Heslet Honey is a local company comprised of a few bee hives located in and adjacent to the Greenwich Street right-of-way on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. The brand is named after Valetta Heslet who, with her mother Grace Marchant, transformed the land from garbage dump to garden commencing in the late 1940‘s.
Honey harvesting begins as early as March and runs as late as September, each harvest corresponding with the bloom pertinent to that time of year. Heslet Honey is a pilot program that utilizes a public right-of-way to provide urban agriculture in the city.
The bees are cared for by Kate McGee, who was trained as a beekeeper by Alan Hawkins at the Green Gulch Zen Center in Marin, with the help of her two boys. Kate respects the bees’ natural habits and practices non-invasive methods of maintaining the hives and harvesting the honey.