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I’m happy to share this post from Mara Finley, Operations Manager and Sweet Busy Bee at KindredSFHomes. 

My calendar reminders keep insisting it’s already November yet I haven’t worn a jacket in weeks! It’s a 72-degree, sunny day here in San Francisco, but a slight slant of afternoon light hints at Fall. 

Tonight it’ll be time to set our clocks back, so I’m dusting off my pressure cooker, shaking out my sweaters, and creating my own Nor Cal version of hygge.

And what better way to get cozy than with a thick pair of socks and cup of tea sweetened with a spoonful of local honey? No need to fly to Copenhagen for earthy, cozy delights. 

Just across town at San Francisco Waldorf High School, a hive of busy bees churns out jars and jars of pristine, golden honey. On what may have been my best work errand yet, I had the pleasure of picking up a few cases of honey and touring Waldorf’s hives with Duncan Dow, facilities manager and beekeeper extraordinaire.

Nestled in a Eucalyptus grove, SFWHS feels more like a giant tree house than a high school. From West Portal street it’s easy to miss—large, nondescript, concrete. But as Duncan leads me down a staircase towards the grove, street noise falls away and I’m totally transported. 

With no protective gear, we walk right up to a modest stack of bee boxes. The bees are busy and pay us no mind. Duncan’s title may be facility manager, but he is clearly a passionate naturalist at heart. His knowledge of bees is encyclopedic—“Did you know,” he says with palpable delight, “that worker bees fly 80,000 miles, or the equivalent of three times around the world, to make just one pint of honey?

Beyond the bees, we walk past welding materials, a jewelry making studio, and classrooms with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the trees. Curved hallways, Duncan tells me, were added to widen sight lines and make the school feel more open and welcoming. He introduces me to a lovely woman at the front desk, and when she asks if I have questions, I say, “Yes, do you accept 40-year-old students?”

Cynthia has a deep connection to Waldorf—both of her sons are alumni—and in my brief time working with her I’ve already met many “Waldorfian” clients and friends. She says that—sometimes—visiting either SFWS campus (the grade school is in Pacific Heights) makes her nostalgic for a childhood she never had. After my morning with Duncan and the bees, it’s easy to see why.

Here at Kindred, we’ve added “Start an adult Waldorf school” to our “honey-do” list. But until then, come over and let us pour you a cup of tea with honey. It may feel like it takes 80,000 hours to buy or sell your home, but we’re here to make it feel effortless and, of course, to sweeten the deal!

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Photo Credit: Eric Ward 

Cynthia Cummins is the founder of Kindred SF Homes and has been serving homeowners and homebuyers for 3 decades. For information on San Francisco Bay Area real estate visit For my writing and mindfulness blog, visit