Co-Founder and Director
Karen began beekeeping in April 2006. Since then, she has kept bees in her San Francisco backyard (Glen Canyon Park neighborhood). She has personally managed and co-managed up to 35 hives at one time.
Karen has taught beginning beekeeping classes every year continuously since 2007. Karen has been interviewed about honey bees, urban and backyard beekeeping in print, on radio, TV and video. She has generously mentored beginning and newer beekeepers while serving as Secretary of the San Francisco Beekeepers Association (SFBA) during 2008, and as President during 2009. In those capacities, she initiated and implemented innovations to address the growing public interest in bees and beekeeping, the needs of a growing and younger membership of new and aspiring beekeepers, and the imperative to shift SFBA philosophy away from "no-fault" beekeeping to "responsible" beekeeping.
Motivated by her desires to use bees for public good and to "give back" to bees, she teamed with Cameo Wood, a kindred yet complimentary spirit, to develop a vision for a new organization that has become San Francisco Bee-Cause (SFBC).
She co-manages SFBC's Bee Farm project and Seasonal Native Bee Survey project, and manages SFBC's 2-Year Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program,
Co-Founder and Director
Cameo was the proprietrix of Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper (HMSB) which she opened in the Mission district in June 2009. Not only was HMSB San Francisco's very first honey and beekeeping supply store, it likely is the first such store to open in a major U.S. city.
Through HMSB, Cameo has developed a local market economy for San Francisco and other Bay Area honeys, as well as for personal care and other products produced locally using local honey or hive ingredients.
Treasurer & Secretary
Steven began beekeeping at age 17. Since that time, he has continuously kept honey bees in such varied places as northern Maine, El Paso, Indianapolis, Paris France, Frankfurt Germany and, most recently, in San Francisco. Single-handedly, he has managed an apiary of 21 colonies.
Steven is a former officer of the El Paso Beekeepers Association and a former officer of the San Francisco Beekeepers Association. Steven has and continue to generously mentor and advise beginning and newer beekeepers. He is widely read and versed in apiculture, and in current developments in apiculture. Honey bees, fiscal responsibility and recordkeeping are among his passions.