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In Celebration of the Bees

When Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen (1945-2022) was cleaning out his office in Briggs Hall, UC Davis Department of Entomology and...

This framed photo of an image, once  belonging to the late Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, shows an ancient rock painting from Zimbabwe. A beekeeper is using a smoker.
This framed photo of an image, once belonging to the late Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, shows an ancient rock painting from Zimbabwe. A beekeeper is using a smoker.

This framed photo of an image, once belonging to the late Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, shows an ancient rock painting from Zimbabwe. A beekeeper is using a smoker.

These are Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes displayed in The HIVE, Woodland, part of Z Specialty Food that he founded. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These are Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes displayed in The HIVE, Woodland, part of Z Specialty Food that he founded. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes displayed in The HIVE, Woodland, part of Z Specialty Food that he founded. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 4:38 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Food, Health, Innovation, Natural Resources

One More Look at California Honey Festival

One more look at the annual California Honey Festival, held Saturday, May 7 in downtown Woodland... They came to taste the honey,  learn about...

A crowd descends on the California Honey Festival, held last Saturday in downtown Woodland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crowd descends on the California Honey Festival, held last Saturday in downtown Woodland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crowd descends on the California Honey Festival, held last Saturday in downtown Woodland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees inside a glassed-in observation hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees inside a glassed-in observation hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees inside a glassed-in observation hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Claire Tauzer of Tauzer Apiaries/Sola Bee Farms welcomes the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Claire Tauzer of Tauzer Apiaries/Sola Bee Farms welcomes the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Claire Tauzer of Tauzer Apiaries/Sola Bee Farms welcomes the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Donned in a bee costume, Wendy Mather, program manager of the UC Davis-based California Master Beekeeper Program, drew scores of admirers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Donned in a bee costume, Wendy Mather, program manager of the UC Davis-based California Master Beekeeper Program, drew scores of admirers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Donned in a bee costume, Wendy Mather, program manager of the UC Davis-based California Master Beekeeper Program, drew scores of admirers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

May I take your photo? Of course, you may!
May I take your photo? Of course, you may! "Queen Bee" Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, poses with a festival-goer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

May I take your photo? Of course, you may! "Queen Bee" Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, poses with a festival-goer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Uncle Jer" (Jer Johnson, far right) of Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show, shows festival-goers his bee observation hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Uncle Jer" (Jer Johnson, far right) of Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show, shows festival-goers his bee observation hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 4:48 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Family, Food, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

The Beekeeper

 Ishai Zeldner, a beekeeper turned businessman, would have been proud. Zeldner, who died in 2018 at age 71, would have been proud to see...

These are Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes in The Hive, Woodland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These are Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes in The Hive, Woodland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes in The Hive, Woodland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A close-up of Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes in The Hive, Woodland. He documented his work on the bee boxes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A close-up of Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes in The Hive, Woodland. He documented his work on the bee boxes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A close-up of Ishai Zeldner's bee boxes in The Hive, Woodland. He documented his work on the bee boxes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ishai Zeldner loved starthistle honey; his business began with this varietal. Here a honey bee forages on a starthistle, a weed loved by beekeepers but hated by farmers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ishai Zeldner loved starthistle honey; his business began with this varietal. Here a honey bee forages on a starthistle, a weed loved by beekeepers but hated by farmers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ishai Zeldner loved starthistle honey; his business began with this varietal. Here a honey bee forages on a starthistle, a weed loved by beekeepers but hated by farmers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 4:46 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Family, Food, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Nature Day Celebration: Pride of Madeira, Pride of The Hive

If you've recently visited the pollinator gardens at The Hive, a family business owned by Z Specialty Food, 1221 Harter Way, Woodland, you've...


"Queen Bee" Amina Harris of Z Specialty Food is also the executive director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Queen Bee" Amina Harris of Z Specialty Food is also the executive director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Josh Zeldner, nectar director at Z Specialty Food, stands by the bee-themed conference table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Josh Zeldner, nectar director at Z Specialty Food, stands by the bee-themed conference table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Josh Zeldner, nectar director at Z Specialty Food, stands by the bee-themed conference table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Liz Luu, formerly of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, serves as the marketing manager and the tasting room manager. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Liz Luu, formerly of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, serves as the marketing manager and the tasting room manager. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Liz Luu, formerly of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, serves as the marketing manager and the tasting room manager. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A wide-angle of The Hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A wide-angle of The Hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A wide-angle of The Hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This honey bee appears to be giving a
This honey bee appears to be giving a "high five" of approval as it forages on the Pride of Madeira. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This honey bee appears to be giving a "high five" of approval as it forages on the Pride of Madeira. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 5:01 PM
Tags: Amina Harris (78), bees (98), honey (44), Josh Zeldner (2), Liz Luu (2), mead (15), Nature Day (2), pollinator gardens (2), tasting room (1), The Hive (4), Woodland (5), Z Specialty Food (4)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Family, Food, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

A Taste of Honey--and a Sip of Mead!

You may associate “tasting room” with wine in the Napa Valley, or olive oil in Fairfield, but now there's a tasting room in Woodland to...

The newly constructed HIVE, owned by Z Specialty Food, Woodland. (Photo by Elizabeth Luu)
The newly constructed HIVE, owned by Z Specialty Food, Woodland. (Photo by Elizabeth Luu)

The newly constructed HIVE, owned by Z Specialty Food, Woodland. (Photo by Elizabeth Luu)

Napa Valley has its wine tasting rooms, but Northern California now as a honey and mead (honey wine) tasting room at The HIVE, Woodland. (Photo by Elizabeth Luu)
Napa Valley has its wine tasting rooms, but Northern California now as a honey and mead (honey wine) tasting room at The HIVE, Woodland. (Photo by Elizabeth Luu)

Napa Valley has its wine tasting rooms, but Northern California now as a honey and mead (honey wine) tasting room at The HIVE, Woodland. (Photo by Elizabeth Luu)

Amina Harris, the self-described
Amina Harris, the self-described "Queen Bee" of her family-owned Z Specialty Food, is photographed in the tasting room of The HIVE.

Amina Harris, the self-described "Queen Bee" of her family-owned Z Specialty Food, is photographed in the tasting room of The HIVE.

Posted on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 4:07 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

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