Founder | Napa Valley Bee Co.
Rob Keller received his MFA from UC Davis in 1999, where he became interested in incorporating bees into his art practice. As the owner of a small bee business, The Napa Valley Bee Company, his goals are to build a community of beekeepers in his area that practice responsible, sustainable hive management with the bees’ best interest in mind. These days the bees are working less for Rob’s art, and he’s working more for the bees – becoming one of the leading sustainable beekeepers in his area. Rob currently manages three large scale apiaries in Napa Valley and teaches beekeeping at The Solar Living Institute in Hopland and San Francisco, Nimbus Arts in St. Helena, and Napa Valley Adult School. He lives in Napa with his wife and nine-year-old beekeeping-son Davis.
Emily Bondor graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011. Since then, her work has been in the non-profit, educational and environmental sectors with a focus on outdoor education and organic agriculture. Emily began keeping bees on Maui while pursuing a permaculture design internship. She soon found herself diving head-first into the technical and scientific realm of breeding queen bees for the Maui Queen Bee Company. Emily moved back to California in 2014 to begin work as an Associate Apiculturalist for the Napa Valley Bee Company. In 2015 she started her own business, The Santa Cruz Bee Company. Through SCBC, Emily consults and mentors beginner beekeepers, manages apiaries throughout Santa Cruz county, and teaches beekeeping classes through the Cabrillo College Extension. Learn more by visiting http://scbee.co/