Z&Bee co. was founded in 2014 by Nick and Brittany Zwart. We focus on products that are environmentally friendly: honey, farm grown floral arrangements and bouquets, 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 and motivation behind our dreams and drive to succeed.
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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.
Weed Slayer + Organizing Guru
Katelyn joined the Z + Bee co. team in 2019 as our product model and quickly became an invaluable asset to the entire operation. She is up for any job - from organizing and labeling honey to pulling all the weeds. She is always smiling, and loves being in the gardens. Katelyn loves helping people reach their goals.
Maker + Mama Bear
Brittany loves to create - she has always loved working with words and textiles. When not sewing, or being a mom, she can be found in the gardens cutting flowers and photographing bees. She loves plants, cooking, and pretty fabric.
Chief Planting Officer
Emily joined Z + Bee co. in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. She knows everything there is to know about plants - indoor and outdoor! Emily loves being outside and believes that sustainable agriculture is a necessary part of the future. She loves propagating houseplants in her spare time.
Trisomy 13 Superhero
Joseph is our one-of-a-kind, odds defying, super-kid. He has a genetic disorder called Trisomy 13, which makes him pretty rare and pretty amazing. He's the happiest kid, who loves being outside farming with Mom + Dad.