Natural Beekeeping


The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is committed to using natural beekeeping techniques that are bee-friendly and free from synthetic pesticides and antibiotics.

Central Appalachia is an ideal location for natural beekeeping. The abundance of diverse forest and undeveloped land in our region helps keep our bees healthy. Our native Appalachian forests host an abundance of nectar-rich species such as tulip poplar, black locust, sourwood, and wildflowers. Most agricultural land is devoted to livestock, meaning that much of the area is covered is excellent bee forage, like clover. We have minimal agricultural crops to contribute to the range synthetic chemicals other bees often endure.

Our expert staff helps our members follow a strict protocol rooted in cutting-edge science to ensure our bees are healthy, happy, and chemical free. Partners in our program never use antibiotics or synthetics in their colonies. We make sure our member apiaries are located on land not treated with synthetic pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. We also work to ensure our hives are placed in areas with plenty of natural forage, clean water, and low density of other bees. ABC staff regularly inspect member apiaries to make sure our protocol is closely followed.

We are also developing a queen breeding program using survivor stock to develop a hardy line of bees adapted to life in Appalachia. Each new generation of bees even better adapted to our region than the last.