WHO WE ARE

Passion with a history

Robert and Amanda Wooten

 

Robert Wooten is a third generation beekeeper. His grandfather Homer Park was a pioneer in the queen rearing business. Robert grew up learning the family business from an early age he can remember following his parent Shannon & Glenda Wooten around, or sneaking out to the warehouse, riding in the trucks moving bees and grafting queens as soon as he could see larva.  After high school, Robert moved to Arizona to attend Universal Technical Institute where he studied to be a mechanic. Upon graduation he moved to Tennessee and worked on Volvo cars.  In the fall of 2006 Robert decided the family business was where his heart and future was at.  After working for his parents for 3 years he brought his best friend and future wife Amanda on board to work in the office alongside Glenda Wooten.

 

Robert and Amanda met in the summer of ’96 while entering high school, while their friendship grew Robert introduced Amanda to the world of beekeeping.  After high school Amanda attended college and started a Real Estate Career.  In 2010, Amanda started working at Wooten’s Golden Queens, Inc. in the office alongside Glenda Wooten learning all aspects of the bee business.  In 2013 Robert and Amanda tied the knot and in the fall of 2014 the 4th generation beekeeper Lane “Lil Man” Wooten entered the world.  2017 Robert & Amanda purchased the beekeeping business from Shannon & Glenda, and Wooten’s Queens & Bees, Inc was established. Shannon & Glenda are still involved with the beekeeping business but also own a cattle ranch they’re enjoying running.  Wooten’s Queens & Bees, Inc offers the same Park/Wooten productive queen, Nucs, pollination and honey as Wooten’s Golden Queens, Inc. offered. We look forward to continuing the same traditions the Park family has for years to come.

 

Steve Park Apiaries, Inc.

 

Steve Park has been picking the best, breeding the best and making the best for over 40 years and his dad did the same for 20 years before that. No matter what you are doing with your hives they have to be good honey producers to be strong and healthy throughout the year. Steve and Sharon operate over 10,000 hives in five states, ending up with most of them in Montana for the summer.

 

Steve Park Apiaries continually monitors mites, both varroa and tracheal throughout the year. They have found by using packages to make up for winter losses and to increase colony numbers, they have little to no mite infestation their first year. The break in the brood cycle leaves the mites no place to grow. You should consider ordering packages this year for a fresh start.

 

What makes Steve Parks queens head and shoulders above others, besides the good honey production, is their fast buildup. So, if your population gets small, they will recover and still make strong hives that same year.

 

Since the early 80’s, Steve park Apiaries has been hauling hives to Montana for honey production; back to California for almond pollination; producing queens and package bees for sale; and selecting the best queens. Steve Park Apiaries uses only their best producing queens for this cycle. If you buy Park Italian queens, you can rest assured that they can handle this type of stress. Steve Park Apiaries packages ARE NOT shipped. They are picked up in Palo Cedro, California only. To order, call 530-549-3500.

 

 

Wooters Bee Farms  -  Daren and Alissa Wooters

 

Daren Wooters is a third generation beekeeper. His grandfather Jack Park worked alongside his brother Homer Park mastering the art of queen rearing. Daren grew up learning the family business while working for his Aunt Jackie Park-Burris. After high school, Daren went to Universal Technical Institute where he studied to be a mechanic. After a few years working as a mechanic, Daren moved home and went back to working in the bees with his aunt. It was then he learned the honey bees were his true passion. Daren worked side by side with Jackie, learning everything there was to rearing the perfect queen, a Park Italian Queen. In 2007, Daren met Alissa and by the end of 2009, they had tied the knot. In 2011, Daren and Alissa purchased 1400 nucs and 50 hives from Jackie Park-Burris and started their own business, Wooters Bee Farms. They offer pollination, packages and queens. Alissa grew up in the city and knew nothing of the honey bee industry, in fact she had never been stung. After many hours of learning and many stings later Alissa is becoming a beekeeper herself. Alissa studied at Simpson University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Human Resources Management. She handles all the paperwork at Wooters Bee Farms. Daren and Alissa live in Cottonwood, CA with their two children, Brenden and Caitlin.

 

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