Dakota Lukach and Jazzlee Molineaux work together in their bee yard, about a 45-minute drive from Bluefield, West Virginia. The couple never expected to become beekeepers but are now two of the 100 beekeeper partners in the Appalachian Bee Collective.
The collective is a project of Appalachian Headwaters, an environmental education and land restoration nonprofit located in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Lukach and Molineaux developed their beekeeping skills under the watchful eyes of Mark Lilly, mentor and head beekeeper of the Appalachian Bee Collective. Lilly is also a lifelong resident of the area and knowledgeable in its history.