DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Hi, my name is Eliza Lawdley, and I am the Director of Community Partnerships for Bee Downtown. I grew up in downtown Durham and have loved this city through all its many exciting growth spurts. I graduated from the College of Charleston in 2011 with a BA in Studio Art and am currently pursuing a master’s in Landscape Architecture at the NC State School of Design. Over the past six years I have worked with garden and farm initiatives across the Triangle. From 2011-2014, 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 as the Durham Urban Agriculture Manager, overseeing community garden programs. Most recently I have worked with the Durham Public Schools “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 a healthy ecosystem 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! In my “free time”, I enjoy managing our family’s farm (Panther Creek), hiking with my wife, and cooking with friends.