2008 Recipient: Kelley Penn and Quinton Ellison – Balltown Bee Farm

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Beekeeping

Kelley Penn and Quinton Ellison, owners of Balltown Bee Farm in Swain County, are raising naturally mite resistant honeybees to sell to beekeepers in the local area.

With the grant, they expanded their apiary to 50 hives and purchased the equipment needed for the larger operation.

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Kelley Penn and Quinton Ellison
Balltown Bee Farm

"The grant really helps make this a business more than just a hobby," Kelley said.
"Our business totally turned the corner," Quinton said.

Swain County

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