Started in 2014 by (now) husband and wife team Carlier and Sally, Queen City Bee Co. beekeepers know honey bees practically better than they know themselves. Based in Cincinnati, OH, the Queen City Bee Co. beekeeping team is made up of dedicated beekeepers who are passionate about saving honey bees, raising and saving honey bees using sustainable methods, and sharing their honey bee knowledge with anyone who will listen.
Meet The Founders
When he's not saving people, he's saving honey bees. Queen City Bee Co. Co-Founder and Head Beekeeper Carlier Smyth is a Cincinnati Fire Department firefighter who took up beekeeping over five years ago looking for a challenge. What he found was a passion for all things honey bees.
Queen City Bee Co. Co-Founder, Business Manager, and Beekeeping Apprentice Sally Pope is a public health professional with a beekeeping angle. She loves playing with honey bees on the weekends, organizing spreadsheets at night, and experimenting with honey bee products in the kitchen. Sally claims to eat bee pollen every day.
Meet the Apprentice Beekeepers
In 2016, Queen City Bee Co. expanded our beekeeping team to include two dedicated beekeeping apprentices. Jeff and Nancy have proven themselves to be valuable members of the Queen City Bee Co. team through their drive, commitment and desire to learn all things honey bees.
An artist and a business consultant with interests in botany and entomology, there's no wonder why Jeff signed up to be a beekeeping apprentice. Fascinated by the secret lives of bees and their vital role they play in food production, he was resilient to participate despite his childhood fears. Now he embraces getting bee stings. You can see his smiling faces at the various farmer's markets and special events that Queen City Bee Co. is in around the Greater Cincinnati area!
Our mission is to provide high quality bee products, research-based education/innovation, and unique interactions with honey bees through sustainable practices.