Killer Bees Honey Designated as a Wildlife Refuge
Local fields and gardens are abuzz with a bit of good news emanating from Lake Toxaway and Killer Bees Honey.
The fortunes of local honeybees has gotten a little bit sweeter with the announcement that Lake Toxaway’s Killer Bees Honey has been designated as a Wildlife Refuge under the North Carolina Conservation Lands Program.
“We continually strive to be an excellent steward of the land by making a way station for migrating pollinators and birds. A better place not just for visitors like us, but a home for generations of insects and animals that pollinate 90 percent of the surrounding Pisgah Forest and the adjacent Southern Appalachian Mountains” said Sean Collinsworth and Denise Altay, owners of the 75-acre apiary. “Back In 2016, we began utilizing the US & NC Forest Service for controlled burns on our property. Over the years we have employed mechanical fuel reduction strategies to clear invasive plants like rhododendron, and replace them with several thousand native plants.”
All of that labor and all of that attention to detail has won Killer Bees Honey an international name for the purity of its honey. It’s a result of the concentrated nectar of the indigenous flora within a three-mile radius of the hive. Thus, Killer Bees Honey that’s harvested from these micro-regions in the mountains is uniquely different from honey harvested anywhere else.
“We are the only bee keepers in the United States who send their honey to be analyzed for purity of content by Intertek in Germany and Sweetwater Science Labs in Missouri, and then publishes the reports online. Our honey tested 100 percent pure from all pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, antibiotics and herbicides including glyphosate (Round Up),” the couple said.
You can witness this all by touring the farm (visit Bear Tracks Travel Center at Lake Toxaway for a Shuttle – (312) 909-5878), or, for even sweeter proof, order the products of this happy apiary at killerbeeshoney.com.