Born in Madrid and raised in New York City from the age of fourteen, Claire Marin was a successful women’s magazine publisher in her previous life. One day, she gave her partner a bee hive—and fell in love herself with the community-oriented society of honeybees. After keeping bees as a hobby for six years, she left her high-powered Manhattan career to manage hives in a tiny Catskill Mountains town. Within a few years, she was co-managing 300 of them, and had started a company to sell honey. Following the example of the bees she so admires, she began building her own community-oriented business with resources close at hand—the hives, maple trees, and local farmers of upstate New York.