“Bee populations are thriving. There is no threat of them disappearing anytime soon,” said Salida beekeeper Jamie Johnston. She is known locally for providing honey and other bee products at her store, The Beekeeper’s Honey Boutique, formerly Beeyond the Hive, at 209 W. Third St. “My family has been tending to bees for 109 years. We are very passionate about bees and the honey industry,” Johnston said. The knowledge of bees in her family runs four generations deep with the bulk of know-how currently held by her father, Lyle Johnston, also a Salida resident. The family operates Johnston Honey Farms, the oldest and largest beekeeping operation in Colorado.
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