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Steve and Sandy Forest started Brushy Mountain Bee Farm in their kitchen over twenty years ago. The farm, located near Wadesboro, had revenues of over $2 million in 1998. The Forests not only raise bees and sell honey, but they also have a web site, publish a catalog, and supply beekeepers worldwide with supplies through a mail-order service.
Steve and Sandy Forrest began raising bees in the 1970s as a sideline. When thieves stole their 80 hives one year just before the harvest, it proved to be a disaster with the proverbial silver lining. The Forrests decided to make and sell beekeeping equipment. Today the Moravian Falls-based Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Inc., sends out 50,000 mail order catalogs a year. Sales in 2001 reached $3 million. The company is the biggest beekeeping-equipment company on the East Coast and second largest in the nation.
Steve and Sandy Forest, who started Brushy Mountain Bee Farm near Wilkesboro over twenty years ago, is BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA magazine's 2009 North Carolina Small Business of the Year. The Forests not only raise bees and sell honey, but they also have a web site, publish a catalog, and supply beekeepers worldwide with supplies through a mail-order service.