Nicole Buergers has an entrepreneur spirit. This time last year, she started an Indiegogo campaign to fund her business idea and it was a success.
Today, she’s growing her beekeeping business in the neighborhood and beyond. You might recognize Buergers. When she’s not educating neighbors on beekeeping, you can find her at Houston Dairymaids where she’s been a cheesemonger for nearly six years.
“We launched on Indigogo on March 17, 2016,” Buergers said. “We raised $13,550, so that’s how I started my company. I had been in internet marketing for about a decade and was tired of sitting behind a desk all day. I really wanted to do something on my own, so I started my own business.”
Buergers specializes in creating new beekeepers. If someone is new to beekeeping, and doesn’t know where to start or they want someone to hold their hand through the process, she’s there to provide bee mentorship.
“It’s really intimidating at first,” she said. “I will come to your backyard to install the hives, install the bees and start right away on lessons. We go through the process of having your first hive or hives – I’d rather them have two because it’s better to start that way. There is a lot of information out there, a lot of different philosophies on beekeeping – I’m really open minded.”
Once Buergers helps establish a hive, then comes the sweet harvest. As the beekeeper, Buergers harvests the honey – a job she says needs special tools and is sticky in every way – she takes a percentage of the honey to sell on her website, Bee2beehoney.com.
“The beekeepers themselves can sell their honey, do their own branding, marketing, and if they need help with that I’m there for them,” she said.
The first week of April kicks off bee season, and Buergers is growing with the season – expanding from 18 hives to 32 hives to start this year. She has hives in the Heights, Garden Oaks, Clear Lake Shores and more. Eventually, Buergers said Bee2bee will have honey by neighborhood to purchase. So if you’re looking for that local honey, you can expect Heights and Garden Oaks honey for sale coming soon.
To differentiate herself from other beekeepers out there, Buergers’ honey incorporates infusions – her lavender honey being a staple. She also does a honey of the month. In March, the honey of the month was turmeric honey. For April, vanilla honey is the feature.
I asked Buergers the best way to enjoy honey, and her immediate answer was simply “on a spoon,” though she highly recommends trying it on goat cheese or a fresh cheese, or using it as a natural sweetener.
When it comes to supporting the bees, Buergers said the best way to get involved is to buy honey from a local beekeeper you know and trust. For immediate bee support, put out a water supply that has texture – something they can land on.