About Charlotte

Why I’m a beekeeper?

Initially it was because my husband Tom, who suffered from stage IV colon cancer, wanted me to take care of his bees until he recovered.  Unfortunately, most people don’t recover from stage IV colon cancer.

BeeUp-rightI bee-grudgingly tended his handful of hives, hoping to keep them alive just one day longer than he was—and then I’d let those *(&#! stinging insects just take care of themselves.

Tom kept beating the predictions; I kept working his bees. Their mystery, organization and fascination finally pulled me; I was fully addicted within a few months.

While Tom was never able to work his bees again, his “from the kitchen” beekeeping coaching and our related discussions were the catalyst in promoting one of the sweetest times in our marriage—our last year together.

I now keep bees for the enjoyment of it, and because our planet so desperately needs them.

I was blessed to find another life partner equally fascinated with this winged insect. Husband Marshall and I work our bees together and often, and when we’re not—we generally wish we were!

All profits from our honey, book sales and my speaking engagements go to my late husband’s favorite charities: Meals on Wheels, and Loaves & Fishes.

Where I bee

We run a couple dozen hives from our small apiary in Schoolcraft, with most of our bees on our family’s large fruit and vegetable farm in Three Rivers, Michigan.

I enjoy travelling to learn and speak about bees, so please don’t hesitate to contact me no matter your geographic location. We may be able to work out something that fits all budget constraints.


My greatest body of work is my three children—Jessica, Benjamin, and ReBecca. They are all delightful, responsible adults and I’m very proud of their efforts to make this world a better place. My second marriage brought two more blessings, stepsons Zac (and wife Sara) and Lucas.

 So far, of the six—only ReBecca is a beekeeper. (We remain hopeful though.) Lucas, who like his father innately connects with bees and helps us as his schedule allows, shows promise.

 My professional body of work resolves around the company I founded, Prima Communications, Inc. We’ve been serving clients around the world since 1991, building bridges between the people with the information and the people who need it.

 For over two decades I fed a creative side of my soul with a weekly, syndicated humor column, Hubbard’s Cupboard. I’ve continued writing in a humorous vein with a column—Dronings from a Queen Bee—carried in an internationally distributed e-newsletter, along with writings for Bee Culture and various bee club websites and newsletters.

A Few Favorite Websites

Corey Lake Orchards
Prima Communications, Inc.

When I started keeping bees, I needed to learn a lot, quickly. I asked every beekeeper I encountered two questions:
What do you know now that you wished you knew in the beginning?
Why are you a beekeeper?

The answers have been astonishing. You’ve made me laugh, sympathize, send checks to support your efforts, and/or work even harder to help the world appreciate this insect.

I’ve been collecting the answers, and share this treasure of collective knowledge through speaking engagements and articles.

I’d appreciate your answers—short or long, witty, practical or succinct.

Please email me at: queenbeecharlotte@gmail.com

Thank you.

Stepson and beekeeper Lucas does splits.