I had my first experience in beekeeping many years ago when stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. I met an elderly gentleman through a church off base who needed help getting started in beekeeping. I ordered the bees and equipment through Sears Roebuck. I assembled the hives and installed the bees. It didn’t take long to realize that I was keeping the bees and my elderly friend just wanted to watch.
Soon thereafter, I received orders to relocate, and with my pregnant wife, infant daughter (now, a beekeeper herself), and our dog, I brought along the bees. We headed to sunny, south Florida, where I struggled for two years as a novice beekeeper.
Twenty-five years later, after moving to Georgia, I took a practical beekeeping course and began to develop a real passion for the honey bee. I have since enjoyed progressing through the certification process offered through the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program at Young Harris College. I ’m proud to say that I’ve come a long way since I first got started!
Today, I purposely keep the number of my hives low (approximately 15) because I like to keep the workload manageable and thus, enjoyable.
I am a member of several beekeeping clubs, including a founding member of the Appalachian Beekeepers of Georgia. I enjoy giving informal presentations to schools, garden clubs and seniors’ centers. I sell my hive products at Jasper's farmers market. I retrieve swarms for free and have a sideline business removing bee colonies from structures.
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487 Turkey Trail
Jasper, GA 30143
About Bud Champlin - Master Beekeeper - Certified by UGA/Young Harris College
Bud's Mountain Honey & Bee Removal