John Hartley began working with bees in 1977 while stationed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, with the U.S. Navy. Taking classes through the University of Hawaii's apiary program, he found a real passion for beekeeping. Today his wife, Donna helps out with the maintenance on their 150 hives outside Colorado Springs.
John has held numerous positions, including president, with both the local Pikes Peak Beekeepers and the Colorado State Beekeepers Associations. He teaches beekeeping classes every spring while acting as a mentor to fledgling beekeepers in the region.
Numerous awards and overall championships from the El Paso County Fair prove how well people seem to love his honey. He is also a three-time overall champion at the Colorado State Fair, and has won the "Traveling Trophy" from the Colorado State Beekeepers Association in four different years for the best honey in the state.
IN THE NEWS: The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO
John was interviewed and featured in a Sept. ’07 article about relocating honeybees.