We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Webster and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Like many beekeeping businesses, The Peoples Bees began with curiosity and a couple of backyard hobby hives; but unlike many beekeeping businesses, The Peoples Bees doesn’t just take the honey and run. As part of a generation of people who partially grew up on technology and pursued white collar careers, we were desperate to reconnect with the land and learn how to better honor nature as it were. Beekeeping enables us to do that, and in turn, The Peoples Bees helps others to do the same through our beekeeping services, education, advocacy, goods, and experiences.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Before I was a beekeeper, I was an Art and Creative Director in advertising and marketing running on a degree in Visual Communications. My knack for design, writing, and presentation have all been valuable tools used to build The Peoples Bees, which can be lacking in the beekeeping, farming, and scientific communities. I also love to share. For some, beekeeping is a craft enjoyed preferably alone; whereas The Peoples Bees recognizes what a privilege it is to keep bees and access environmental education and outdoor recreation, so we’re keen on removing barriers, inspiring curiosity, and empowering others with knowledge.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I know exactly what this itinerary would look like because I’ve planned it so many times! We’d likely begin with freshly ground and brewed coffee from Corvus Coffee Roasters and a hearty homemade breakfast, followed by leisurely walks around Harvey Park, where I live with my partner and dog. If any of our hives needed maintenance, I’d invite my guest to join me for the experience. We may spend a day exploring the small businesses along Colfax and South Broadway, the street art in RiNo, the views at City Park, and the food and beverage scene of Denver; some of my favorite dining includes Happy Leaf Kombucha, Dos Luces Brewery, City O’ City, Work & Class, and Osaka Ramen. Then, we’d pack up for a long weekend of camping in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, where we’d spy on native bees, kick pinecones down quiet wooded trails, build fires, take a dip in a river or hot spring, and tell stories. Some of my favorite camping areas are near Leadville, Salida, and Ouray.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My partner Christopher who has helped shape, support, and sustain The Peoples Bees since before our first hive; every friend and family member who has donated to The Peoples Bees, attended an event, or bought a jar of honey; and every beekeeper who has graciously welcomed me into their hives: my mentor Don Studinski, Michael Bush of Bush Farms, Eric France of Parkway Honey, Jana Kinsman of Bike a Bee, and my friend and personal cheerleader Erika Thompson of Texas Beeworks.