Eliese Watson started ABC Bees in 2010 and has shared her passion for honey bees and building connections to the community through bees all over North America. A happy mother, beekeeper, fisher-woman, hiker, baker, and chopper of wood; Eliese loves being outside and talking about BEES! She is so proud of the community that has supported her and her dream of building a beekeeping company that was focussed on educating the public on hive management, urban stewardship for native bees, and youth programs and outreach. She is living her dream through her work with ABC Bees.
Amber Yano is a Canadian beekeeper, naturalist and artist. Soon after graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2010, she redirected her interests from art to bugs.
She says, “Discovering the order of hymenoptera; ants, bees, wasps and termites, changed my life. Understanding connectivity, networks and systems in another way has broadened my scope of life on earth.”
Amber has apiary experience through Honey View Farm, and has been an employee of Apiaries and Bees for Communities since 2014. In 2012 she started her own business Maple Greenview, a small honey supplier to Calgary businesses.
I have 25+ wonderful years of teaching experience with young children. One of my endeavours was always to give “small things with no voice” a place in the classroom environment. Currently, my favourite part of beekeeping is putting my head inside a hive - listening to the buzzing of wings and the sweet smell of honey just makes my heart sing!
Stacey Cedergren was first introduced to ABC Bees in 2010 when she attended a weekend beekeeping course taught by Eliese Watson. Already an enthusiastic vegetable gardener, she was enchanted by the world of bees and the potential for urban agriculture to create a healthier food system. It is her belief that one of the most important steps towards achieving greater food security is to create tangible relationships between people, the food they eat and natural environment it originates from.
Sara Haney grew up in Wisconsin where she earned her degrees in Biology and Education. She was a science teacher in Louisiana and Oregon before moving to Alberta. Her passion for teaching led her to starting her own businesses, earning her Permaculture Design Certificate, and working for Apiaries and Bees for Communities (ABC). When she lived in Oregon, Sara learned about keeping bees and honey extraction from some great friends who owned a micro-farm and 2 hives of bees. Her fascination with bees continued when she moved to Alberta, where she is now an instructor for ABC. When Sara is not teaching children about bees, she teaches classes for Apple Tree Sustainables on making homemade body products and is co-owner and educator at Puzzle Permaculture, Inc.
Joey Brocke is a Calgary born and raised artist working during the day in the organic food industry. His interest in beekeeping was born out of his connection to the organic food industry and a desire to better understand of various facets of the food growing process.
After hearing rumblings about the “bee-lady” for a while, he became aware of ABC Bees through an article in a magazine and on the spot he committed to some-day taking a beekeeping course - he didn’t have to wait long. Within the next year he had met Eliese, gone on a Beekeeping bike tour, completed the level one beekeeping course, and been selected to work for the summer as an intern with ABC Bees Since then he has worked off-and-on for ABC Bees and is now one of the tour guides taking guests on home to hive bike tours through downtown Calgary urban beekeeping landscape.
Joey is currently finalizing plans to welcome his first colonies onto his acreage just south of Spruce Meadows. He is excited to put his beekeeping experience to work in pursuit of his goal of building a small permaculture based subsistence farm to supplement his artistic endeavours.