Mission Statement Bee

Sustainable Beekeeping

We are a nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and provides bees and equipment at no cost to partner beekeepers in economically distressed Appalachian communities.

We help our partners produce natural honey (and income) in the “greenest” possible way. Our bees gather pollen and nectar from nearby forests and fields, not agricultural crops sprayed with pesticides. ABC partners practice natural beekeeping, using no synthetic chemicals or antibiotics.

  • ZERO

    antibiotics or synthetic chemicals

  • 100

    BEEKEEPERS & GROWING

  • 225,000

    TREES PLANTED IN 2020

  • 100%

    Solar Powered Facilities

"I love the people and the mission of ABC. I love the flavor of its honey even more. In forty years of being a chef, I have never tasted better honey. In wine, the special natural environment, called terroir, is what separates the good from the great wines. Similarly, ABC honey’s flavor could only be the result of its unique place. All ABC honeys are special; they are complex, concentrated, rich and luscious: just like the forests they come from."

- Chef Al Pettijohn, Lewisburg, West Virginia

APPALACHIAN HEADWATERS

The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is a project of Appalachian Headwaters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Headwaters’ primary focus is on ecological restoration and environmental education. Headwaters creates and supports a wide range of environmental programs in addition to the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective.

FEATURED BEEKEEPERS

Each year, Appalachian Headwaters trains and supports a class of new beekeepers.

Colleen Fitts and Raine Nimmer
Colleen Fitts and Raine Nimmer

Alderson, WV

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STEVEN WEST
STEVEN WEST

FAYETTEVILLE, WV

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Sylvester "Sky" Edwards
Sylvester "Sky" Edwards

Northfork, WV

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