Latshaw Apiaries is family operated by Joe, Leah, and Jacob Latshaw. We work with our bees using research guided practices to develop products and solutions for beekeepers. Our primary areas of focus include genetics, nutrition, and the production of premium local honey for our community.
At the young age of eight, Joe Latshaw saved his money and purchased his very first bee hive. His love of bees has been growing ever since. Joe completed B.S and M.S. degrees at Ohio State University and later a Ph.D. at Arizona State University focusing on honeybees and behavioral genetics. Joe now runs a premier selective breeding program in the beekeeping industry. Joe frequently investigates beekeeping challenges and shares his work in trade journals. His research interests include winter survivability, benefits of genetic diversity, queen rearing (find his recent publication here), and successful hive management without the use of chemical treatments. Joe leads training seminars and workshops throughout the US and Canada. Joe also volunteers his expertise for local beekeeping organizations and enjoys mentoring young beekeepers.
Leah Latshaw earned a B.A. from Capital University in biology and education and later completed an M.Ed. in school counseling from University of Southern Mississippi. After teaching science at both the high school and college level, Leah now focuses her attention on the honey side of the family business. Leah enjoys bringing local honey to the central Ohio community through year-round farmers markets and shops. She also enjoys working with college students on studies relating to pollen identification in honey samples (find her recent publication here).
Jacob Latshaw joined the family business when he was born in 2008. Jacob got his first bee suit at the age of three, and every summer he is a big help in the bee yards and at the farmers markets. Jacob has collected honey out of his very own hive, and continues to be the chief taste tester. His favorites include comb honey on crackers and cinnamon creamed honey.