Jul 30, 2013
The Honey and Pollination Center increases consumer, industry and stakeholder understanding of the importance of bees, pollination, honey and other products of the hive to people and the environment through research, education, and outreach.


"Helping UC Davis to becoming the world's leading authority on honeybee health, pollination, and honey"


Our Goals

    1.  Expand research and education efforts addressing the production, nutritional value, health benefits, economics, quality standards and appreciation of honey.
    2. Help the industry develop informative and descriptive labeling guidelines for honey and bee-related products to establish transparency in the marketplace.
    3. Elevate the perceived value of varietal honey to producers and consumers through education, marketing, and truth in labeling with the end goal of increasing the consumption of honey.
    4. Organize and implement programs and short courses about pollinators and pollination, beekeeping education and honey and honey products.
    5. Support students engaged in research, teaching and outreach, which promotes the mission of the Center.

What we do

The Center holds a creative variety of events designed to build awareness of pollination and bee health related issues and the myriad ways we can use honey. These include movies, courses and hands on events.

Yearly events include Picnic Day with hands on activities, tasting and education; the annual Bee Symposium, an all-day learning event for small scale beekeepers; a selection of Mead Short courses from a beginner learning Bootcamp to how to start your own meadery and Honey Sensory tastings and courses throughout the year.

When we think about honey and honey bees, our reaction is visceral! We love these little insects that fly about our yards and gardens. We know they go from flower to flower gathering nectar and pollen. And we know that the nectar they collect eventually becomes honey – that lovely sweet we drizzle into coffee or tea – across cheeses and fruits – onto our cereal.

Read more about our ongoing activities like the development of a Master Beekeeping Program, the creation of the Honey Flavor and Aroma Wheel, click here!

What we need to learn: Honey bees are not our only pollinators. There is a huge number of wild bees. Some live in simpler social colonies, some are solitary. These bees are responsible for much of our world’s pollination. Butterflies, birds, bats and even monkeys are pollinators, too.

It is the job of the Honey and Pollination Center to help you learn about the magic of pollination.

  • Honey Tastings
    Reflecting the diverse flavors of Honey, the Center offers group tastings “Honeys Across America”. Regular tastings occur at Picnic Day at the University Campus, at the Robert Mondavi Sensory Theatre, and at various events in the Davis and Sacramento area. Honey tastings open our eyes to the diversity of floral sources – and honey flavors – that happen throughout the country from Florida Tupelo, through the Midwest and Sweet Clover, on to California Orange Blossom and Star Thistle right into the ocean with Hawaiian Lehua!
  • Educational Events
    The Center holds events designed to build awareness of pollination and bee health related issues. T
  • Sales of UCDavis Honey and Pollinator Notecards
    The Center has a delightful Northern California Wildflower Honey, light and delectable, reflecting the wonder of the fields of the area and Souther California Orange Blossom - a floral favorite! Pollinator Notecards with magnificent photography by Kathy Keatley Garvey of the Entomology Department feature 8 different pollinators on eight different flowers. Information printed on the back of each card. Proceeds from these items helps fund the Center and its growing body of work. Everything is available at the University Bookstore and online.

History of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center

  • Fall 2011 - The Mondavi Institute held its first Honey Conference and the idea of an independent center was formed.
  • Winter 2011 - Meetings to define the center, establish initial goals, and to search for funding began.
  • Summer 2012 - The University accepted the proposal to establish the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.
  • October 2012 - Amina Harris is hired as the first Executive Director of the Center.
  • October 2012 - The Bounty of Pollination is the Center’s inaugural conference.

The Honey and Pollination Center’s Inaugural Day in October, 2012. We shared our excitement with Whole Foods, our founding industry partner, which opened in Davis the same week!

People of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center

Advisory Members of the Honey and Pollination Center

In This Section

Although a relatively new Center, the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute strives to make an impact in its field. Use the links below to learn more about what the Center does.



Upcoming Events at the Center

  • October 25, 2016: World of Honey Tasting Series (California)
  • January 12, 2017: Bootcamp in the Winery
  • January 13 & 14, 2017: Introduction to Mead Making
  • February 1, 2017: World of Honey Tasting Series (Northern America)
  • February 11, 2017: The Feast
  • April 18, 2017: World of Honey Tasting Series (International)
  • May 5-6, 2017: California Honey Festival (Woodland, CA)
  • May 7, 2017: 2017 Bee Symposium
  • June 12-13, 2017: Continuing Mead Making
  • June 14, 2017: Business of Mead Making


Other Campus Events

FALL 2016

Fall 2016: Seminars (UCD Ento/Nem)
Nov 19, 2016: "Uninvited Guests" (Bohart Museum)


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