Sweet Reward

March / April 2013

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BeeKeeperAs spring returns to Alabama, vibrant colors emerge from their winter sleep. Flowers are blooming, and bees are busy gathering nectar to produce golden honey. Beekeepers will also be hard at work this season, and Alabama beekeeping expert David Kelton is ready to get started. Kelton runs more than 200 hives and works with beekeepers all over the state. He also sells equipment and bees from his farm on Lookout Mountain. With 26 years of active beekeeping experience, Kelton is among the state’s leading experts. Kelton’s interest in beekeeping began in the early ‘60s, while he was in the Boy Scouts. “We were hiking through the woods in Gallant, and we came across an old hive,” he says. “Even though it had not...


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