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Ann Barczewski is a follower of Jesus and a lover of all things natural, especially our pollinators, a beekeeper and aspiring gardener. She enjoys watching the chickens, pigeons, guineas, quail and wildlife in her back yard. She lives in rural Cecil County, Maryland with her husband and special needs daughter along with a Cane Corso Mastiff. She is the founder and owner of Ann Bee’s Naturals LLC. When she’s not advocating for environmental issues she spends her time developing and manufacturing completely natural products for body and home as well as running the day to day affairs of her home and business.
I started beekeeping after my supervisor told me of her time as a beekeeper on Sapelo Island some years ago and how much she loved it. I had numerous conversations with her about beekeeping and started reading about this fascinating little creature and then I became hooked. I honestly never even thought about where honey comes from. Sure, I knew about beekeepers but I never imagined that people still kept bees in our day and age with all of our technology. I am glad I was wrong! I purchased two nucs on the 4th of May, 2016 and have been enamored ever since and learn something new all the time.
Carl Jackson has been a beekeeper for eight years in Southeast Kentucky. He produces honey from 40 hives without using chemicals. He designed a rotatable bee hive for physical challenged individuals which will be marketing under Royalty Hives.
Claire has been an organic beekeeper for over 20 years and a gardener and lover of nature all of her life. She owns her own business, Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC, and creates gardens of all kinds, using pollinator friendly and native plants in her designs. Mentoring and guiding new beekeepers, blogging at TheGardenDiaries, photographing and painting bees and flowers, and keeping up with her two active dogs, keeps her busy with the activities that she loves best.
My name is David Avvisato and am 48 years young. My true profession is in the landscaping business, but seven years ago my wife and myself tried our hand at small scale farming. We eventually found out that our area was lacking pollinators for the vegetables on our farm and purchased two hives and continue to add more every year. I thought my wife was crazy when she first wanted to start keeping bees, but it now has become our hobby.
I've kept bees for about 5 years. I learned organic management from Don "the Fat Bee Man" and John Seaborn of Wolfe Creek Apiaries, and I now teach beginners how to get started keeping backyard bees. I'm grateful that I've had the privilege of knowing these veterans of beekeeping and to have spent time with them getting to understand these wonderful creatures and sharing my knowledge with others.
Hilary Kearney is a full-time beekeeper in her hometown of San Diego, California. Her business Girl Next Door Honey provides educational opportunities for hundreds of new beekeepers each year. Her beekeeping exploits and unique business model have inspired people all around the world. She is the author of the beekeeping blog Beekeeping Like a Girl and maintains a popular Instagram account. When she’s not rescuing bees, teaching about bees, photographing bees or managing one of her ninety colonies… she’s sleeping and dreaming of bees.
Keeping Backyard Bees (KBBees for short) is a joint effort by Mother Earth News and Grit magazines to create a hive mind of information on bees, beekeeping, pollen, hives, honey, and much more. Our readers may be seasoned beekeepers, they may be interested in starting a hive, or they may even just be concerned about the well-being of bees and want to know what they can do to help. Whatever the reason, we’re glad you’ve stopped by.
Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, gardener, and cook who pens the award winning blog, Tilly's Nest. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her family of four and her Miniature Schnauzer. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living Magazine. Melissa is currently working on a backyard chicken book with Storey Publishing to be released this upcoming year.
I've called Lawrence home for most of my life. When we decided to buy a house, we ruled out many houses because they lacked adequate yards for the garden I envisioned. While my house may still not have the acreage I dream of, we love our suburban homestead. Besides beekeeping, my interests include backyard orchard culture, chickens, native plants, and heirloom vegetable gardening.
Scott is an owner in the company, Beepods, a top bar hive manufacturer and beekeeping system provider to backyard beekeepers, zoos, botanical gardens, schools and corporations alike. As an entrepreneur, Scott enjoys identifying and reaching new business markets, growing online communities and partnering with business start-ups. With a strong background in the field of web development, Scott currently focuses on online marketing strategy consulting. In his off time, Scott enjoys running various tech meetup groups. He also spends as much time as possible with his wife, his baby girl and his Great Dane.
Susan's books celebrating our deep and healing connection with nature and animals are published in more than 20 languages world-side. Her bees are “relatives,” along with her dogs, cats, ducks, and backyard frogs. Susan is devoted to her bees and to bee-centered beekeeping—a philosophy that puts the bees’ needs first. Susan’s hives are treatment free, collected yearly from wild swarms. Susan experiments with many kinds of hive bodies for her bees, including log hives, top bars, Warre’s, and now Sun Hives and skeps. She also creates pollinator hotels for her yard, attracting more varieties of native pollinators each year. Susan teaches beginning beekeeping classes in the Pacific Northwest.