Justin Bernard

Justin Bernard lives near Coburg, Iowa and is a junior at Red Oak High School.

(Coburg)--The label on the jar says "Lazy JB Ranch", but it easily could read "Ambitious JB Ranch".

We're referring to the honey business of Justin Bernard, a junior at Red Oak High School, because Justin is anything but lazy.

He's got a lot going on, including the raising of honey bees.  As a matter of fact, Justin was one of just a few Iowa young people who last year received a scholarship from the Iowa Honey Producers Association.

According to the Iowa Honey Producer's Association, because of Justin's passion and enthusiasm in beekeeping and honey production, he was just recently awarded the ownership of the bees, hive and all equipment provided to him in 2014.

Justin is the son of Sabrina and Nick Johnson.  He enjoys spending time with his younger brother, Levi.

He's also President of the Red Oak FFA and an active member of the Pilot Grove Punchers 4H Club.

Justin is thankful to the Iowa Honey Producers Association and to Mike and Donna Brahms of 3 Bee Farms near Griswold for their willingness in helping him learn about bees and beekeeping over the last year.

He says Mike and Donna were helpful in many ways, including the assembling of the boxes and scouting the area near his home for the best location to set up his hive.

According to the association, the scholarship provided around 3 pounds of bees and a queen, which equates to around 6,000 to 8,000 bees.

Since that time he's expanded to more boxes and this fall extracted 56 pounds of honey, making $66 in just two days of selling his sweet, delicious, local product.

Justin is pretty much sold out of honey for this year, but if you'd like to get on his list for next year, you can reach him at 712-327-9600.

We salute Justin for his ambition and willingness to try something new at a young age, a part of his life he's now glad to share with his friends and anyone else willing to learn about his unBEElievable bee venture!

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