My name is Melinda Jean Stafford and I am a beekeeper. I currently manage the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at Boise State University. (Yes, there are bees on the roof of the SUB!). I am also in the process of getting my own personal hives.
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The way I got into beekeeping is far from ordinary….
I grew up in the middle of Owyhee County, Idaho – Oreana to be specific. My parents are farmers and ranchers, but I was destined to become something far different.
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I decided to travel to the great north, the University of Idaho, and work towards a degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Design (a.k.a fashion). I graduated in 2011. I loved college so much that I decided I never wanted to let go. So, I packed my bags and happily moved to yet another college town – Athens, Georgia where I got a master’s degree in College Administration at the University of Georgia. I continued to love college so much that I decided to get a job at one. I moved westward to Boise and found a job at Boise State University.

Regardless of my actual job title, I renamed myself the Director of Fun. I manage the Games Center (bowling/billiards facility in the SUB), I plan and host events for students on campus, and I manage the rooftop garden and bee farm internship programs. (All of those go together, right?).
The picture below we are on the Rooftop of the SUB, working with the bees.
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On day one of my job I was given three hives, four interns, and some tools. I had zero beekeeping experience, but enough confidence to throw my shoulders back and say “Hey, I grew up on a farm. I can figure this out!” That’s when it hit me – I had spent the past 10 years of my life trying to move as far away from the farming lifestyle from which I had grown up. And, here I was ecstatic to drive right back in.  I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So there I was, and here I still am – keeping bees on the roof of a huge building in the middle of Boise. I love it!  Nothing has taught me more about beekeeping than opening a hive, sticking my face inside, and figuring it out.

However, I am more than just a beekeeper.

I am also a wife. I have an stellar and extremely attractive husband, Sam, who is no doubt the world’s best husband. I have proof – he planned our entire wedding in Aruba, single handedly. Enough said.
StaffordWeddingI am also avid skier. I love shredding the gnar of Boise’s own Bogus Basin. You might see me on the mountain in my all-white ski outfit. Or maybe you won’t see me.
Melinda_SKII make bow ties. Check out my website www.sweetsouthernspud.com  I combined the pioneering spirit of the West with the charming nostalgia of the South.
Here is a picture of some of the cotton bow ties I create by hand.
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That’s me! I love bees, and my goal is to put a bee in your bonnet and start a buzz about beekeeping.

You can see Melinda in action during D&B’s Beekeeping 101 class recorded in January 2015 on the D&B YouTube page.

    • Melinda Jean Stafford says:

      Have you thought about putting some hives in your garden? It would really help your flowers and plants thrive!

  1. Ben says:

    Love the bees you guys should start a you tube Chanel good looking girl working with bees would do very good and when you get anuff views you will even get a little cash from you tube when you become a partner.

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