|Glenda learned beekeeping at a very early age. Her father, Homer Park, had already been in
the business many years when she was born. She started grafting queens when she was 12
years old. “It was a good way to get out of helping with the house work, and I liked
working with bees, and with Dad.” Glenda is past president of California State Beekeepers
Association and is currently involved as Director of American Beekeeping Federation and
alternate representative for Region 1 on National Honey Board.
Shannon is a cowboy at heart and enjoys spending time on his uncle’s ranch rounding up
cows or deer hunting. He is quite active with the California Farm Bureau Federation and
is also a past President of the California State Beekeepers Association and past President and Secretary
of the California Bee Breeders Association.
The Wooten’s have three children and four grandchildren. Both Glenda and Shannon enjoy
the outdoors and go camping and fishing whenever time allows.
Glenda is in charge of the “office” side of the business. She books and ships queens,
needing to know how many can be shipped a day. She makes and takes calls, does the
scheduling, sends invoices and deals with payroll and credit checks and the like.
She makes sure that the queens ready for shipment are labeled and appropriately
packaged. Queens to be shipped go out in different types of shipping boxes depending
on what the customer prefers. All are shipped by mail or UPS.
Shannon is the overall manager of the business, selects breeder queens, grafts queens,
sets up the starter and finisher colonies, deals with the pollination side of the
business and, in his spare time, finds and negotiates for new beeyards.
Pick the Best, Breed the Best and Make the Best
The caption means: mark the best
honey producing hives in the summer, from those
marked hives, pick out the best in February and graft
queens from them; then use your strongest per frame
rated colonies in the almonds for drone mothers.
Steve Park has been doing this for over 40 years
and his dad did it 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 5 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
What makes Steve Park 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’re picked up in
Palo Cedro only. To order, call Steve: 530-949-6923
Stayer’s Quality Queens...
In 1972 Pat Stayer began working in the bee industry
for Homer and Lois Park. While Pat worked for
Homer, the master of queen production, he learned
about the importance of a queen, how to have early
build-up for almond pollination, and a strong hive for
At the time of retirement, Pat and his wife Bonnie
were the natural choice to take over Homer and
Lois’ business. With over 26 years of beekeeping
experience they started Stayer’s Quality Queens.
Bonnie had her own experience with beekeeping,
when she worked for Wooten’s Golden Queens,
where she caught queens and grafted cells.
Stayer’s Quality Queens has become a family
based business, all three children of Pat and Bonnie’s
have been involved with the bee industry in different
ways. Their oldest daughter, Katie worked for Homer
and Lois grafting after school. Their son Matt,
currently works side-by-side with his parents. Matt
hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father and have
his own beekeeping business. Youngest daughter
Simmie entered the bee industry by having a project
of operating mating nucs. This project earned her an
honor of Regional Specialty Animal Production.
Pat and Bonnie are committed to producing a
high quality Italian Queen. While, still working with
the original genetics. They select breeder queens for
gentleness, early build-up, good housekeeping, and
a good brood pattern. In early spring Pat selects the
Drone Mother Colonies and installs combs with only
drone cells in them to ensure an abundance of mature
drones. With the bee industry constantly changing,
Since the early 1940's
Our queen stock has been selected for honey
production, strong and uniformed brood
patterns, clean housekeepers (now they call it
“hygienic behavior”), which Homer knew made
them naturally disease resistant, gentle, uniform
in size and of course, their golden-yellow color.
Park Italian Queens traits have been put to
the test many generations over. Because
of their prolific nature they have proven their
genetic quality in even these recent difficult
years. This has been seen with our personal
colonies maxing out unit programs which have
been inspected for frames of brood and bees
per colony with almond pollination contracts
year after year. We are able to continually
test our queens with our cumulative hives of