Our Family

George Hansen

Owner George is an active member of the beekeeping community, promoting the industry's interests as acting  president of the American Beekeeping Federation and a producer and representative for the National Honey Board. He hosts an annual Bee Day workshop and orientation at the Foothills Honey Company home site. George attended Stanford University and Reed College. He speaks Russian and German fluently. George also paints. Click here to visit George's art page



Sue Hansen

Owner Sue is a third-generation Oregonian and retired middle school teacher for Colton School District. Sue has contributed to Foothills Honey Company in a variety of ways over the past 30 years, from running the honey extraction process to managing the company office. Sue returned to Portland State to finish her education at the age of 40, before teaching and eventually retiring to help with Foothills Honey Company. She is an avid painter and gardener in her spare time. To see her art or garden work, visit Sue's art page.



Matt Hansen

Matt brings a background in landscape architecture and a belief in sustainable living to Foothills Honey Company. He studied history at University of Redlands and attended a landscape architecture program at University of Idaho. During the summer months, Matt grows produce for local farmer’s markets, where he also sells honey. He just welcomed the newest member of the Hansen family, his son William, into the world Sept. 4.



Joe Hansen

Joe recently returned to the family beekeeping business after spending years as a staff writer and editor for newspapers around Oregon. He now splits time between beekeeping and freelance writing in the Portland area. Joe studied geology at Colorado College and eventually earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. After working as a news reporter, sportswriter and outdoors editor, Joe now writes about a variety of topics for The Oregonian and other publications. He also writes a blog about beekeeping and life on a small family farm in Oregon. Click here to visit Joe's blog.