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Growing from Deep Roots
The Story of Bee Wild
Bee Wild grew out of a longing of its founder, John Wright, to bring a piece of his childhood to an urban audience. John grew up in the spectacular beauty of the North Georgia mountains. Soon after high school, John was drawn to the bright lights of Atlanta, a city which, luckily for John, retains its deep Southern heritage. He soon became a man equally comfortable in two worlds: the slow-paced, nature-rich land of the mountains and the lively, culture-rich environment of Atlanta.
One of John’s passions is real food, and he has become somewhat of an encyclopedia on the subject). John’s father’s is a dedicated, enthusiastic beekeeper. One day it occurred to John that he could take the great passions of his and his father’s lives, raw and wild North Georgia honey, and bring it out of the mountains to a wider audience.
John’s dad started beekeeping on his 10th birthday in 1962 when his grandfather gave him 10 colonies of bees to raise as his own. From then on he kept bees in his backyard and at their family cabin on Lake Burton to take advantage of the Sourwood Honey flow. Sourwood is sought after worldwide and is considered by many to be the most “gourmet” honey in the world. Sourwood trees grow in very specific environments, and luckily for the family, they thrived in the North Georgia mountains, but were rare even 50 miles south.
John’s dad continued his beekeeping education through high school as well as college while earning his degree in forestry, learning every aspect of beekeeping.