The Northern Bee Network is an online directory of individuals selling honey bee queens and nucs. It is free for producers, and all beekeepers can be listed by filling out a simple form. The goal is to have a directory where queen producers can find each other to share ideas and genetics and where beekeepers can find individuals selling local queens and bees.
The Northern Bee Network was started in 2013 through a Kickstarter campaign by Meghan Milbrath, a beekeeper and small-scale queen producer in Michigan. In 2014 the campaign was funded by 82 backers and with generous support from the Michigan based internet marketing firm Valorous Circle, and logo design by Andy Sell, the Northern Bee Network was born. In 2015, Meghan accepted a position at Michigan State University working in bee research and extension. She continues to run the Northern Bee Network as part of her extension activities at MSU.