It all started with a Christmas gift. It was 2007 and Cloister Honey founders Joanne de la Rionda and Randall York were working in the finance and banking industry. Joanne thought a honey bee hive would make the perfect hobby for husband Randall, a science and environmental enthusiast.
Shortly after receiving two hives from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and classes from Mecklenburg County Bee Keepers Association, Randall became a bonafide “bee nerd.” Fortunately for them, the bee market did much better than banking the next few years. Joanne and Randall quit their day jobs and started splitting up the hives, multiplying them more and more each year.
Joanne & Randall welcome you to the hive, where life is sweet!