Santa Paula Beekeepers Association:
The Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association (SBBA) was founded with one very simple goal: helping bees. And promoting and advancing beekeeping. And educating and mentoring people about best beekeeping practices. And increasing public awareness of environmental concerns affecting bees. Ok, so, technically it’s a lot more than just the one goal, but you get the idea.
SBBA is committed to the promotion and advancement of beekeeping through best management practices, the education and mentoring of people about bees and beekeeping, and increasing public awareness of environmental concerns affecting bees.
The SBBA is committed to providing education throughout our community to raise awareness of the plight of bees. We strive to inspire others to take positive action, whether it by planting a pollinator-friendly garden, eliminating the use of harmful pesticides, or simply being a vocal advocate for these amazing creatures. And of course, we also focus on empowering beekeepers of all levels to become better custodians of the bees!
Today, bees face an unprecedented set of challenges, from pesticides and parasites to pathogens and poor nutrition. We help influence local decision making to ensure that the interests of bee health are holistically aligned with the mutual interests of human health. And the best way to achieve this is through continuous community outreach and education.
In the spring of 2011, Paul Cronshaw began teaching beekeeping classes at Fairview Gardens in Goleta. Through the efforts of Paul and other passionate beekeepers, a group was formed and began its journey to a more formal organization. Now an established California non-profit, the SBBA is bringing education, awareness and honey bee preservation to a new level. We are fortunate to have exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced beekeepers living right here in Santa Barbara who are willing to share their bee wisdom with us. The more we learn to take care of the honey bee, the greater the chance that honey bees will continue taking care of us.
The mission of the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association is “Helping People Help Bees." We provide our community with mentoring resources and a variety of educational opportunities about bees and beekeeping best practices, as well as increasing public awareness of environmental concerns affecting bees.