Bee-ing there! We catch honey bee swarms in the Santa Cruz area

By April 11, 2008Sustainable Landscaping

We believe that the roots of the current honeybee crisis may well be found in the practices of agribusiness and that at least one solution is in the hands of backyard beekeepers. To that end, Terra Nova offers apiary services to encourage beekeeping on the small backyard scale. Call us at 831-425-3514.

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Our apiary services include beehive maintenance in the greater Santa Cruz area and catching wild honeybee swarms for removal to more suitable locations.

There’s nothing as vital and alive as a beehive! My favorite meditation is watching bees come in and out of an active hive. Years ago, we harvested three and one half gallons of the best wildflower honey in the world from our own hive.

Resources for information about bees and backyard beekeeping:

This site contains additional information about the honeybee crisis.

This site contains apiary conservation information from THE HONEYBEE SANCTUARY at Spikenard Farm.

The work of The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is also worth noting.


About Ken

In 1967, 10-year-old Ken Foster read The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett. It took him a whole summer to read, but it inspired him to see gardening as a celebration of our coexistence with nature. In 1985, he took on an apprenticeship at the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden, and there he discovered his passion. He founded Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping in 1988, and has dedicated his life to caring for the environment and community through sustainable landscaping. He also teaches a permaculture class at Cabrillo College. When he’s not busy with designing, installing, and maintaining ecological landscapes, Ken can be found riding his bike around town, or making mandalas out of salvaged herbs that would otherwise have been sent to the landfill.


  • jackie Marr says:

    We have a hole in the side wall of our house that has bees swarming in and out of it. It needs to be removed, I see you in our neighborhod all the time. Our house is at 306 harbor dr.
    My cell is 831 234 0924. have a good fourth. This is not urgent.
    Thanks, Jackie

  • Looking forward to your new web site!

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