Heslet Honey began in 2010 with a few bee hives located in and adjacent to the Greenwich Street steps on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. We (the beekeepers) were trained by Alan Hawkins at the Green Gulch Zen Center in Marin and this training helped to develop our mission: to practice non-invasive methods of maintaining the hives, to be absolutely chemical-free, and to 'keep it raw', when extracting and processing the honey and beeswax. 

Watch how honey is made on the hill here:


Heslet Honey is named after Valetta Heslet who, in the late 1940's with her mother Grace Marchant, transformed the public lands on Telegraph Hill into the gardens that you see today.

Purchase Heslet Honey Products
Supply fluctuates depending on the season. Please check the following stores to see if they are currently carrying any Heslet Honey products.

  • Maritime Wine Tasting Studio (north beach)
  • Perish Trust (divisadero)
  • Aggregate Supply (the mission)

Thank You
Beekeeping on the hill is a community effort. Heslet Honey thanks the residents who tend the gardens and support the bees. Working in collaboration with our neighbors, Heslet Honey is a pilot program to provide urban agriculture in the City. Special thanks to the bee’s landlords, label designers at Auston Design Group, and platform and wooden hive designers and builders. 

Valetta Heslet pictured above with her husband Desmond.


Valetta Heslet pictured above with her husband Desmond.