Trevor Tauzer & Claire Maygren-Tauzer
ON FOOD AND CHILDHOOD:
I was raised on a farm, homesteaded in 1861, been there all my life. My father started beekeeping in 1973, and I grew up immersed in agriculture. My mother and brothers raised goats, chickens, and the typical farm animals, while I mostly tended to bees with my father. I was involved in various things as a young adult, but it was ultimately the honeybees that stole my attention. Farm fresh, humanely raised and organically grown foods are a mainstay in our household.
HOW DID YOU LEARN TO MAKE HONEY?
Our honeybees should get all the credit. All I do is make sure our honeybees are happy and healthy so they can do what they were made to do – pollination and honey production.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO START A BUSINESS?
I wasn't always planning on taking over my father's business. After graduating from college, I went home to work for the summer and help out my family. It only took me a year to realize I wasn't going anywhere. I created Sola Bee because I wanted to develop a sustainable way of packaging and producing our raw honey. By applying modern values and practices to what my father had already laid the foundation for, we created Sola Bee Farms.
HOW DOES YOUR PROCESS WORK?
We keep our bees in very distinct regions of Northern California. They visit the flowers and blooms in their area, and produce different varietals according to the season, region and weather. What you get in our jars is directly from bees to you. No additives, pasteurization or changes to their work.
Distribution and getting into new markets. Sola Bee is mainly managed by my fiancé Claire (she's also a part time high school teacher). She does all the work from labeling to honey to getting it on shelves. I'm very busy keeping our bees healthy, ensuring we have good places to house them and communicating with the landowners who allow us to place our bees on their land. Claire and I have our hands full.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE BUSINESS?
I love being outside, working in agriculture and visiting different beautiful places. I love being able to provide our customers with a high quality, sustainably harvested honey from the bees my father and I have devoted our lives to.