Greg Fullerton is a native of Glacier County, Montana, and a second generation beekeeper. In the early 1970's, Greg's dad, Bob Fullerton, began keeping bees in the Dakotas and later near Great Falls, Montana. Eventually, Bob founded what became the Chief Mountain Honey Company, on the edge of Glacier National Park, just north of Babb, Montana, and just south of the Canadian border. Greg grew up helping his family keep bees, extract and sell honey, and make beeswax candles and ornaments.
After graduating from Cardston H.S. in Alberta, Canada, Greg enrolled in Montana State University to major in Wildlife Biology, though he continued to spend time helping his dad with the bees. Greg rejoined his dad as a beekeeper with Chief Mountain Honey and became interested in the pollination aspect of beekeeping. Greg founded Chief Mountain Pollination and began taking the Chief Mountain bees to the Sacramento Valley, in California, to pollinate almond orchards. Greg worked for Steve E. Park Apiaries while in California and continues to work with Steve, his treasured mentor and friend, generally from January through April of each year.
Courtney Fullerton is a Southern gal who grew up on a small farm on the Virginia-North Carolina border but has equally deep roots in the cotton fields of Georgia. Courtney received her B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, Athens, and her law degree from the Appalachian School of Law. Beginning when she was nine years old, Courtney traveled to Glacier National Park, Montana, each summer. She, like the rest of her family, fell in love with the area. When Courtney was in college, she began spending each summer working near Glacier, and moved to Montana directly after college graduation. Courtney has called Montana home since then.
In 2007, Greg and Courtney were introduced by her brother, Sanford, though surely their paths had crossed dozens of times over the years near Babb. At the time, Courtney was practicing law in Missoula and Greg was keeping bees in Babb. Not long after their meeting, Greg began finding many reasons to drive through Missoula and visit with Courtney, just as Courtney began finding many reasons to drive to Babb. It didn't take Greg and Courtney too long to decide that they were "meant to bee."
Greg and Courtney opened the Glacier County Honey Company on June 1, 2009. They were married on July 25, 2009, at their home near Babb, and went to work extracting honey approximately 36 hours after they exchanged vows. During their “honeymoon,” they extracted about 125,000 pounds of honey!
In 2010, Courtney and Greg designed and built their honey house, an 80 x 120′ warehouse for extracting honey, bottling honey, and making beeswax products. They also built an apartment in the honey house, and moved into their "Warehome" just before Christmas.
In 2011, Greg and Courtney welcomed their first child, a beautiful little girl who arrived the same day as the bees did from California - never a dull moment at Glacier County Honey Co!
In 2013, Greg's dad, Bob, decided to retire from selling retail honey, and Greg and Courtney proudly took over selling honey under the Chief Mountain Honey Company label of Greg's youth. In the midst of this transition, they also welcomed a son, who took a lesson from his sister and arrived 36 hours after the last load of California bees did.