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Appalachian Beekeeping Collective wins prestigious award


The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective (ABC), a project of the non-profit Appalachian Headwaters, recently won top prize in the food category of Garden & Gun magazine’s “Made in the South” contest.
Andrew Zimmern, who has both Emmy and James Beard awards for his work as a chef and a TV show host, was this year’s judge. Zimmern, quoted in Garden & Gun, said: “It’s not so much a honey for tea as it is the extra-special kind you’d happily slather on a biscuit.”
Since its creation in 2017, Appalachian Beekeeping Collective has helped hundreds of people in distressed counties learn how to raise bees, harvest honey and sell their products in an environmentally responsible way. Terri J. Giles, a former U.S. Senate aide and foundation executive who returned home to West Virginia for this venture, has been involved from the ground up and seen the multiple benefits of this social economic initiative.
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