Appalachian Headwaters, one of our newest projects, featured by the @nytimes for their good work in #WV 🐝🌳🌎
"In Hinton, West Virginia, a nonprofit called Appalachian Headwaters is converting a 1940s summer camp into an apiary. Their aim: to help displaced coal workers and military veterans get into the #honey business. The area is “bee paradise,” says Deborah Delaney, who oversees the #apiary and bee program at @udelaware. It’s largely forest, unsullied by the pesticides that threaten the insects in industrial farm areas, and it has plant species like black locust and sourwood whose honey can fetch a high price. Deborah and the nonprofit’s staff are currently working to get the colony established on a hillside behind electrified wire fencing to protect them from bears. Next spring, they plan to distribute about 150 hives to 35 beekeepers, either free or through a low- or no-interest loan. Come harvest time, the #beekeepers would bring their honey-laden frames to the camp for extraction and processing; organizers would pay them for their yield and then sell the honey to support the program. @george_etheredge photographed these #🐝s from the apiary in Hinton, West Virginia. Visit the link in our profile to read more about alternative-energy jobs in coal country."
Published on Oct 03, 2017