What started out as a little Google Group founded by Krista Harris, publisher of Edible Santa Barbara, has turned into over 100 enthusiastic Backyard Beekeepers yearning to learn more about the Majestic World of the Honey Bee.
In the spring of 2011, the group began its journey to more formal organization through the efforts of Todd Bebb and Paul Cronshaw. Now an established California non-profit, SBBA hopes to bring our goals of education, awareness and honeybee preservation to a new level.
We are fortunate to have some of the most knowledgeable and experienced Beekeepers living right here in Santa Barbara, willing to share this knowledge and experience with us. Learning how to take care of the Honey Bee, so that she can continue taking care of us, is what we all hope to do.
We hope you will enjoy this web site, learn from it, and contribute your experiences with the Bees.
Bee Well and Bee Happy
Paul Cronshaw / Board of Directors / Chairman & President
Paul “The Beeman” Cronshaw has been keeping honeybees in Santa Barbara County since graduating from SBHS in 1971. He set up his first hive on the roof of his parent’s house, purchased his first hive equipment from Sears catalog, and ordered a package of bees from Mississippi. Since then he has been following his passion for honeybees by teaching beekeeping classes to adults and youth, maintaining apiaries in the Santa Barbara area, removing and relocating honeybees humanely from structures, and recently starting a Host A Hive program to promote the urban beekeeping movement.
Kelton Temby / Board of Directors
A third generation beekeeper, Kelton Temby left rural Australia to become a medical robotics engineer designing systems to help doctors treat patients remotely. When not developing a new algorithm, prototyping a robot, or sharing the buzz about EyesOnHives, he’s found tending his backyard organic garden and bee hives or volunteering for the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association.
Dennis Hardy / Board of Directors
Dennis Hardy: At the beginning of my career, I had the good fortune of working closely with Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers and a restaurant industry icon. Dave strongly believed that hard work, humility, and personal accountability were the necessary requisites to achieve outstanding results. I think Dave was right, and his values have had a lasting influence on my approach.
Curtis Skene / Board of Directors
bio coming soon….
Andrew West / Head of Education
Andrew West, founded Live Hives in January 2011 after he found his passion working with and for bees. His vision is to transform beekeeping from a commercial, anthropocentric, factory-farm industry to a small-scale, compassionate practice that prioritizes the honeybees’ well- beeing over all else, and also to make a simple living by teaching and evangelizing small-scale, local backyard beekeeping and selling healthful and ethical bee balm products. He has top bar hives placed throughout the county, including Goleta, Santa Barbara, Buellton, Solvang, and Santa Ynez. Teaching beginning beekeeper classes is one of his other favorite pastimes. He is also an avid homesteader, organic gardener and a DJ (www.djthrifty.com) when he can find the time.