Phil Craft

Title: Beekeeping Expert

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

Expertise: Beekeeping

Phil Craft keeps bees in the country near his home in Lexington, Kentucky, and served as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s state apiarist from 1999 through 2011. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives. He is also the Ask Phil columnist for Bee Culture magazine.


  • Phill helped to establish a statewide network of six regional beekeeping schools.
  • Phill helped foster the growth of local beekeeper associations in Kentucky.


  • He is a past president and past chairman of the Heartland Apicultural Society.
  • Phil is a former program chairman of the Eastern Apicultural Society.
  • Phil was also the president of the Apiary Inspectors of America.


He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio (BA in biology), and the University of Kentucky (BS in civil engineering).

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