Bee Green

The 2017 Beeswax Spa Products Debut… they completely sold out!

The 2017 Beeswax Spa Products Debut… they completely sold out!

In 2017, I told y’all about some inspiring young entrepreneurs who created a honey business from our hives at Hutchison School. These incredible girls were able to grow their business in some creative ways. In 2018, the girls launched a line of beeswax spa products, like lip balm and body butter. They experimented with recipes and came up with their own marketing and sales plans. The spa products were a hit, and the demand far exceeded their expectations.

The initial cohort of bee business girls graduated last year, but there is a new group of girl bosses taking charge. This year, they wanted to put beeswax to a greener use, so they decided to create plastic-free kitchen packaging.

They started out by researching all of the problems with single-use plastics. They were shocked and saddened by the information they uncovered about plastics in the ocean, but it motivated them to get to work. The girls melted beeswax and pine resin together, and they used paint brushes to lightly coat a piece of cotton fabric.


I got to test out the beeswax food wrap at home, and I loved being able to cover bowls of leftovers with a sustainable alternative to plastic wrap.

beeswax wraps

These young entrepreneurs are still perfecting their recipe and methods, but they are going to launch their product at Beeline Bazaar at Hutchison School on March 2nd. If you’re in the area, come on by and support these young women and their green bee business!

Happy growing,

Mary Riddle

Hello again!

Hey friends!

I’m embarrassed to say that it’s been over a year since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been busy doing things like having a baby and trying to catch up on some sweet, precious, elusive sleep. However, I’ve got a calendar of posts coming your way soon. Until then, check out this video of yours truly showing off our wonderful school garden at Hutchison School.

Happy growing,

Mary Riddle


Learn How to Grow Your Own

I wanted to let y'all know about some upcoming horticulture classes that I'll be teaching in Memphis, Tennessee. The classes are for children and adults, and they're brought to you by the Hutchison Center for Excellence. The class descriptions are below.  

  • Creating a Family Garden, for families

Learn the basics of planning a garden for the whole family to plant, nurture, and watch grow! The Starter Session will cover the basics of planning your garden, soil preparation, what to plant when, and basic composting. The Intermediate Session will cover more advanced topics, including ongoing plant care for better harvests, organic pest control, and composting. 

Date/Time: Starter Session: Tuesday, June 6; 8:30-11:30 am, Intermediate Session: Thursday, June 11; 8:30-11:30 am

Cost: $30 per person per class

  • Beekeeping, for girls and boys entering grades 1-8 and their families

Discover the basic components of a hive and how to maintain your own bee colony. 

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 7; 8:30-11:30 am

Cost: $30 per person

  • Homegrown Start-Up: Garden Product Projects, for girls entering grades 4-8

Learn business basics by creating spa products and craft food items from the Hutchison Garden, designing a stand, and marketing them through an original marketing plan. 

Date/Time: Monday-Friday, July 10-14; 1:00-3:30 pm

Cost: $135

I hope to see you and your families at one of these classes! 

Happy growing, 

Mary Riddle