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 25 years and loves spending time with his sons, Chris and Kam.
Gina Jepson, Secretary and SBBA founding member, brought five years of beekeeping experience, as well as being responsible for creating the Sweet Start concept. She and her husband built our first website and were instrumental in much of the early branding and formation of SBBA's many programs, including the Master Beekeeper Certification program.