How many folks are bee-keepers? – The practice of bee keeping entered Appalachia with the earliest European settlers, and honey was a prized sweetener long before granulated sugar was available. As late as the mid-20th century, most mountain farmers kept hives and practiced the skills of bee keeping. Honey was eaten at home, given to friends, and sold at roadside stands. Since the 1980s bee keeping has declined across the mountain region with the loss of small farms, the spread of hive diseases and fears of aggressive African bees. Still, bee keeping endures as a popular hobby and a well-organized cottage industry that provides the prize honeys of the mountains–tulip poplar, clover, and sourwood. #apiary #appalachia #beekeeping

How many folks are bee-keepers? - The practice of bee keeping entered Appalachia with the earliest European settlers, and honey was a prized sweetener long before granulated sugar was available. As late as the mid-20th century, most mountain farmers kept hives and practiced the skills of bee keeping. Honey was eaten at home, given to friends, and sold at roadside stands. Since the 1980s bee keeping has declined across the mountain region with the loss of small farms, the spread of hive diseases and fears of aggressive African bees. Still, bee keeping endures as a popular hobby and a well-organized cottage industry that provides the prize honeys of the mountains–tulip poplar, clover, and sourwood. <text and picture from Mountain Heritage Center of North Carolina><div class=
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