Forester Farms and Apiary, All Rights Reserved
51 Forester Dr
Rising Fawn, Georgia
Forester Farms and Apiary
Forester Farms and Apiary is a locally-owned and operated business in Rising Fawn, Georgia. We specialize in bee hive woodenware and supplies, square foot garden frames, custom saw milling, woodworking, and sustainable farming. We also do swarm removal. We are a distributor for Mann Lake beekeeping supplies.
Owner and operator Derick Forester is a third generation beekeeper, certified by Young Harris College and University of Georgia Beekeeper Institute. Our bee business is in memory of Derick's grandad and uncle who are the other 2 generations of keeping bees. In 2015, we came up with this picture to use for our honey labels and product labels. It is the original barn and corn crib here on Forester farms. The car was a 1947 Willis coupe that belonged to grandad Homer Lee Forester. It was modified to have a wood bed for hauling cotton and other farm products.
I am a third generation Bee keeper, promoting Beekeeping and Sustainable Farming. My Uncle and Grandfather kept bees also. The Forester's have been farming in the Rising Fawn area since 1838. My uncle passed away it 1978, when I was 16 and my grandfather was getting too old to keep the bees, so I took the opportunity in 2010 to take a class with the Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association to update my skills in beekeeping. So many things had changed from the way we were keeping bees. We now have problems of pests and diseases and also the growing problem on spraying insecticides, which was causing a major decline in our bee population.
After taking this class which was very informative, I was back into beekeeping and carrying on my family tradition. I also love doing wood working, so I started making my own hives for my bees and going to a couple of the association meetings in the area. Several new beekeepers asked me if I would make them a hive set for their bees. I started building and making woodenware and picking up a few supplies and selling them also. Today I am a distributor for a couple of different companies that supply me with quantity and quality beekeeping supplies. Within a couple of years, we began to grow with honey production and related products, such as beeswax candles and creamed honey to add to our beekeeping supplies.
Coming in 2018, we will be adding a farm stand to sell our grown products here. My grandfather's old house is being converted into a Honey House/Retail Store - come sit on the porch. We added a high tunnel house to the farm in 2016, where we can extend our growing season and provide great produce almost year around. This was a Department of Natural Resources federal funding (NRCS). A small greenhouse here at the farm helps us start our own plants and we will also be starting to grow bee pollination plants to sell. Our main goal is promoting beekeeping and providing quality products to our friends and neighbors and the hobbyist beekeeper. We also support our local beekeepers associations in the area.
Local Beekeeping Associations Meeting Times
Tri State Beekeepers Association 3rd Monday 7pm
114 Pace Drive
Trenton, Georgia 30752
President: Derick E. Forester
Chattooga Co. Beekeepers Association 2nd Tuesday 7pm
34 Middle School Road
Summerville, Georgia 30747
North Georgia Beekeepers Association 2nd Monday 7pm
Rock Springs, Georgia 30739
Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association 4th Monday 7pm
4311 Dayton Blvd
Red Bank, Tennessee 37415
Member Georgia Beekeepers Association. (GBA)