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Brothers earn beekeeper award

December 13, 2001|STAFF REPORT

Local beekeepers Dion and Brock Ashurst were recently honored as Young Beekeepers of the Year at the 112th California State Beekeepers Association Convention held Nov. 13-16 in Sacramento.

Every year the association honors beekeepers for work that helps the beekeeping industry and the CSBA. This year's winners are brothers and fourth-generation beekeepers who grew up around the bee business.

At ages 16 and 18 respectively, Dion and Brock Ashurst purchased 1,600 bee hives on their own. They have since split the hives in two and purchased more.

Besides running their own outfits, they continue to work with their father, Buddy Ashurst, owner of the American Honey Co. in El Centro. Dion manages the almond pollination and Brock manages springtime pollination and raises queen cells for the rest of the family. Both are involved in running alfalfa pollination.

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Dion, now 27, was born in El Centro and graduated from Central Union High School in 1992. He is married to Leslie and has two children, Brooklyn and Jackson.

Brock, now 25, was born in El Centro and graduated from Central in 1994. He is married to Bethany and has three children, Colby, Caleb and Caitlyn.

The brothers play for the city softball team, golf, hunt, are members of Ducks Unlimited and First Assembly of God in El Centro, where they are involved in the Royal Rangers program.

The two also have been involved in CSBA, chairing the rewards program and handling and setting up commercial exhibitors for the annual conventions.

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