While living in Italy, I became infatuated with bees and the products that came from their constant work. I remember talking and listening to a lady who sold an assortment of wonderful Bee products. I was in awe of her honey, pollen, and propolis. I spoke with my Aunt in Tuscany about this encounter and significant discovery, and she told me of a great grandfather who worked with the Medici Family’s Bees and Sheep. The thought of this was unbelievable, and it was apparent that my connection to bees extended back to the Medici Family and Renaissance.
Renaissance bees caretaken by the Medici Family and my great grandfather of that period.
In the early ’80s, my two young sons and I left Italy. We had decided to come home to America for various reasons. We returned to California, where we were from originally. At the time, I needed to find a source of income that would allow me to be home with my sons. I went to the local sheriff and asked if he knew of any abandoned bees. He took me to a location where 30 hives had been left for years and said I had his permission to work with the hives. The hives were in terrible shape and needed a lot of TLC to get them back in functioning order. It took about a month to fix the broken down hives, but after many days of hard work and rehabilitation, the hives were mine.
For the past 38 years, I have partnered with the bees. Together we have created some of the most delicious, natural, and raw honey on the market. The bees and I take great pride in bringing to you natures gift. We source our honey from all over the state of California. The hive has traveled many miles – It has harvested nectar from some of the most beautiful places within the state. We offer a wide range of honey and other bee products. We are always available to answer any questions about the honey, bee products, or the bees.
– Lynne Bottazzo and the Amen Bees
Amen Bees harvesting from some local wildflowers. Photo by Wendy Dreanry.
Bees gathering pollen. Photo by Ardith Martin.