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Carmel Student Nelly Kohlgrüber Felt a Sense of Urgency When it Comes to the Environment, so she Did Something About it

Carmel High School senior Nelly Kohlgrüber felt the need to take action and bring the issue of climate change and environmental damage to young people as well as the community at large.

Carmel, CA, March 11, 2019 — Carmel High School senior Nelly Kohlgrüber felt the need to take action and bring the issue of climate change and environmental damage to young people as well as the community at large.

Kohlgrüber was feeling an increasing sense of anxiety in her science courses, combined with the current state of ambivalence in our nation towards science and fact, not to mention the drought, fires and flooding California has experienced over the past few years, and she wanted to do something, but she wasn’t sure what.

“Many of us can’t vote and we don’t have millions of dollars to pour into issues. We’ve barely made it through calculus, and yet I had to do something,” says Kohlgrüber. “I decided to enlist the help of young people and to teach them about how to incorporate change in their lives in the only way I knew how: art. This was my chance to bring my passion for art and the environment together and raise awareness.”

That idea became The Great Wave of Change, a 12-by-8 foot outdoor mural made entirely from plastic waste. Working sometimes weekly, afterschool and through holiday breaks, students began collecting, cleaning and sorting single-use plastics for materials.

Kohlgrüber had pitched local elementary schools and found enthusiasm with Seaside’s Highland School principal Hecate Rosewood. Rosewood was instrumental in encouraging the project and applauded Nelly’s courage to take on such an endeavor. She then recruited the help of after-care leader, Alejandrina Poole, and those with enthusiasm (and who had finished their homework), to work on the project.

“Students are becoming aware of the amount of plastic in our lives and how much they throw away every day through constructing our mural and exchanging stories,” she says. “We talk about alternatives to dumping plastic in landfills and how to shop smarter. All the while they show me firsthand the positive effects of learning through doing. As my preschool teacher taught us, if it’s not in the hand, it’s not in the head.”

Kohlgrüber says this is an issue where the young can and should take the lead.

“Climate change epitomizes an issue where the young can teach the old. Those in power now will be long gone by the time the worst consequences of climate change occur, and young people will be left to bear the brunt of the chaos,” says Kohlgrüber. “My hope is that through this brief exposure to environmental issues at such a young age, the students might become ocean advocates and use their newfound knowledge to educate others. Hopefully, this project also shows how individuals and grassroots efforts, combined with education, can have a positive impact. In other words, it’s not hopeless.”

Even now, she says, young people are making a difference when it comes to fighting the effects of climate change:

* December 2018, 25-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat’s tests his ocean boom intended to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic debris twice the size of Texas.

* 16-year-old Greta Thunberg took the train from Sweden to Davos, Switzerland to deliver a fiery speech to world leaders at last month’s U.N. climate talks in Poland.

* In February, environmental activists, aged 10 to 16, stormed California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office warning about the looming threats of climate change.

The project has taken approximately 9 months from inception to completion. Installation of the wall is planned for March 31, 2019.

Nelly Kohlgrüber

Senior, Carmel High School

Carmel, CA





Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


Pure, Raw Honey from Carmel Honey Company, Started by 11-Year-Old Carmel Student, Makes for Great Gift for the Ultimate Foodie

Looking for the perfect gift for the ultimate foodie on your list this holiday season?

Carmel, CA, October 18, 2016 — Looking for the perfect gift for the ultimate foodie on your list this holiday season? How about a gift that is locally produced, helps the environment and contributes to research and education for the betterment of the world?

Honey from Carmel Honey Company, which was founded by a 13-year-old Carmel student Jake Reisdorf who was 11 at the time, fits the bill perfectly.

The four types of honey currently available — Sage Honey, Wildflower Honey, Orange Blossom Honey and Meadowfoam Honey — from Carmel Honey Company are all-natural, pure, raw, premium honey that come straight from the hive.

And Reisdorf, as part of his “Jake Gives Back” program, donates a portion of his honey sales proceeds to organizations that are expanding research and education efforts by addressing the production, nutritional value, health benefits, economics, and/or quality standards of honey bees and honey.

“I’m just an average 13-year-old who likes honey bees,” Reisdorf told California Bountiful magazine. “With beekeeping, you are helping the environment and it is really fun and interesting. I’m all about the education and practicing beekeeping and doing honey. The message that I want everyone to know is: If the bees go, we go, so help save the bees.”

In addition to individual jars of honey, Carmel Honey Company offers three special packages perfect for the foodie on your gift list: Carmel Honey Company Honey Sampler, Honeycomb and Honey Stix.

The Sampler is the ideal way to sample all four pure, raw, premium honey varietals. This set includes 3-oz. jars of Sage Honey, Wildflower Honey, Orange Blossom Honey and Meadowfoam Honey.

They are packaged ready for gift giving in an elegant clear gift bag and gold bow. It can also be opened and separated — allowing one to keep their favorite varietal and give the others as secret Santa gifts.

Honeycomb is the absolute purest form of honey. Circular frames are placed inside the beehive and the honey bees instinctively know to build it out first with wax, then fill it with honey. Since the honey bees make the wax and honey, the 8-oz rounds are 100% edible.

Harvested individually at different times, from a variety of hives, no two rounds will taste exactly the same. These honeycombs are delicious on a cheese board or cut and placed over soft-serve ice cream. Also an excellent gift for the foodie in your life.

Honey Stix offer a great boost of energy in a convenient package. In a lunchbox or purse this 12-pack is an easy way to curb sweet cravings the natural way. Filled with the Wildflower Honey varietal, each Stix contains 1 teaspoon of honey. Excellent portion control for tea and coffee and also an ideal stocking stuffer or unique gift for all ages.

And remember, when you purchase a jar of honey from the Carmel Honey Company, (or place a honey bee pollination hive in your backyard), you have contributed to the research and education of the public on the importance of pollination and the benefits of the honey bee.

Carmel Honey Company honey can be purchased directly from the website (which grew out of his elementary class project) at www.carmelhoneycompany.com.

About Jake and Carmel Honey Company:

Jake Reisdorf is the chief beekeeper and owner of Carmel Honey Company, which he started as part of a school project where his teacher assigned professions to each student and directed them to research the profession and build a presentation on it.

While researching his assigned profession of website designer, Jake, 11 years old at the time, decided to take it one step further and actually create a real website. At that time, Jake had taken one beekeeping class with his Dad and thought it would be cool to design a website about honey bees.

Not only did Jake get an “A” on the project, but it inspired him and spurred him to start Carmel Honey Company. That was three years ago.

His passion for honey bees grew as he learned about Colony Collapse Disorder and real honey. Expanding his research and education drove Jake to learn more about honey and bees and ultimately decide it was critical to give back.

In addition, Jake places hives on residential and commercial properties to raise awareness and encourage others to support the honey bee.

The “Jake Gives Back” program includes sharing honey bee knowledge with kids and adults of all ages. Whether he is in a classroom speaking to first-grade students, or at a corporate event talking with business owners and seasoned professionals, his passion and appreciation of how honey bees impact our world is infectious. He also “gives back” by making a financial donation to honey bee research and education organizations.

Jake currently attends 8th grade at Carmel Middle School and keeps his knowledge of Apiology (the scientific study of bees) current by continuing to manage his own honey bee hives and attending industry conferences throughout the country.

Carmel Honey Company

(831) 687-8511





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Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455