Hi, my name is Justin Maness and I am the lead beekeeper for Bee Downtown! I grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University in 2013 with a degree in Horticulture and a minor in Agricultural Business Management. While a NC State I found my passion for bees and beekeeping through an introductory beekeeping class the university offered and knew I’d found my calling. After graduating I joined the Eurofins Agroscience Solutions team as a Research Technician/Apiculturist where I was able to grow my skillset and work with bees every day. In Spring 2016 I joined the Bee Downtown team where I manage the corporate hives across the Triangle and work closely with Leigh-Kathryn on community outreach as we continue to grow Bee Downtown!
I hope that I can take what I have learned and pass it down to those I cross paths with who hunger to know more about our precious honey bees. If in the end I have influenced just a handful of people to think more about their environment and the bees that we share it with, it will be a life well lived.