Welcome! We are tickled that you’ve stumbled across our little blog. We are the Glacier County Honey Company, Greg and Courtney Fullerton, a pair of commercial beekeepers who live on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, just south of Canada, and just east of Glacier National Park. As Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler sing, This Is Us:
And this is Roy Rogers, our puppy dawg:
On this blog, Courtney gets to pretend she’s still an English/creative writing major at the University of Georgia – some days, she writes. Others, she uploads pictures. Occasionally, she makes a public service announcement. But, generally speaking, whatever she posts about is in some way related to the Glacier County Honey Company … even if that whatever is a picture from 1987 of Greg/Courtney + their siblings. After all, we cannot escape our raisin’, and the way Greg and Courtney were raised impacts the Glacier County Honey Company every day, in every way.
If you read this blog regularly, you’ll eventually end up reading about bees, beekeeping, honey, pollination, and all things related to Apis mellifera. And of course, we’ll encourage you to buy the best honey you’ve never tasted from us, along with gorgeous beeswax candles and ornaments. But you’ll also read about bee embroidered sheets, Stila lip gloss, grizzly bears, pickup trucks, quiet mornings, rockin’ Saturday nights, and grief. Courtney’s youngest brother, Howard, died on August 27, 2004, and she considers blogging about him to be not only cheaper than therapy, but also a beautiful way to talk about him in an everyday-sort-of-way.
If you haven’t read it before, here’s the Glacier County Honey Company’s story:
Greg Fullerton is a native of Glacier County, Montana, and a second generation beekeeper. In the early 1970′s, Greg’s dad, Bob Fullerton, began keeping bees in the Dakotas and later near Great Falls, Montana. Eventually, Bob founded what is now the Chief Mountain Honey Company, on the edge of Glacier National Park, just north of Babb, Montana, and just south of the Canadian border. Greg grew up helping his family keep bees, extract and sell honey, and make beeswax candles and ornaments.
After graduating from Cardston H.S. in Alberta, Canada, Greg enrolled in Montana State University to major in Wildlife Biology, though he continued to spend time helping his dad with the bees. Greg rejoined his dad as a beekeeper with Chief Mountain Honey and became interested in the pollination aspect of beekeeping. Greg founded Chief Mountain Pollination and began taking the Chief Mountain bees to the Sacramento Valley, in California, to pollinate the almond orchards. Greg worked for Steve E. Park Apiaries while in California and continues to do so today, generally from January through April of each year.
Courtney Stone Fullerton is a native of southwest Virginia. She grew up on a small farm on the Virginia-North Carolina border and comes from a long line of lawyers, farmers, and fabulous cooks. Courtney received her B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, Athens, and her law degree from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. Beginning when she was nine years old, Courtney traveled to Glacier National Park each summer. She, like the rest of her family, fell in love with the area. When Courtney was in college, she began spending each summer working near Babb, and moved to Montana directly after college graduation. Not long afterwards, Courtney’s family bought the remnants of the old Bar X 6 Ranch near Babb. They renamed it Hillhouse, after Courtney’s youngest brother, Howard Hillhouse Stone, who passed away in 2004.
In 2006, Greg became friends with Courtney’s brother, Sanford, who was living at Hillhouse. At an August 2007 party at Hillhouse, Greg was introduced to Courtney, who was practicing law in Missoula at the time. Not long after their meeting, Greg began finding many reasons to drive through Missoula and visit with Courtney, just as Courtney began finding many reasons to drive to Babb. It didn’t take Greg and Courtney too long to decide that they were “meant to bee.”
Greg and Courtney opened the Glacier County Honey Company on June 1, 2009. They were married on July 25, 2009, at Hillhouse, and went to work extracting honey approximately 36 hours after they exchanged vows. During their “honeymoon,” they extracted about 125,000 pounds of honey! In 2010, the pair designed and built their honey house, an 80 x 120′ warehouse for extracting honey, bottling honey, and making beeswax products. They built an apartment in the honey house, too, and moved into their “warehome” shortly before Christmas.
In May 2011, Greg and Courtney welcomed Maggie Rose, their first child, who arrived the same day that the bees returned home from California. They expect another beekeeper in June 2013, an equally convenient time of the year for young beekeepers to bee born. Never a dull moment at Glacier County Honey!
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