Owner of Me and the Bees Lemonade
Mikaila, explains the origin of Me & the Bees Lemonade:
When I was just four, my family encouraged me to make a product for a Children's business competition (the Acton Children’s Business Fair) and Austin Lemonade Day. So I put on my thinking cap. I thought about some ideas. While I was thinking, two big events happened. I got stung by a bee. Twice. Then my Great Granny Helen, who lives in Cameron, South Carolina, sent my family a 1940's cookbook, which included her special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade. I didn't enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me. But then something strange happened. I became fascinated with bees. I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen's recipe?
That's how Me & the Bees Lemonade was born. It comes from my Great Granny Helen's flaxseed recipe and my new love for bees. So that's why we sweeten it with local honey. And today my little idea continues to grow. It was a sweet success from the start. Year-after-year, Mikaila, sells-out of her Me & the Bees Lemonade at youth entrepreneurial events while donating a percentage of the profits from the sale of her lemonade to local and international organizations fighting hard to save the honeybees. That is why she touts: Buy a Bottle…Save a Bee. Now at age 12, when not at her lemonade stand telling all the digestive benefits of flaxseed, you can find Mikaila leading workshops on how to save the honeybees, and participating in social entrepreneurship panels. Mikaila launched her own Facebook page, where visitors can ‘Like’ interesting facts about bees, honey and Me & the Bees Lemonade. Today, the award-winning Me & the Bees Lemonade is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, and available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies.
Can you imagine a world without honeybees? Imagine a world without yummy strawberries, tasty broccoli and delicious nuts and seeds. Not only do bees pollinate crops, but they also help pretty flowers grow. And yes, they make delicious honey. Realizing early on the importance of honeybees to our day-to-day lives and future.Mikaila pledged to help save the bees by investing both her time and resourcesFrom the very start, Mikaila invested a portion of the profits from the sale of her lemonade to organizations fighting hard to save the honey bees. She also volunteers her time teaching youth and families on the importance of the honeybees and how to help save them.
With Me & the Bees’ donations, Heifer International, provides the gift of Heifer honeybees to needy families around the world. A gift of bees includes: A package of bees, the hive and box, plus training in beekeeping.