Meet the dedicated team.
Katherine Milling: Katherine first came to Zambia in 2014 as a Peace Corps volunteer. While working with her community in Northwestern Province, she was exposed to the history and impact of beekeeping on the people in the area. Katherine has been working with rural Zambian beekeepers in Field Operations since she finished Peace Corps, and is passionate about protecting the local environment.
Kyle Curry: Also a Peace Corps volunteer, Kyle completed his service in 2016. After his experience working with successful women's savings groups, Kyle wanted to continue working in rural communities in ways that create sustainable incomes for all. Living and working in the rural village of Ntambu, Kyle works with Katherine in the management of Field Operations.
Jonas Schuten: Jonas has been living and working in Zambia for over 10 years and grew up in a beekeeping family. He has worked in youth development, project management, and in the honey industry for over 4 years. Jonas manages honey processing and sales, and strives for the highest quality honey at all times.
Our Field Supervisors are the backbone of our operations, overseeing every aspect of the beehives. From meeting with local Chiefs to distributing harvest supplies, this staff is working full time to make sure this project runs smoothly. Nature’s Nectar works to constantly grow with our team members, learning with each other every step of the way.
On the ground
Our Zone Lead Farmers manage the building, distribution and harvesting of hives in their communities. Chosen by their peers, they work to get the largest possible harvest from season to season. Zone Lead Farmers work on a commission based pay, meaning the larger the harvests the larger their payout. ZLF’s work closely with community members to track hive occupation as well as regularly bait and clean beehives. Through the Nature’s Nectar harvest model, sustainable harvesting methods protect the bees and their environment.
Every ZLF, their trained team and farmer receives a full harvest suit and kit during harvest to ensure farmer safety and protection.
Zone Lead Farmers are trained to only take surplus honey from beehives so that colonies can continue to grow and thrive.