This is a sad story with a happy ending. So much news is depressing these days, bee-related and otherwise, we wanted to share this uplifting, 'feel good' story.

When a financial setback struck a well-known beekeeper in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the beekeeping community was there to support this dedicated beekeeper.

Craig Noorlander is a beekeeper that drives across the state to help other beekeepers and make sure as many New Mexicans as possible know about beekeeping and how important bees are to us all.

His wife considers his dedication an obsession, but he likes to think of it as a passion. He admits that her description is probably more accurate.

Craig put 29,000 miles on his specialized bee-carrying truck during the time he helped bee-folks out due to Covid-19.

His vehicle broke down twice earlier this year.

When he delivered “packages” of bees to customers, he became aware that some had overheated. He lost 300 packages out of the 760 packages he was delivering, so around 150 people did not get their bees.

This broke his heart. And his bank account. Craig had to take out a loan to pay back customers and fix his truck. It cost him about $50,000.

Here is a 2:30-minute video by KOB 4 Albuquerque, New Mexico, on this story:



When the New Mexico Beekeepers Association heard about Craig’s plight, they started a GoFundMe page to help him out. 

This is a very humbling experience for Craig. It has moved him to tears.

As of early May 13, in just one week, close to $23,000 has been raised to help Craig Noorlander. We have included the link here to make it easy for anybody who wishes to donate to Craig’s cause, but we have not validated this story, so please take it at face value or do your own due diligence before you donate.

This is a true outpouring of love and support from the bee community to one of their most cherished members. Craig Noorlander is humbled when people tell him he deserves it. He says he just tries to do the right thing and help people out. That’s what we are here for, he says, to help people out.

Thank you, Craig, for reminding us all.

Craig exemplifies the traits of the very insects he loves so much. Bees are all about community, service, sharing, and love. And so is Craig Noorlander.