A loan helped me replace honeybee colonies and equipment that was lost in the Santa Rosa Tubbs fire last month.

Dewitt's story

I abandoned my career in the music industry in my early 40’s to turn a long time passion for bees into something bigger. I studied beekeeping and queen bee rearing at UC Davis and then joined the Sonoma County Beekeepers Association in 2005, which is how I was called to collect my very first swarm of bees. Since then, I’ve had up to 100 hives at a time stacked up all over western Sonoma County, producing about 3,000 pounds of honey per year. I’m proud of being known for purveying honey still in the comb. I’m trying to bring back that method of eating honey. In a time of mass adulteration of honey, honey in the comb is insurance to the consumer that it’s real honey.

From the very beginning of my keeping of bees I have been inspired by the Rudolf Steiner quote from his 1923 lectures 'The Bees': "The whole hive is in reality permeated with love. The individual bees renounce love in manifold ways, and thus develop love throughout the whole hive. One only begins to understand the life of the bees when one knows that the bee lives in an atmosphere completely pervaded by love. On the other hand the bee is quite especially favoured by the fact that, in its turn, it feeds upon just those parts of the plants which are also wholly pervaded by love. The bees suck out their food - which they then turn into honey - exclusively from those parts of the plants that are centred in love; they bring, so to speak, the love-life of the flowers into the hive."

This loan is special because:

It helps a treatment-free beekeeper rebuild his business after losing a third of his bees in the California wildfires in October 2017.

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About Kiss The Flower Honey Co.

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: More than 5 years
Website: kisstheflowerhoney.com


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