Author, State of Kentucky Apriarist
Tammy Horn Potter got her start by helping her grandfather with his beehives in 1997. In 2006-2010, she worked winter seasons with Big Island Queens in Hawaii. In 2008, she started Coal Country Beeworks, working with surface mine companies to establish pollinator habitat and apiaries in Eastern Kentucky.
In 2014, she became the KY State Apiarist, helping shape the Kentcky Department of Agriculture Pollinator Protection Plan and Kentucky Certified Honey Producers program. From 2015-2020, she has coordinated the USDA Honey Bee Health Survey in the state.
Tammy also serves on the boards of Eastern Apiculture Society, Project Apis M, Honey Bee Health Coalition, and Green Forests Work.
Tammy is the author of the following books - available wherever you buy your books:
- Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation (2005);
- Beeconomy: What Women and Bees teach us about Local Trade and Global Markets (2012);
- Flower Power: Establishing Pollinator Habitat (2019), and
- Work I Knew I Must: Reminiscences of Forty-One Years of Factory Life (2021).
Aug. 9, 2019
Dr. Tammy Horn Potter started her professional life with a PhD in American Literature. Today, she is State Apriarist for Kentucky. Along the way, she's taught English and literature at several universities in the Southeast, helped her grandfather - a...