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A high-tech company has awarded a $20,000 no-strings-attached grant to a Ballard beekeeper who uses centuries-old practices to harness the potential of Seattle's urban honeybee

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Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company Recognized as "Foodie Visionary"

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A high-tech company has awarded a $20,000 no-strings-attached grant to a Ballard beekeeper who uses centuries-old practices to harness the potential of Seattle's urban honeybee population.

Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company is the first-ever winner of Advanced Micro Devices' Foodie Visionary Award, a program launched by the California-based semiconductor designer to "help everyday people live out their passions and turn their vision into reality."

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."

"I'm still trying to reel it all in," he says.

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