Green Festival Speakers
Peace Bees started as a 4-H project that grew into honey bee advocacy. Alex is a five-time 4-H County Grand Champion beekeeper. In 2007, she began visiting elementary classrooms teaching about honey bees, which led to her winning the 2007 Indiana Beekeepers Association Young Beekeeper of the Year. In 2009, the demand for Alex’s appearances grew far beyond her availability, so she put her curriculum materials on a website where teachers and beekeepers could access them. Alex’s efforts led to her receiving Indiana Lt. Governor’s 2010 Hoosier Rising Star Award and the 2010 Indiana AXA Equitable Achievement Scholarship; she reigned as the 2011 Indiana Honey Princess and finalist for the Gloria Barron prize for Young Heroes. Peace Bees has formed a partnership with The Unity Gardens of St. Joseph County (Indiana) to bring bees to urban gardens and provide classes. Alex is a sophomore Pre-Veterinary student at Purdue University.