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It takes a hive

Apis mellifera, the Western honeybee and our company namesake, has an enormously positive impact on the world around it and is responsible for vast amounts of pollination and increased agricultural output. We believe that as a corporate citizen, we have a responsibility to give back and engage with the community that has given so much to us. 

Please check out some of the organizations that we believe are doing their part to better their corner of the world.

We're carbon neutral

Apis Mercantile believes in not only doing right for our local community, but for our global community as well.  That's why, we're committed to being a carbon neutral company.  We work with Native: A Public Benefit Corporation, to ensure that we measure our annual carbon footprint and take action to minimize, or offset our impact.  

Through our work with Native, we support the Medford Spring Grassland Conservation project, which is aimed at preserving grasslands in Colorado. The Medford Spring grasslands in southeastern Colorado are facing an imminent threat of conversion to cropland given its soils are suitable for farming, and cropland rental rates for winter wheat, milo, sorghum, alfalfa, and other row crops, are more than five times pastureland rates in Bent County, CO. A permanent conservation easement will preserve the grasslands and avoid conversion of the land to farming or development. This will prevent an estimated 190,000 tonnes of CO₂ from entering the atmosphere over the next 50 years.

This project will help halt the loss of the remaining 50% of Colorado’s shortgrass prairie — an ecosystem being reduced at a higher rate than any other type of ecosystem in the state, and linked to the decline of several animal species. With the conservation of the Medford Spring grasslands, bison and black-tailed prairie dogs will help limit shrub and tree encroachment and preserve habitats for native swift fox, ferruginous hawks, burrowing owls, elk, pronghorn antelope, and the mountain plover.The Medford Spring grasslands will be accessible, through Southern Plains Land Trust, for educational events in collaboration with local public schools and the historical society.The 6,900 acres to be purchased with the investment from project supporters is the first of a plan to eventually conserve a total 24,500 acres adjacent to an existing 18,000 acre preserve. By enabling this first purchase, supporters ensure Southern Plains Land Trust maintains its option to purchase and conserve the entire 24,500 acres.

Ohm Radio

Apis Mercantile is a proud underwriter of Ohm Radio. "96.3 FM Ohm Radio provides non-commercial, locally-produced programming, dedicated to serving Charleston with a wide range of community perspectives and really good music." Their "programs will promote democracy, sustainability and healthy community."

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Warrior Surf Foundation

Founded by American Combat Veterans and surfers in May of 2015 on Folly Beach, SC, Warrior Surf Foundation addresses post-service transition challenges such as PTSD, moral injury, survivor's guilt, and TBI through surf therapy, yoga, wellness sessions, and community.  

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Lowcountry Local First

Lowcountry Local First cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy and character.

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SCORE Charleston

Small business is the engine of our national economy through business formation, job creation and wealth building. Small businesses and their support are critical to vibrant communities in our society.

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Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite.

A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.

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The Green Heart Project

The Green Heart Project builds garden-based experiential learning projects and school garden programs to educate students connect people and cultivate community through growing, eating, and celebrating food.

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