We take the long view
in caring for honeybees
The Santa Cruz Bee Company puts the needs of the bees first, placing them in a biodiverse environment that can sustain them naturally year round. The bees are not here to cater to us, so our focus is not on honey or other products of the hive, but rather to see that the environment is providing the bees with what they need to succeed.
We practice natural beekeeping
We do not treat bees with chemicals to control for parasites and disease, but rather focus on integrated pest management and breeding for genetic resistance to mites. By breeding from locally adapted survivor stock, practicing small-scale stationary apiculture and by using bee-centric management techniques, we see greater survival of bees naturally over time, without supplemental feeding and medicating. With the proper monitoring and management of honeybee colonies, we believe the bees can and will thrive!
Santa Cruz Bee Company offers a number of services throughout the Bay Area
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Emily Bondor graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011. Since then, her work has been in the non-profit, educational and environmental sectors with a focus on outdoor education and organic agriculture. Emily began keeping bees on Maui while pursuing a permaculture design internship. She soon found herself diving head-first into the technical and scientific realm of breeding queen bees for the Maui Queen Bee Company. Emily moved back to California in 2014 to begin work as an Associate Apiculturalist for the Napa Valley Bee Company. In 2015 she started her own business, The Santa Cruz Bee Company. Through SCBC, Emily consults and mentors beginner beekeepers, manages apiaries throughout Santa Cruz county, and teaches beekeeping classes through the Cabrillo College Extension.