Born in Madrid and raised in New York City, Claire M Marin, proprietor of Catskill Provisions had already attained success in the corporate world as a national magazine Publisher. After discovering the small, rural town of Long Eddy in the Catskill Mountains, she took up beekeeping as a hobby and found herself drawn to the bees and how they work in easy harmony with each other and their surroundings. Inspired by their example, she began building her own business, drawing upon the local natural resources of Upstate New York. Today, Claire tends to over 300 beehives in Delaware, Sullivan, and Madison Counties in New York State in cooperation with other local beekeepers to create 100 percent raw, small batch, hand-packed honey harvested several times a year. The Catskill Provisions community has grown to include a devoted following among locavore restaurants, hotels, and specialty stores whose shared goals include a commitment to sustainable, raw, organic, local food products. Catskill Provisions products not only taste good, but do good. A percent of all sales is donated to environmental causes devoted to saving the bees and other pollinators.