History of the Farm

Hunter’s Honey Farm is a family owned and operated farm. We are a fourth generation of beekeepers who have been producing honey and honey related products in Indiana for over 100 years.

Gilbert Perigo was born in 1890 and caught his first swarm while he was in high school in Boonville, Indiana. By 1910, he was managing several hives to pollinate his father’s apple orchard. He eventually built his apiary to 800 hives while at the same time teaching school. In 1951, he retired from teaching to take on the position of Chief Apiary Inspector for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and moved his apiary and family to Mooresville, Indiana. He and his wife Elizabeth raised 5 girls of whom Marian was the eldest. Marian married Max Hunter (an engineer for the Indiana Highway Department) and began teaching elementary school in Mooresville. Marian eventually began her own apiary of approximately 12 hives. Marian and Max had three children of whom Tracy was the youngest.

Tracy grew up helping his grandfather (Gilbert) harvest and extract the honey to be sold in local stores, orchards and from their front porch. In June of 1975, as a sophomore in high school, Gilbert helped Tracy hive his first swarm in downtown Mooresville. After graduating from Purdue University, Tracy married Christina Ramsay and together they continued adding to the apiary reaching 500 hives in 1998. In the Spring of 2004, Tracy helped 10 year old Ross hive his first swarm in Martinsville, Indiana. For the last two years, Ross has been our number one queen grafter.

Today, the Hunter family, along with Lanny, Jody, Jessica and Caleb, manages several hundred hives throughout the state to pollinate apples, melons, strawberries, pumpkins, and other similar crops.

In addition to working with bees, Tracy is a high school science teacher. Christina is a middle school family and consumer science teacher. Ross is studying biology at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Mackenzie has straight A’s in high school.

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