Meet the NAOBAns!
Ken Miller - Rimrock, Az
Ken Miller lives in Rimrock with his bees and chickens, who get along well in the space in his backyard. In addition to beekeeper, Ken’s titles include grandfather to 18 children and Senior Pastor to Beaver Creek Baptist Church. He also does some woodworking, blacksmithing, and mechanicing in addition to working with the bees. Ken became interested in beekeeping after discovering how honey helped him heal after a traumatic hand injury. Frugality also had something to do with it, as he discovered swarms were free to catch and hives were cheap to build with on-hand recycled lumber. As a treatment free beekeeper and as a Christian, he enjoys using his unique perspective as he cares for and learns about the bees.
Denise gould - Camp Verde, AZ
Denise became interested in beekeeping when she bought a property in Camp Verde in 2003 and discovered bees were already living there. She now lives with her daughters, bees, and chickens on what became Willowbrook Farm, an organic farm that also includes fruit and nut trees. Denise loves watching the bees bring pollen and nectar both from her cultivated crops on the farm, and from outlying riparian and high desert areas surrounding her home. Her favorite thing about keeping bees is that every time she goes into a colony, she learns something about the bees and about herself.
Debbi Sprinkle - cottonwood, AZ
Debbi Sprinkle and her bees live outside Cottonwood near open range land. Besides beekeeping, Debbi loves spending time in nature and being with her family and friends. She started beekeeping in 2014 after attending a class taught by Patrick Pynes. Her first bees were relocated from an irrigation box about four miles from her house. After the move they soon became a strong colony. Debbi’s favorite thing about beekeeping is the feeling of harmony she experiences with the Earth by supporting the bees. She also feels honored by the bees for allowing her to share their lives and learn from them.
Payton Taylor - WEst Sedona, AZ
Payton lives in West Sedona on about an acre of land with his two beehives. Three years ago, he attended a workshop given by Patrick Pynes, and soon after started his first hive. As the youngest member of NAOBA, many of Payton's interests outside of beekeeping are related to school. He also likes to play guitar, and is a lighting technician at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Payton's favorite thing about keeping bees is that it teaches him to be patient. He has learned that you can't rush the bees.
Please check back here periodically as we update and add members to this page. If you are a NAOBA member and would like to be included, please contact Patrick!