Topic: “Apiforestation, the Future of Beekeeping”

Speaker: Tammy Horn

Time: Friday, September 28th @ 7PM
(Doors will open at 6:30 PM for mingling)

NOTE: Following the talk, Tammy will be signing copies of her books and there will be a tea and honey tasting for all to enjoy!

Location: The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore & Cafe
4812 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Dr. Tammy Horn graduated with a B.A. in English from Berea College in 1990. In 1997, she finished her doctorate at the University of Alabama in 1997 in Twentieth Century Modernism. This same year, she volunteered to assist her grandfather in his apiaries. The real education began. So, while teaching in English and Appalachian Studies departments in Alabama and Kentucky, she wrote Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation (University Press of KY 2005). She was a perfectly horrible beekeeper during this time.

Then, while teaching at Berea College, she was named NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies in 2006. Horn started a small honey bee monitoring project on coal mine sites. She also traveled to South Africa and Hawaii to intern with Big Island Queens. This time in the field was a first-rate education into industrial extraction and industrial queen production. Horn began to formulate a way to reclaim with pollinator habitat on mine sites in an effort to set up industrial beekeeping in eastern Kentucky.

In 2007, Horn traveled to Australia, specifically to study surface mining laws at Peabody Mine Sites, in MacKay, Queensland. In 2008, Horn started developing beekeeping-related reforestation methods on reclaimed mine sites at the Eastern Kentucky University. Her second book Beeconomy: What Women and Bees can teach us about Local Trade and Global Markets profiles international women beekeepers. Her third book Apiforestation: The Future of Beekeeping will complete a trilogy of bee awareness. In the meantime, Horn has lobbied successfully for the Pollinator Habitat Bill, which passed without opposition in 2010. The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign awarded her the 2010 Pollinator Advocate Award.

For more information about this lecture, please contact Burgh Bees at [email protected].