POTOMAC, MD. – Combining the love of bees, honey and a lot of curiosity.
That’s what a young man from Montgomery County named Colin Kennedy does while helping give back to the community.
His father’s passion for nature, the environment and what it can produce, is what helped the family start C’s Bees, affectionately named after the 21-year-old.
The company is a recently established, family owned honey manufacturing business which Colin now runs as CEO.
“He has limits in his abilities and I wasn’t sure what his professional future would look like, so having all this ground, we started raising bees,” said Colon’s father John Kennedy, who has been preserving bees in his Potomac home for the past 12 years.
Elder Kennedy said his own love and interest in bee preservation has rubbed off on his son, bringing them even closer in their relationship and something he says they may love to do together.
“My wife and I have always been his lawyers, you know? Kennedy said.
“We had someone who said to us at the beginning, ‘If you don’t stand up for their rights and try to help them, you really can’t expect someone else to do it. “So we tried to create opportunities for Colin,” he added. .
Colin has been such an inspiration to his entire family that his cousin, Alexis Doyle, a pre-kindergarten teacher, wrote a book about his love for bees, while noting how his cousin helps his father protect nature and the ‘environment.
“I work with all types of kids and I see some challenges they have,” Doyle said.
“Knowing Colin for 21 years, I could see how much he has had to overcome and how much he is capable of doing,” he added.
The honey and the book aren’t quite on the market yet, but when the products start selling, a portion of the sales will go to various organizations that the family say have helped Colin with his disability.
“I think the important thing to remember is to concentrate at home,” Kennedy said. “Focus on your family, but also keep an eye on the world and try to make it a better place.”