Z&Bee co. was founded in 2014 by Nick and Brittany Zwart. We focus on products that are environmentally friendly: honey, beeswax food wraps, and handmade accessories.
We believe that bee health is foundational to the cycle of life, and caring for creation is beneficial for all of us. That's why we've partnered with many local-to-us, eco-friendly businesses interested in preserving the planet for generations to come. Each summer, we participate in our local farmer's market, selling our unpasteurized honey, handmade goodies (such as bags, washcloths, and beeswax wraps), and educating our community on the impact and necessity of pollinators in our community.
In 2017, our son was born 7.5 weeks premature. Two weeks later, he was diagnoses with Trisomy 13, a rare genetic disorder that means he has three chromosome 13s instead of the normal two. He wasn't expected to live beyond the first month. After 125 days spent in the NICU and Paediatrics units, Joseph was finally able to come home. He is the inspiration for our Little Bravery Quilts. For every quilt sold, we will donate another to our local NICU or Paediatrics Unit in your name. The goal is to bring hope to Littles & their families struggling through such touch times in their lives.
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Nick grew up on an orchard in St. Thomas, Ontario. His passion for growing fruits and vegetables, and taking care of his bees and chickens is integral to his lifestyle. His favourite things include his wife + son, two dogs, and LEGO Batman.
Maker + Mama Bear
Brittany loves to create - she has always loved working with words and textiles. Her passion for bees and the environment grew while dating Nick. She left her Humanities MA to pursue life with her (now) husband. Her favourite things include sewing, shopping for fabric, and Netflix.
Trisomy 13 Superhero
Joseph is our one-of-a-kind, odds defying, super-kid. He's the inspiration for our Little Bravery Quilts, after spending 125 days in NICU and Paediatrics before finally coming home. He has a genetic disorder called Trisomy 13, which makes him pretty rare and pretty amazing.