Born in Cambridge, NY, Bob Stevens was the son of Robert B. and Leona Stevens, owners of the former Stevens & Tompkins Paper Mill of Greenwich.  After graduating from Brown University in American Studies, Bob served in India as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he co-authored a book on chicken farming.  Returning to Brown University to study and teach English in Rhode Island, he met his wife, Margaret, a fellow English teacher.  After being presented with a Fellowship to continue his interest in Asian Studies, he was among the first group of American teachers to study in China in 1973.  In 1979, Bob and Margaret returned to the Harthorn Farm in Greenwich, NY, where he was raised and established Betterbee, Inc, a wholesale and retail bee supply business.  Ten years later, he opened the first meadery in the U.S., The Meadery at Greenwich, where he produced honey wine made from honey produced by his own bees.  Bob was especially proud to be the recipient of the NYS Beekeeper of the Year Award (1994) by the Empire State Honey Producers Association.  He was instrumental in the establishment of SABA, always eager and ready to help a fellow beekeeper.


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