Adaptive Apiary for the Education of Appalachian Military Veterans

Project Overview

Project Type: Education Only
Funds awarded in 2023: $41,000.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2025
Grant Recipients: Morehead State University; Veterans' Outreach
Region: Southern
State: Kentucky
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Amanda Skidmore
Morehead State University
Dr. Tammy Potter
Commonwealth of Kentucky-Department of Agriculture
Polly Rafferty
Veterans' Outreach
Dr. Silas Session
Morehead State University

Project terminated 8/14/2023; Institution declined funds.


  • Animals: bees


  • Crop Production: beekeeping
  • Education and Training: demonstration, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: business planning
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal abstract:

    Project terminated 8/14/2023; Institution declined funds.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The overarching goal of this project is to provide education for stakeholders by teaching hands-on sustainable, best management practices for modern commercial apiary production. This goal will be achieved through the completion of our major objectives:

    1. Development and Establishment of an Adaptive Educational Apiary
    2. Installation of Educational Pollinator Habitat Demonstrations, focusing on Appalachian trees and flora such as basswood, sourwood, witch hazel, and wildflowers
    3. Beginning Beekeeper Workshop Series (8-part Series, taught twice: 2023-2024 and 2024-2025
    4. Advanced Beekeeping Lecture Series (5-part Series, taught once as a follow up for Series I participants, 2024-2025).
    5. Appalachian Pollinator Health Workshop, capstone workshop to share the results of the project.
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.