Well known urban beekeeper Andrew Cote and his wife Yuliana spent an afternoon with us while they were on tour in Ireland. Andrew is the founder of two non-profit organizations, Bees Without
Borders and the New York City Beekeepers Association (NYCBA). They came to see our Irish Black Bees, we gave them a honey tasting session and we shared beekeeping experiences – different in some ways but similar in many!
Andrew Cote is a fourth-generation beekeeper and polyglot who sells a
gorgeous array of local honey varietals at Greenmarkets year-round. He was born
into a beekeeping family in Connecticut and is (at least) the 4th generation to
carry on this ancient art. Andrew runs Silvermine Apiary, home of Andrew’s
Taste-Bud Bursting Local Wildflower Honey. Although tending to his many hives
in Connecticut and New York City is a full-time job, Andrew’s passions and
occupations are diverse.
The beekeeper dubbed by New York Times food journalist Mark Bittman as “one of
the industry’s legends” and by Bon Appetit as â€œhot temperedâ€, is a
Fulbright scholar and full-time professor as well as beekeeper extraordinaire.
Andrew is also the founder of two non-profit organizations, Bees Without
Borders and the New York City Beekeepers Association (NYCBA).
Through Bees Without Borders, Andrew teaches beekeeping as a method of
poverty alleviation for under-served communities from the local (East New York,
Brooklyn) to the far-flung (Iraq, Uganda, Nigeria, Haiti, and Ecuador, to name