IIn the spring of 1971, Jim Talboy was given his first six beehives, which he placed in a semi-wild area of Redwood City. Since then he has become an avid beekeeper, and he has built up his operation by buying bees, catching swarms, and removing many bees from unwanted places. He strives to place his bees in
permanent, healthy, productive areas on the San Francisco peninsula.
Jim believes in limited intervention, and believes that his role as beekeeper is to provide space for the bees to raise their young and store their honey. He only takes surplus honey from his hives to ensure that the bees will have enough food and will
continue to prosper from year to year. Happy Quail is one of the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets original vendors, and their raw, unheated honey is very popular with Berkeley customers.
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Whitethorn, CA 95589
(707) 986-1191 Hives are placed at various locations in San Mateo County and in Whitethorn, Humboldt County, CA 30 miles (San Mateo County) and 230 miles (Humboldt County) Ponds and streams Happy Quail Farm is a cooperative farm owned by Jim Talboy, Tom Von Tersh, and David Winsberg. Not Certified Organic Mowing or hand weeding The flight area for honeybees is many thousands of acres. Jim Talboy manages approximately 70 hives. His bees are mostly wild, foraging for food from primarily wild plants. The bees are never fed sugar or corn syrup, they are never used for commercial pollination, and no plastics or chemicals are used within the hives or on the combs. Some of the hives are moved from San Mateo County to Whitethorn, CA in Humboldt County for the summer and winter months.