Made by Karina Roca
Created by us, for us and gives back to us.
Generational bridging and legacy sustainment continues with us.
- Jaee | Honey
Created by Urban Farmer, Welder and Herbalist Karina Roca
Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary LLC is a small traveling interdisciplinary community creative business that produces education programs, events, and services that empower all communities of color and their experiences within the U.S. and internationally. We strive to foster an environment of understanding, creativity, and empowerment where education is a key to liberation.
Our mission is to create educational transformative spaces that center people of color and bring together an exchange of building integrative creative solutions that are rooted in cultural arts, social change, and liberation. Through our events, services, classes, products, and educational projects, we strive to promote understanding, acceptance, and solidarity with all people to build mindfully. We believe that celebrating the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences can create a better world for all.
We specialize in organizing programming that centers on sustainability, cultural preservation, and interdependence that provide safe and inclusive environments for learning. We provide holistic healing experiences accessible to everyone. Our events, fundraisers, workshops, and all general programming are curated to bring people together in love, community understanding, and building better bridges that move us towards intergenerational bridging and collective freedom.
Through our programming, we support the community through two ways:
We offer virtual and in-person creative based services, workshops, events, and programs to groups, and individuals in need of what we can offer.
In different cities, monthly, we distribute need-based donations, raise resources through fundraising and free classes to individuals and families in need of professional and personal development. Class includes budgeting, resume building, public speaking, etc..
At Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary LLC, we work towards nurturing stronger communities, education and collaboration and we strive to create a platform that empowers and uplifts communities of color. We work side by side with communities of color to produce and develop experiences that will benefit their families and the community at large.
As a community-driven organization that is dedicated to empowering people of color by providing education, tools, and resources, we support each other in reaching our highest potential. Through our programming, we generate resources that are used to support and empower our communities. Whether we’re in the U.S. or traveling internationally, we strive to provide our community with meaningful experiences in person or virtually. Our mission is to provide access to knowledge, resources, and opportunities that will help build a better and stronger community, everywhere.
Creativity changes lives. It heals and it solves problems.
At Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary LLC, believe that everyone should have access to creative outlets, and we are dedicated to providing that opportunity to all. Our mission is to create safe and inclusive spaces that celebrate and honor us. Our offerings that produce through our educational programs, projects, workshops, products, services and events to inspire creativity and foster meaningful connections. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to explore their creative potential and develop their own personal approach to social change.
Our goal is to create a space where we can support each other on our individual journeys to physical, mental, and emotional wellness. By working together, we create an environment that encourages solid foundations that fosters an understanding of the importance of holistic wellness and its impact on our lives.
Our mission is an act of service that builds brighter collective legacies for generations before and after to piece together and expand further.
Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary briefly started as a community-led social media platform on Instagram in February of 2020 as a space for our founder, Jaee Honey Sumter, to share their story, create self-produced programming, and offer spiritual as well as explorative information for the collective that they learned along the way.
During its inception, Jaee resided in China to teach and met some extraordinary people. Jaee also learned about their communities and stories by connecting with them. These communities and countries included Myanmar, China, Thailand, and Laos. The stories centered on unjust experiences from powerful movement shakers from and living in countries like Bulgarian and South Africa. Due to the difficulties of communication with loved ones in the U.S., Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary moved towards the direction of social media after Jaee's experiences years of doing this work naturally in physical space. This virtual outlet opened many doors to integrate and create programming that existed in caring, transparent and inclusive forms.
Weeks after its conception, Covid '19 occurred; the hive quickly and naturally manifested as a virtual space on Instagram for people to find comfort, make new connections with people around the world, explore themselves, actualize their ideas, and radically share their stories in the most authentic and creative outlets. Our programming centered on all fields and manifested through virtual music performances, artist & poet talks, dance and art workshops, healing circles, community donation drives, herbal insight, collective tarot, and astrology readings, quarantine zine, YouTube series, Radial Self-Love highlights, cooking recipes, talks about our vision and purpose in the world.
This vision guided Jaee further into this realm, especially with their elders shifting into the ancestral world due to COVID misdiagnosis. Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary helped Jaee to process all that was occurring in their life. In February of 2021, Sweet Herbal Honey became an LLC entity and a full access online archive that acts as our website and displays all physical and virtual programming from the community. The Sweet Honeycomb archive honors mutual investment, creative freedom, mindfulness, artivism, reimagination, and tangible solution-building through storytelling. By exploring and learning the tools that work most naturally for us, we can inspire and feel inspired in expanding our momentum in further action and production.
As of January 2023, Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary is a traveling interdisciplinary community creative agency and digital archive that produces community-centered creative-based projects, programs, events, and services that give back to low-income communities in need. We develop fundraiser-based creative programming and partner with community-focused POC creators, collectives, businesses, and organizations to collectively merge and build further in our platforms to bring new sustainable and innovative cultural community ideas into fruition, step-by-step. We work directly and side-by-side with communities in need that honor their voice in providing the most aligned services and experiences for them, their families, and the community at large.
In honor of Ancestor Joesph "Joe" Sumter
In loving memory to my grandfather, Papa Joseph "Joe" Sumter
Sweet Herbal Honey was bloomed during COVID 19 and in honor of him.
October 16, 1940-April 7, 2020
Human. husband, father, Zulu brother, faith believer, protector, community lover, community business owner, loving grandfather. and powerful ancestor.
Joe's Record & Sweet Shop
- sweet we are my dear ancestor. my teddy bear
Core Team Members
Janae' "Jaee" Sumter
Founder, Creator, Creative Life Coach, Cultural Bearer-Weaver, Intergration Educator, Community Art Consultant, Dancer, Artist, Reiki Practitioner
New Orleans, LA
Based: California & Traveling
I'm super excited to be working with ya'll!