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Tammy Horn featured in The American Chestnut Foundation

Bee hives managed by Tammy Horn at Chavies, Ky, a site that has been reforested

Born in Leslie County, Kentucky, my grandfather Ted Hacker valued two natural resources above all: American chestnuts (Castanea dentata) and honey bees (Apis mellifera mellifera—Italian). The towering heights of the chestnuts, their wide girths harboring bee gums, the nuts he gathered for the family’s stock of pigs, and the honey he collected were imprinted upon him during the Depression years. The experience of cutting into a bee tree, gathering the honey, and heading home “up the holler” was more than a hobby. It meant small modest Christmas gifts (an orange with a peppermint stick), waterproof boots and cough syrups.

Even in the twilight years of his life, he spoke in awe of finding bees in the chestnut trees.


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Published on November 30, 2012

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