Washington Post: Why West Virginians in coal country are turning to beekeeping


Leisa Moten has a stable job as a church administrative assistant in West Virginia, but like some others in her town of Pipestem, which has a population of 846, she is living below the poverty line, earning $15,800 a year.

Where she lives in southern West Virginia, the poverty rate reaches as high as 28 percent in certain areas, and unemployment in some counties is more than twice the national average.

Making ends meet is sometimes a challenge, she said, and well-paying jobs can be hard to come by. So Moten, 58, was interested when she learned that a nonprofit in her community, Appalachian Beekeeping Collective, . . .

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