The beekeeping business has gone viral on TikTok

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For Erika Thompson, owner and operator of Texas Bee Works, starting her business was a passion project.

“I knew beekeeping was what I wanted to spend all my time and energy on, but I didn’t know exactly how to do it,” she said. So Thompson began saying yes to bee-related requests, from hosting bees to teaching beekeeping classes.

“I was happily running a beekeeping business when, in 2020, I joined TikTok, and everything changed for me.” Thompson went viral for posting a bee-killing video and her business exploded.

Thompson had to deal with rising prices as a beekeeper, such as “equipment used to house bees, hive boxes”, as well as transportation costs. Inflation and the economy in general have affected her, but she continues to do the work and also serves as a beekeeping educator. “I don’t think people realize how important bees are not only to our food system but also to our ecosystem.”

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