2014 Winner Herbert Everhart
Winner of the Second Annual Community Leadership Award
|Thursday, May 14, 2015
In Remembrance of Herb Everhart, 2014 Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award Winner
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Herbert Everhart, owner of Eversweet Apiaries
, is a disabled Vietnam veteran, West Virginia beekeeper, farmer, and winner of the second annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award and the accompanying $5,000. In partnership with the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association (WVEPBA), Herb has developed a program designed to educate veterans on all aspects of beekeeping, including establishing hives and marketing their products.
Grateful for the medical care he received after losing a leg while serving in the Vietnam War, Herb wanted to help veterans recover from war and assimilate back into civilian life through beekeeping. He enjoys the camaraderie of his fellow veterans and works in a youth program as well, which includes his 15-year-old grandson who helps him in his iris growing business.
When he first joined WVEPBA, the club consisted of five people. With his help and the help of many others, the club now has 170 members. He currently serves as mentor coordinator for new beekeepers. He manufactures beekeeping woodenware and sells all things related to beekeeping. Eversweet Apiaries has donated many hives, equipment and bees to WVEPBA's youth program and veterans' program.
Herb has published a beekeeper's guide book that he distributes for free. "I tell everyone when you keep bees, you have to be on the bees' schedule and not your own. Long gone are the days when bees can take care of themselves. Honey bees need us just as much as we need them."