Beginning Backyard Beekeeping (B3) Classes
Four to six times a year, members meet for two hours at an educational apiary to get hands-on beekeeping experience centered around the seasonal changes and needs of a honey bee colony. Due to COVID-19, these meetups are currently being held virtually, via Zoom.
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.
Julia Walther received her bachelor’s degree from UCSB in Global Studies and holds a master’s degree in Business Taxation from USC. While a student, Julia founded Bee Conscious, a student organization dedicated to teaching students about bees, issuing beekeeping licenses and organizing talks, seminars and local plant life tours.
Julia founded bee conscious, a UCSB student organization dedicated to teaching students about bees, issuing beekeeping licenses and organizing local plant life tours.
Director & Treasurer
Dennis is a 43-year resident of Santa Barbara, a hobbyist beekeeper since 2011 and an active member of the SBBA since shortly after its inception. He has served on the SBBA’s Board of Directors since 2017. As President/CEO of local marketing firm EvansHardy+Young, Dennis brings substantial management experience to his duties with SBBA.
Dennis has been active in the SBBA since shortly after its inception, and brings substantial management experience to his role as Director.
Director & Secretary
After returning to his hometown of Santa Barbara from a 25-year private equity career in Asia, Curtis wondered what had happened to all the bees that used to frequent his home’s gardens. Learning of the plight of the honeybee, he decided to take up beekeeping, under the guidance of his childhood friend Paul Cronshaw.
Curtis brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the SBBA; he served as its past Managing Director from 2013-2019 and currently serves on its board.
Curtis was instrumental in establishing a cooperative program between California’s beekeepers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which ensures beekeepers receive early warning of pesticide application in areas where beehives are located.
Curtis has been keeping bees since 1994 and has recently developed a new interest in California’s native pollinators. When he is not keeping the bees, he is running the local nonprofit, Partners in Community Renewal.
Curtis helped establish a cooperative program in California in which beekeepers receive early warnings of pesticide application in areas where beehives are located.
Kelton is the founder of Eyesonhives, a computer vision based bee hive health monitoring system comprised of a camera and data platform for beekeepers, researchers & citizen scientists.
Manager of Apiary Operations
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Melissa grew up following behind her father as he kept bees. Melissa after all does mean honey bee in Greek! Melissa graduated from Antioch University with a Master’s in Education, focusing on the importance of outdoor education in schools. She has multiple hives that are handmade and unique. She presents honey bees and beekeeping to all ages. It is never too early or too late to learn about these magnificent creatures.
Paul “The Beeman” Cronshaw has been keeping honey bees 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 honey bees by teaching beekeeping classes, maintaining apiaries, humanely removing and relocating bees when needed, and promoting the urban beekeeping movement.
Paul “The Beeman” Crenshaw has been keeping honey bees in Santa Barbara County since graduating from SBHS in 1971.