Honey Bees

One of our hives with the girls busily bringing in pollen and nectar.

I became a beekeeper in the spring of 2013 when my husband and I got our first two packages of bees. Neither package did well and we lost both hives that winter. We didn’t give up though and captured a swarm early the next spring. Since then we have continued to learn and slowly grow our number of hives. We use both topbar hives and Langstroth hives. We believe both hive styles have their advantages and disadvantages. In 2016, we were featured on the WKU PBS show Mainstreet.

I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned about honey bees and beekeeping with others. I truly believe that my beekeeping career would have been very short if it wasn’t for the help of my beekeeping friends and mentors, so I try to give that same kind of help and support to other beekeepers.

I am active in both the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association and our local beekeeping organizations. In fact, I am the webmaster for the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association. Each month, I give a short presentation at my local beekeeping organization’s meeting about the plants that are blooming that month. I have also written a book titled Plants Honey Bees Use in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Surrounding States. It should be published by late 2017 or early 2018.

One of the first questions I often get when people find out that I am a beekeeper is, “Do you have any honey for sale?” So far the answer has always been “no,” because I am still focusing on increasing the number of hives that we have. Basically, unless you want to buy a bunch of new hives, you can either manage your bees for making honey or making more hives. I choose the latter for now, but hope to get my numbers up soon to a point where I can begin selling honey. We do occasionally have some beeswax for sale and if you are interested in it, please contact me.

Being filmed for the WKU PBS show Mainstreet. The horizontal hive that we are working is called a topbar hive. The taller, more traditional looking hive next to us is called a Langstroth hive.