 13 years ago, his wildly successful Savannah Bee Company claims four stores in Georgia and South Carolina, plus a line of 150-plus products—artisanal honeys, beeswax candles and balms, and more—sold at premium retailers like Dean & DeLuca.

To pay his good fortune forward, Dennard established The Bee Cause Project in 2013 with the aim of installing and maintaining glass observation hives in schools. “Kids should understand the importance of these mighty pollinators to agriculture and the environment,” he explains. Adds the nonprofit’s director, Tami Enright: “If all goes well, we’ll create a whole new generation of bee ambassadors.” So far, 60 hives are up and buzzing in the Southeast.

To help Dennard and Enright reach their goal of equipping 1,000 classrooms across the country, purchase wildflower honey from The Bee Cause website; 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward the project. ($15 for a 12-ounce jar; thebeecause.org) 

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The Hive Mentality