ALICE HINMAN, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
“I believe in God but I spell it N-A-T-U-R-E.” Frank Lloyd Wright. From her childhood years exploring in the verdant Allegheny Mountain woods and wading in the cold waters of Pine Creek in north central Pennsylvania, Alice has long felt an affinity and connection to the natural world. Alice is a life long student and is especially humbled to keep the wise company of bees. She has been a natural beekeeper for nine years and earned a certificate in Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping from her studies with Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. Alice is devoted to learning how to best care for her fascinating friends by studying their biology, habits and natural inclinations to support the well being of the entire colony. She believes restoring honeybees to a state of health requires abundant habitat, genetic diversity, natural management practices, and appropriate shelter. She is determined to remedy as many of the problems contributing to pollinator decline as possible to help these brilliant creatures once again thrive. Alice has applied many of her personal passions to her work with Apiopolis including environmental health, green jobs, community engagement and the creative arts. It is at the intersections of these that exciting synergies and innovative collaborations occur making the whole effort so much more dynamic, inclusive and impactful. Alice has a certificate in Landscape Design from The Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in Horticulture Science from North Carolina State University. She began her master’s study in landscape architecture in the College of Design at NCSU. It was during the latter engagement that she asked herself what, if she could choose to be anything at all, would she be and promptly answered “beekeeper.” And so she chose. That role has evolved to her present one as student and steward of honeybees. Alice has called Raleigh home since 1997. She is the founder of Apiopolis, a horticulturist, certified permaculture designer, certified yoga teacher, student of biodynamic agriculture, avid gardener, adorer of dogs and dirt and chickens and poetry and books. She is a runner, swimmer, skipper, jumper, climber. She is a wonderer and lover of all things natural, from the simplest singular beauty of a blue sky to the complex intricacies and magic of the wild world. Her favorite state is reverent awe. “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CP HARRIS, Treasurer
CP Harris has always enjoyed nature and the outdoors. In high school at Woodberry Forest, he enjoyed spending his weekends in the woods and flyfishing on the Rapidan river After that, he graduated with a degree in Biology from Wake Forest University in 1998.
For the majority of his career, CP has been involved with real estate and land management. His company and family have put thousands of acres in conservation easements during that time.
Over the past several years, CP has moved his focus from Real Estate to the restaurant business. He currently is one of the founders and owners at Village Juice Co in Winston Salem, which will be opening its second location this summer.
CP lives with his wife, Elizabeth, who is a fellow board member at Apiopolis, and their five children in Raleigh. His hobbies include spending time with his family, growing tomatoes, and enjoying time at their family farm in Franklin County.
ELIZABETH HARRIS, Outreach & Education Specialist
Elizabeth is a graduate of Meredith College with degrees in Art and Design. Growing up she spent summers with her family on the farm outside of Richmond, Virginia where there were endless hours spent outside playing and exploring. During those summers she never turned down a given opportunity to tag along to town with her great grandmother's garden club to do a local tour.
The love of nature, nostalgia for her childhood and being a mother to a blended family of five have brought her outside with a keen awareness for the future of tomorrow. As an advocate for the bees she encourages creating new pollinator habitats with native plantings throughout our community and educating our children on their importance.
Holly Hering designs gardens that make people, plants, and pollinators happy. She moved to Raleigh in 1990, where she worked at Duke University Medical Center in hospital finance for 25 years. Her last four years at Duke, Holly was the Residency Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics. Throughout her career, Holly designed gardens for family and friends on the side. Her retirement from Duke provided the time to focus on her passion, which is helping others through garden design. In 2018, she started Refresh Garden Design and is looking forward to working with Apiopolis to support the mission of building thriving habitats and communities for people and pollinators.
Larry Larson, founder of Larry’s Coffee, believes you can do anything you want if you hold onto your dreams, work really hard and, here’s the most important part, learn from your missteps – and he has the experiences to back it up. For Larry, business is about more than making money, it’s about making an impact and standing behind your actions. It’s also about having fun. Treehugger.com described his company as “ the leading exponent in the US of how to smoothly blend sustainability and cool in one brand.”
In Larry’s own words: “To me, the free market economy is a giant party where everyone gets a chance to contribute and be rewarded – but it only works if everyone involved brings their morals to the table. Fair Trade isn’t about charity, it’s about equity. As a roaster, I have more power because I am the one close to the market. It’s easy for roasters and importers to take advantage of farmers who live on a remote mountainside. Fair Trade is about not being unfair. It’s about working with farmers in a fair way and giving them a fair price.”
He started his company in 1994 with a passion for coffee. He began travelling to Central and South America for find wildly unique varietals — yet getting to know farmers exposed him to the ways that conventional trade practices were taking advantage of them. Thereafter, he became a founding member of Cooperative Coffees, a collective of independent coffee roasters committed importing coffee directly from fair trade cooperatives. As he learned more about the benefits of organic farming, he led his company into one the first roasters in America to source 100% Organic, Fair Trade, Shade-Grown coffee.
“You live, you learn, you step it up. What drives me crazy is when people don’t evolve. When I learned that ordinary trade was screwing coffee farmers, I helped start a Fair Trade importer,” he explains. “When I learned what conventional farming did to the environment and the health of farmers, I committed to organic. We launched the coffee industry’s first biodegradable bag, won all kinds of awards, got all kinds of publicity and then learned that our bag wasn’t actually impacting the world for the better, in fact, the outgassing of methane that occurred when it degraded might actually increase climate change. So, we switched course, made a documentary about it and we’re still looking for better ways to package. When I saw that other coffee companies that didn’t stand up to scrutiny, I became an advocate for transparency and started FairTradeProof.org so shoppers could trace the document trail of their coffee.”
“My metaphor is an infant learning to walk – the misteps are where the learning is. Combine that with the metaphor of ants carrying 20 times their bodyweight — and there’ s nothing you can’t do.”
Larry’s Coffee is also a longtime B-Corp member, modeling the role of business as a source for good in the world. The company’s roasting complex in Raleigh is a showcase of ever-evolving sustainability practices, from solar-water-heated floors, to rainwater-powered bathrooms to worm composting.
JOHN DEMPSEY PARKER
John Dempsey Parker is an independent community development consultant and organizer. For over twenty years, he has worked to cultivate resilient, self-reliant, and creative community leaders and entrepreneurs through culturally appropriate collaborations and engaging nonprofits, congregations, funders, universities, businesses, tribes, and groups around their initiatives.
John’s strategic collaborators include Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, NCSU’s Institute for Emerging Issues, the Duke Endowment, the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, the NC Council of Churches, and the NC Rural Center.
John is a native from Moore County, North Carolina. He received a BA at Wake Forest University in anthropology, international relations, and politics, a MA in applied anthropology from the University of Memphis, a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University, and a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. In addition to Apiopolis, John serves on the boards of Repairers of the Breach and the UNC American Indian Center. For more, go here: http://johndempseyparker.org