Following in my Dad's footsteps, I began beekeeping with two hives in 2008. In the spring of 2011, the beeyard grew to twelve hives, and my hobby became a business. Fortunately I had several good friends pitch in to help. We did a few splits, captured a few swarms, and grew to eighteen hives by summer.
Josh is my business partner and right-hand-man. He is a natural with the bees and finds them as fascinating as we all do.
The beeyard is on the Blackwell Family Farm which borders Pisgah Forest. A mountain creek runs along side, providing a water source for the bees. Nearby are vegetable and flower gardens, wild blackberries, raspberries and an abundance of wildflowers and trees. The area is thick with Sourwood Trees which produces a world-famous Premium Honey.
Pisgah National Forest covers a half million acres in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. Not only do the bees love it, but it is my "backyard" playground. Hiking, backpacking, kayaking, mountain-climbing are all just minutes away.
Pure Pisgah Honey now has two hives at Morningside Farm CSA. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. The farm offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of produce. Consumers buy a membership and receive their "share" each week throughout the farming season. Our bees will provide essential pollination for the farm as well as honey. visit them on Facebook