As one of the largest supporting networks for beekeepers in the Tri-Counties, the Santa Barbara Beekeeper's Guild partners with researchers, industry experts, exhibitors and your fellow beekeepers to bring you all of the latest in best practices, bee health and how you can become a backyard beekeeper.
Membership in the Beekeeper's Guild supports Santa Barbara Tri-Counties bees and beekeepers. Since 2007, The Guild has coordinated with over 20 schools and local organizations to provide support, education, and resources for young and emerging beekeepers around the state. The Guild is a voice of beekeepers in Santa Barbara area, working closely with local beekeepers and policymakers to promote safe and engaging ways in which we can educate our communities about the dangers of pesticides and the importance of planting bee friendly gardens, the first and best step to keep our ecosystems thriving.
The Beekeeper's Guild of Santa Barbara supports beekeepers and beekeeping. You membership helps support the Guild.
Laurie was introduced to the magic of honey bees as child while gazing through the glass walls of an observation hive and immediately knew she would one day keep bees. In 2016 she started with her first colony and now cares for numerous hives around Santa Barbara. A constant learner, she has been studying the Master Beekeeper Program, earning her Apprentice certificate through the University of California at Davis and her Journeyman certificate from the University of Montana. In her role as President of the Beekeeper’s Guild of Santa Barbara she is passionate about education and giving presentations to area schools, bringing live bees into the classroom. Observing her colonies throughout the cycles of the year brings new perspectives and gives her an even greater appreciation for these buzzy little miracles of our natural world.
Jay first discovered the joy of bees while watching them pollinate his garden and the avocado orchard in which he lives, soon realizing they should have a nearby place to call home. Jay has spent the last decade exploring emerging and alternative streams of revenue in the digital economy, and now leverages that expertise in web development and fundraising as the VP of the Beekeeper's Guild of Santa Barbara. Outside of the office, you can find Jay spending time with his partner Ben, taking care of their hives and traveling the world in search of new and tasty varieties of honey.
Pam is an organic gardener who was introduced to beekeeping when her then-12-year-old son wanted a hive. After he went to college, a swarm took up residence in the old hives and bees have been in the yard ever since, bringing us joy and honey.
In 2015 Ann began replacing her lawn with a food forest, and by 2017 she got her first beehive. Ann’s background is in theatre arts, including a successful career in Los Angeles. Retiring from Hollywood, but never the stage, Ann moved to Santa Barbara in 1992 to raise her family. Ann is forever grateful to the honeybee for all they share, blessed to live along the coast here in Santa Barbara, and so fortunate to be an active member of BGSB and to serve on the this board.
Barbara began her love affair with bees in 2010 when she saw an advertisement for a beekeeping class offered by a local beekeeper and thought it sounded interesting. Little did she know how it would change her perceptions of the natural world. Now she gets to share that love with kids throughout Santa Barbara teaching them about the importance and magic of bees.
Juanita has lived in Santa Barbara for over twenty-five years and has kept
bees for the last seven. She has had up to ten hives which produced over
twenty gallons of honey in 2019. After taking Apprentice and Journeyman
classes online from the University of Montana, she has received her
Journeyman certificate for beekeeping. The next challenge she looks forward
to is to study with the University of Montana once again to work towards her
Masters in Beekeeping.
Tami was looking forward to beekeeping when she retired but Mother Nature had another plan! When a swarm arrived in her yard in 2010, she figured she better get busy and learn what it took to take care of them. A decade later she is stIll enjoying learning which has led her on the path to becoming one of California's Master Beekeepers. Tami serves as the Education Director on the Board of Directors for the Beekeeper's Guild of Santa Barbara and she looks forward to bringing a diverse group of speakers to share their varied knowledge and experience with our local "beeks."
Isabella is a current freshman at UCSB and has been a beekeeper for 6 years. In High School she founded a beekeeping and environmental conservation club and worked to spread awareness about pollinators in her hometown in Texas. She is currently interning as the Beekeeper's Guild of Santa Barbara's newsletter and website editor and is looking forward to getting involved within the Beekeeping community!