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Kent Williams, Western Kentucky Beekeeper & KSBA member

Sat, February 18, 2023 11:14 AM | Phillip Craft (Administrator)

I have known Kent Williams for over 25 years. I recall our first meeting, though I can’t remember exactly where I met Kent. At a KSBA beekeeping meeting - somewhere in Kentucky. Likely at a University of Kentucky county extension office in a rural Kentucky county where the meeting was being held.  I have memories of Kent and I standing outside discussing Buckfast queens. I recently ran across this YouTube video of Kent discussing his beekeeping operation and teaching other beekeepers in his beekeeping school. Kent is joined in the video by several other beekeepers from Western Kentucky & elsewhere in this vide. Kent looks much the same as when I first met him all those years ago, big & burly, though like myself greyer, especially the hair on hie face. Kent maintains several hundred hives in Western, Kentucky and Mississippi, he also send hives to California each year to pollinate almonds.

Kent operates his hives in Kentucky and Mississippi, is a EAS (Eastern Apicultural Society) Master Beekeeper, and sends hives to California to pollinate almonds most years. Each spring he, and his family host the Kent Williams Beekeeping School on his farm in Wingo, Kentucky. This year this event will be held from April 20 - 22nd. For more information go to the Lake Barkley Beekeepers Facebook page at, or you can call Chuck Williams at The Bee Barn, in Paducah, Kentucky - (270) 519-4772 for more information. Film of last year’s school is shown in the video. The school is hands on, meaning you get to work in hives, is free, but donations to cover food is welcome. I have been told that the food is excellent. Maybe Western Kentucky barbeque?  I plan to travel to Wingo for this years school.

I think you will enjoy this video about Kent. so watch & listen to Kent talk about his beekeeping journey. This YouTube video was created by Eric Manning

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