My name is Jamie Woodrum and I am the founder of Humble Honee.
Graduating from college is a weird enough transition from idling in a state of pseudo adulthood to being thrown into society as a supposedly "fully functioning" adult. During my last semester at the University of Florida, COVID-19 spread across the world and sent my future plans spiraling. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and found myself in a standstill. Graduate school decisions were uncertain, internships were cancelled, and life as a stressed out college student was no longer my reality.
My vegan journey started in September of 2018. The hard part was realizing that so many things that I had been taught throughout my life were a lie. In any industry where a living being is viewed as a commodity, exploitation is guaranteed to occur. That is why the day I went vegan, I became an activist. I developed a deeply rooted passion for being a voice for the voiceless, regardless of the seemingly crazy persona that was bound to develop in the eyes of my friends and family. Surely, someone could understand the cruelty behind killing a cuddly cow. But what about taking advantage of a bee whose purpose in our food system is vastly undermined?
I started building my vegan portfolio by becoming president of the Student Animal Alliance at UF. Members and I were able to raise awareness on campus about the ugly truths behind various animal agriculture industries. From meat, to dairy, to wool, all of these industries have voiceless victims. I started helping with social media at Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida and worked my way up to become the Vice President. We are now proud to be the largest cow sanctuary in the United States.
Through all of my activism, I discovered a species that was often overlooked when advocating animal rights. Bees. I had always searched for a bee-free alternative, but I was never able to find one. With my studies in my way, I had always suppressed the thought of creating an alternative myself until the summer of 2020, when I finally, for once in my life, had too much time on my hands.
I always say, "if you want something done right, do it yourself." So that is exactly what I did.