Birthed from a combination of family-love and skill, beekeeping first began with my Grandfather in Michoacan, Mexico. He tended and cared for the bees on his farm while my Grandmother sold beeswax at the local mercado. He later passed down his skillset to my father who cared for his own bees on our family-farm in Merced, California.
The craft was later passed on to me. As my father was diagnosed with cancer, he could no longer tend to the hives himself.
Thus, Happy Organics was born- now offering a variety of honey products that are sweet, sustainable, and sure to make you smile. Our story continues as we share the craft of beekeeping with future generations and strive to increase sustainability and educate our community on the importance of bees.
Happy Organics, our family farm, rests in the heart of the Central Valley of California. Here, on our ten-acre farm, we house thirty-four beehives that collect pollen and nectar from our gardens. Our property grows lavender, rosemary, wildflowers, borage, sunflowers, citrus, pomegranate trees and fig trees. We harvest our honey twice a year when our bees produce an excess amount of honey. The health of our bees is our priority and we make sure we do not take more than we need.
No pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals are used on our property. We are not certified organic as our bees can venture off about 2-3 miles from their hive and collect nectar and pollen from other sources.
As our farm grows and our hive population increases, we implement principles of regenerative farming. Our mission is wellness, sustainability, and community.
We hope to always be making improvements that will connect our community to our gardens.
About Our Founder
Happy Organics Founder, Jessica Gonzalez is a Chicana entrepreneur and third-generation beekeeper specializing in wellness, sustainable farming and agriculture technology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mills College in Computer Science and co-founded an agtech company in Salinas, California. Returning to the farm she grew up on in the Central Valley of California, Jessica was inspired to use innovative and regenerative farming principles to make wellness products that would benefit her loved ones. Jessica’s love for farming and technology culminated when Happy Organics was founded in 2018. Sustainable beekeeping, engineering innovative beehive design, and the value of community are Jessica’s current passions.
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