Grant and Nancy Gillard live in Holden, MO and have been in the bee business for more than 30 years.
Grant began keeping bees on the family farm in Glenville, MN after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Agriculture in 1981. Grant combines his passion for beekeeping with his other interests, ministering at the Presbyterian Church, and trap shooting. He’s a renaissance man.
Gillard Honey currently operates around 200 hives and produces honey for local retail sales and farmers markets in Lee’s Summit and Warrensburg. His methodology attempts to keep the bees as natural as possible with sustainable practices, including raising his own locally-adapted queen honey bees. He also sells nucs, removes swarms and has published several books on the topics of beekeeping and raising queens.
Grant was the 2009-2011 President of the Missouri State Beekeepers Association. He is a popular speaker at regional and national conferences where he shares his insights, personal vision and methods on how to hang tough in the face of keeping bees.
Nancy is a Presbyterian minister and you can say hi to her at the Lee’s Summit and Warrensburg Farmers Markets. She has gained her knowledge about beekeeping by living with Grant for more than 30 years.