Education. Research. Community.

Supporting sustainable beekeeping practices, environmental health, economic progress, and food security.

Bee health is critical to our survival. In Virginia, hives have dropped by two-thirds since 1970. The Honey Bee Initiative at George Mason University is one example of students learning and implementing social entrepreneurship to make a difference both in our local community and worldwide. A collaboration between the School of Business and the College of Science, the Honey Bee Initiative works on honey bee sustainability by providing an innovative education, conducting collaborative research, and establishing community partnerships in our local Northern Virginia region and abroad.

Genuine HBI Products

100% of sales support the Honey Bee Initiative.


Raw. natural honey from HBI hives.
Pure George Mason University honey is the perfect bee-to-table, sustainable, and delicious gift. Made by bees in HBI apiaries on Mason’s campus or on local community partner land, the honey is literally a taste of Virginia.

Tealight Candles

Candles made from HBI bee’s wax.
Show your support of the Honey Bee Initiative (HBI) by gifting this lovely set of beeswax votives. They will scent your room with the slightest hint of honey. Their raffia ribbons and bee charms make them a wonderful gift.

Business partnerships and donations from individuals allow the Honey Bee Initiative to continue uniting education, science, and business to save pollinators and develop sustainable solutions for a global crisis.

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