Sarasota Honey Company’s co-owner and head beekeeper. Alma Johnson oversees all of our colonies, host-a-hive program, beekeeping workshop, and community involvement. Alma began her career with the special needs community as an advocate for parents with children with special needs in the public school system. She oversaw a state-wide program funded by the department of education. Through this program, Alma provided training for professionals serving youth and created nationally recognized interactive curriculum for youth transitioning from school to community. Sarasota Honey Company was in part created by combining her expansive training in beekeeping and transition services for youth with specials needs. Alma training in beekeeping came through leaders and researcher in the industry on best practices. She is a certified queen breeder with the focus on genetics. She dedicates time throughout the year to travel out of increase her knowledge in honey bees and provide public speaking and classes in beekeeping nationally. Some of her travels for continued education have included University of Minnesota Bee Lab, USDA Genetics Honey Bee Lab of Louisiana, University of Florida. She has provided beekeeping and sustainability training and fundraising support to USF, Florida’s Statewide Beekeepers Conference, various garden and beekeeping associations throughout the US, Urban/Underserved communities in Texas, victims of Hurricane Katerina and orphanages in Tanzania, Africa, San Isidro, Davao Oriental, Philippines, and Ecuador. Alma’s goal for 2019 to continue to increase the number of hobby beekeepers and Sarasota Honey Company’s programs for youth with special needs and disabled veterans.