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I started Avital's Apiaries in 2010, as a hobbyist beekeeper who loved using bee products in skincare.

Lesli examining a frame of beesEight years later, Avital's appeals to doers: Upstate's gardeners, hikers, bikers, backpackers, horseback riders, meditators, boaters, and, of course, beekeepers. We're people who love doing and making and moving, preferably outside and always with a dollop of creativity.

In 2017, Kathi Menner joined the team. She's a graphic designer by profession, all around lover of crafts, runner, and horse aficionado. She fits more into a day than most people do in a week!

I count on her design ability for sprucing up labels, and her keen eye for color as we develop new soap swirls. She can also knock out a few hundred bath fizzles like nobody's business. When you use one of our products, it's likely she made it and wrapped it.Kathi and her mare, Ronja

When she isn't making your favorite skincare, she's probably riding her mare, Ronja, or running 10 miles, doing chores at the farm, making a fabulous dinner for her family, or kicking back at the lake. I told you she does more than all of us put together!

Avital's Apiaries is a certified Living Wage Employer.