Judi Hindman + Monkey Business Farm
Judi Hindman is a beekeeper, philanthropist and entrepreneur who recently partnered with her son, David Odell, to develop an all natural line of beeswax based skin creams using local and responsibly sourced ingredients. All profits made from the sale of Monkey Business Farm products are donated to a local charity that trains Capuchin monkeys to assist mobility challenged individuals. When David reached out to us, he described his mom, and business partner, as "superwoman" and we just had to learn more. So we sat down with Judi and David to learn a little bit more about the incredible work they are doing together and how Judi manages to do it all!
Judi, what made you get into beekeeping in the first place?
I do landscaping as a hobby and beekeeping was a natural complement to this passion of mine. I also had a strong desire to raise awareness of the need to protect our environment for all species sharing the planet.
You somehow find the time to be an entrepreneur, a beekeeper, a philanthropist, a personal trainer and a great mother and wife. I'm exhausted just thinking about it! Any tips on making time to not only "have it all" but to be great at it along the way?
I am privileged and lucky to be able to focus my time to 'making the world' a better place. Without the support of my family, I would not be able to make a meaningful contribution to this goal.
Is there anything else you'd do if you could?
I am completely tone deaf. If I could sing, I would spend all my time learning to be an opera singer.
Where do you go to get inspired?
Mentally, I go back to my work as a social worker, physically I go outside and marvel at the invention of nature.
What's the biggest lesson you've learned from being in business with your son?
Both my husband and I have seen how smart he is and how he can determine what he needs to know, attain the knowledge and tools to move forward and be persistent in achieving his goals. How great is that!!!
David, what's the biggest lesson you've learned from working with your mom?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned from working with my mom is that in order to build a successful company, you must be passionate about what your working on, committed to the mission of the company, and wholeheartedly believe in the product that you’re selling. Whenever she speaks with customers, either about our product, or the charity we donate our profits to, Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers, her voice is full of passion and conviction. That energy is clearly felt by our customers, as well as drives us to continue to grow the company, and have fun along the way.