Paul Cronshaw (“The Beeman”) 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 maintaining a small apiary in the Montecito foothills, mentoring beginner beekeepers, teaching beekeeping to high school students, removing and relocating honeybees humanely from structures, and recently starting a “bee-host” program to promote the urban beekeeping movement.
Todd Bebb started beekeeping in January of 2011, with an interest in Backyard Gardening, and a desire to help out the bees after seeing a local showing of Vanishing of the Bees. He joined the local Santa Barbara Beekeepers Google Group, took a Beginning Beekeeping Class that Paul offered at Fairview Gardens, and bought his first hive. He was immediately smitten by the Bees, and now takes on as many Bee Rescues and Relocations as he possibly can. He has been married to Helene for over 20 years and loves spending time with his sons, Chris and Kam.
Kathy Rem’s first hive began as a swarm in the olive tree outside her office. Already a member of the Santa Barbara Beekeeper’s Google Group as a result of being involved in the screening of the movie, Queen of the Sun, What are the Bees Telling Us?, she saw an opportunity to become the activist she wanted to be in saving the bees and posted a notice about the swarm. Todd Bebb responded immediately and to her absolute delight, set her up with a hive. That was in May of 2011. Kathy, and her husband Tom, now have four hives in their backyard and a growing appreciation and love of these amazing beings. Kathy does accounting by trade and is an artist, gardener, writer, and now, an avid beekeeper.
Tami Jauchen is a native Santa Barbaran from a family of farmers. She grew up with an appreciation for the role bees have in our our eco-system (bio-system?). Prompted by the arrival of a feral hive in her yard, she took a beekeeping class from Paul Cronshaw in 2011. Since then she has continued her education in beekeeping and now has three hives in her apiary. Tami is interested in educating others, especially kids and teens, about bees and beekeeping.
Tom Rem began his beekeeping career in the spring of 2011 with a swarm of bees and guidance from Todd Bebb. Since that time Tom has become an avid bee rescuer doing bait outs, cut outs, and catching swarms. In addition to experiencing the bees first hand, Tom has immersed himself in learning everything he can about bees. Through the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association he now enjoys offering beekeeping apprentice classes and presentations to local schools and organizations. Along with his love of the bees, Tom owns his own landscaping business, keeps up his home vegetable garden with plenty of flowers for the bees mixed in, and amid all of this, finds a little time to swing his irons on the golf course.