Online voters selected winners in three categories: Entrepreneur, Photographer, and Foodie. Luster claimed a win in the latter division by beating out a Noni fruit farmer and a Wisconsin truffle maker.
Luster is allowed to use his cash prize however he sees fit. "They've been very generous and wonderful," Luster says. "They handed me the check and said have at it."
Luster plans to use the money to expand his hives and create a retail store for fellow apiarians. "I've been trying to set up a beekeeping supply store," says Luster, who'd like to use the shop as headquarters for his growing hive consultation service and honey-manufacturing company.
And after the bees have claimed their share of the AMD winnings, Luster says he might put "a little bit toward a party."