Cassandra Lawson admits that beekeeping wasn't popular and was considered "a little eccentric" when she first started.
"Most people thought that it was weird," the Decatur, Georgia, beekeeping teacher says. "Why would you want bees and you live in the middle of a city?"
But Lawson's not the only one fascinated with bees these days. Interest in beekeeping, or apiculture, has been on the rise in the United States.
Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine, estimates about 150,000 noncommercial beekeepers are in the United States – up from 110,000 in 2008.
Read the full story on CNN's Light Years blog: "Backyard beekeeping creates buzz"