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June’s Beyond Behnke’s Gardening Podcast ~ Beekeeping

Kate Fisher Bumbling Bee Apiary
Kate Fisher Bumbling Bee Apiary

Kate Fisher and Bumbling Bee Apiary


Our guest on today’s Beyond Behnke’s Gardening Podcast is Kate Fisher, the owner of The Bumbling Bee Apiary. Kate and her family live on a farm in Carroll County, Maryland, where she has taken her love of flowers and vegetables to learn about pollinators, which in turn led to beekeeping.


Listen to how Kate decided to become a beekeeper and why. She explains the steps she went through to become a beekeeper. Plus, she shares her passion for pollinators and what we can do to support them. Kate is a member of the Carroll County Beekeepers Association and the Maryland State Beekeepers Association.


Once Kate’s beekeeping took off, she started her family-owned company, The Bumbling Bee Apiary. You can find Kate on Facebook and Instagram.

About The Bumbling Bee Apiary And Other Bee Groups

The Bumbling Bee Apiary will harvest their honey around July; besides selling honey, they also make products like food wraps and skincare products. You can purchase her products online, but you can also find her at different community events.


Kate is very active in helping Carroll County get involved with Bee City USA and creating pollinator gardens.


Mission Beelieve in Taneytown, MD, nonprofit Beekeep education for First Responders and Veterans. Beekeeping is Therapeutic for those with PTSD https://www.missionbeelieve.com/.


She is taking a Sustainable Food and Farming course which includes Homesteading 101. Kate is working on her degree at the University of MD, and while doing this, she has taken classes on beekeeping at other online colleges.


Besides beekeeping, Kate and her family have a small orchard, chickens for eggs, dairy goats, and beef cattle Angus Hereford Cross. Their farm is part of her husband’s family’s farm–Fisher’s Poplar Lick Farm–and they have been raising cattle for decades. The two farms work together.


Where To Find Pollinator Information

If you want more information on what type of plants to put in your garden to attract pollinators, you can check Beyond Behnke’s Blog for many different articles.


To listen to this month’s podcast about Kate and her bees click here.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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