Hi, my name is Eliza Lawdley, and I am the Community Educator for Bee Downtown. I grew up in downtown Durham and am a proud graduate of the Durham Public School system. I am currently pursuing a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from NC State University- School of Design. Over the past six years I have worked with gardens and farms across the Triangle. I co-founded Sol Food Mobile Farm, an innovative bus classroom that traveled the United States teaching students about environmental sustainability. From 2014-2017 I worked for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle overseeing community and school garden programs in Durham. Most recently I have worked with the Green River Preserve and the DPS “Hub Farm” to promote agriculture and outdoor education for K-12 students. Over the years, I have come to appreciate honey bees for their role in healthy ecosystems and the impact they have on food security. I am thrilled to work with Bee Downtown and share my passion for all our pollinators and the habitats they need to thrive. When I’m not out working with the bees I enjoy working with my family on our farm in east Durham, swimming in the Eno with friends, and adventuring with my wife and two dogs. My favorite local hero is Pauli Murray and my favorite fruit is a pawpaw!