Director, Retired

Amina Harris

Amina Harris, Director, Honey and Pollination Center, UC Davis

Amina Harris is the founding Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis. In addition, Amina and her children Shoshana and Josh, own Z Specialty Food, LLC.  Moon Shine Trading Company, a division of Z Specialty, has been offering unique American varietal honeys for over forty years winning national awards from the Specialty Food Association and the National Honey Board.

Amina has presented at beekeeping programs throughout the US and Canada, introducing participants to the world of pure, unadulterated varietal honeys. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she holds a MSEd in special education from Buffalo State College.

Advisory Committee

Jill Clark
Treasurer, True Source Honey; Vice President, Dutch Gold Honey Co.

Josette Lewis
Chief Scientific Officer, Almond Board of California

Margaret Lombard
CEO, National Honey Board

Nathan Sheets
Owner, Nature Nate's

Joyce Schlacter
Director, Food Safety and Quality, Crockett Honey

Roger Simonds
Chief, National Science Laboratories, NC

Trevor & Claire Tauzer
Owners Tauzer Apiaries & Sola Bee Honey

Carvin Wilson
Owner, Carvin Software, Inc; Founding Member, Mead Institute


Elina Nino
Associate Professor, Cooperative Extension – Apiculture, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Alyson Mitchell
Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

Patsy Owens
Associate Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Professor, Human Ecology, UC Davis