There's a beautiful simplicity in the way that bees work together to support their colony while at the same time providing invaluable benefits to the world around them.  Here at The Happy Hive Homestead we try to frame our own lives in this way - paying attention to the health and happiness of our own hive while also making a positive impact on the world around us.  That is what homesteading is about for us.


Our "hive" is in Williston, Vermont on a small 3 acre homestead with a view of Vermont's iconic "Camel's Hump". In addition to raising bees who provide the wax and honey for our homemade health and food products, we raise fruits and vegetables and are beginning to explore maple sugaring.  When the weather is right, you'll find us baking pizza or bread in our outdoor oven, with kids on the swings and friends rolling out the dough!


This website is your invitation to join us on our journey toward homesteading and sustainable living.

Carrie Williams Howe

Queen Bee


Carrie has been working in the higher education and nonprofit fields since 2000 and speciailizes in the intersection between the two.  In her spare time, she is a freelance writer and educational consultant.


Her roles in the hive include: head organizer and planner, web master, photograher, writer, sous chef, garden hand, and business manager.

Carrie writes about Parenting for Parent Co Magazine and about homesteading for Mother Earth News.

Eric Howe

Bee Keeper


Eric is an environmental scientist and has spent over 20 years working to improve water quality of lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks and Vermont, including Lake Champlain, where he spent countless hours as a child with his extended Vermont family.


Eric's roles in the hive include: general contractor, heavy equipment operator, head of manual labor, cook, menu planner, recipe tester, editor, engineer, log splitter, and horticulturalist, and chief dog exerciser. 

Maddie & the kids

Worker Bees


Three worker bees round out our team - two of the two-legged kind, and one four-legged.  Sometimes they help shovel and weed; sometimes they just run around the property; and quite often they enjoy the fruits of our labor. Just as it should be.

The Happy Hive             carrie.w.howe@gmail.com

Coming to you from suburban Vermont, United States