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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, established in 1873. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

LA COUNTY FAIR - BEE BOOTH

Equipment, Supplies (Local)

LACBA BEEKEEPING CLASS 101
hosted at THE VALLEY HIVE
NEXT CLASS: SATURDAY, October 14, 2017 (9am-noon)
All information is listed below.
BEE SUITS REQUIRED
There will not be a class in September. We'll be at the LA County Fair Bee Booth.

 THE 2017 SEASON OF BEEKEEPING CLASS 101 WILL BE HOSTED AT
THE VALLEY HIVE
9633 BADEN AVENUE
CHATSWORTH, CA 93063
(818) 280-6500

Arrive early to allow for parking.

BRING A FOLDING CHAIR. Seating is limited.

info@thevalleyhive.com

Map: 
http://www.thevalleyhive.com/contacts/

https://www.facebook.com/events/109590989583958/?ti=icl

CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
SEE SCHEDULE BELOW 

(Note from The Valley Hive: Even though The Valley Hive has moved to a new location, Beekeeping 101 will continue at 9633 Baden Avenue from 9-12pm. Our new shop at 10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd will open at 8am on Saturday if anyone needs to purchase a suit or other beekeeping equipment. Suits are required. We will be continuing hive inspections. If you have beekeeping tools – smoker, hive tool, bee brush – please bring them to class, along with smoker fuel and a lighter.)

We teach responsible beekeeping for an urban environment, adhering to Best Management Practices for the bees, beekeepers, and general public. All are Welcome!

All the information you need in order to attend our Beekeeping Class 101 will be posted on this page of our website and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping

Notifications of changes: We do not send out notifications of changes in dates, schedule, times, locations. You need to refer to this web page and/or our Facebook page for changes https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping .

Beekeeping 101 is the entire session of beekeeping classes: from February through October 2017. We highly suggest you begin in February and continue through all the classes. Although you are welcome to come in the middle of the season of classes and you will have missed out on valuable information.  We currently do not offer advanced beekeeping classes. 

CostBeekeeping Class 101 is free to LACBA members. Membership is $10/year per household. New members are welcome to join at the classes. You will need to be a member of the LACBA to take the class.

Dates: The first class will be held on Feb. 11.  (No class in September, we're at the LA County Fair Bee Booth).

Time: Classes held from 9am-noon. 

RegistrationYou do not need to call, email, facebook or contact us in advance to register for class. Just show up. It is not required that you attend all the classes but it is suggested you do in order to get the most benefit out of learning to work with bees. 

What You'll Need: Bee suits not required for the first (February) and second (March) class. We suggest you wait until after the first beekeeping class (the February class) before you purchase bee suits and equipment. That way you won't purchase what you don't need. You may want to bring materials for taking notes. 

ALL CLASSES BEGINNING WITH THE THIRD CLASS WHICH IS APRIL 8, (REGARDLESS OF WHEN YOU START COMING) REQUIRE FULL BEE SUITS (HAT, VEIL, GLOVES, FULL COVERING - JACKET & PANTS, HEAVY SHOES THAT THE BEES WON'T STING THROUGH, PANTS TAPED AROUND THE BOTTOM SO THE BEES CAN'T GET UP YOUR LEGS). IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE PROTECTIVE ATTIRE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE CLASS.

Our goal: To walk you through an entire season of keeping bees. 

Some of the topics we'll cover are:

  • Care of ourselves and others as we learn responsible beekeeping in an urban environment
  • Protective clothing (bee suit, hat, veil, gloves, etc.)
  • How to approach a hive
  • What to do if you come in contact with an aggressive hive
  • Bee stings                                                              

   

   

  • Construction of a hive
  • Safe placement of a hive
  • General maintenance
  • Stages of life cycle within a colony
  • Troubleshooting in the hive
  • Diseases, mites, moths, and their treatment 

Schedule of Classes:

Class #1: Sat., February 11, 9am-noon. Topic:  Introduction to Beekeeping Equipment, Locating a Hive, Rules and Regulations in LA County. (NO BEE SUIT REQUIRED).

Class #2:  Sat., March 11, 9am-noon. Topic: Building a hive, Hive placement, How to install a package. (NO BEE SUIT REQUIRED)

Class #3: Sat., April 8, 9am-noon. Topics: Get into a hive, how to hive your packages, stinging & safety. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED) Arrive early in order to get parked, etc.

Class #4: Sat., May 13, 9am-noon. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED)

Class #5: Sat., June 10, 9am-noon. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED)

Class #6: Sat., July 8, 9am-noon. Topic: Inspect and treat for mites. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED)

Class #7: Sat., Aug. 12, 9am-noon. Topic: How to do splits, Robbing.  (BEE SUIT REQUIRED)

No Bee Class in September. We will be volunteering on various dates at the Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth, sharing our beekeeping knowledge and experience to educate others.

Class #8: Sat., October 14, 9am-noon. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED)

Our 1st Beekeeping 101 at The Valley Hive on Saturday was a sweet success. Despite the rainy weather, future beekeepers showed up in droves to learn about our favorite bug!

 

https://youtu.be/AY_l7CL0NJw

Thank you to Bill's Bees for hosting the LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 for all these years:

We'd like to thank Bill Lewis and Clyde Steese of Bill's Bees for making their apiaries available to us year after year and for sharing their experience, knowledge, and time with us. Their dedication to the art and craft of beekeeping make these classes available, affordable, and highly enjoyable. We’d also like to thank the experienced beekeepers from the LACBA who gave of their knowledge and time to make these gatherings of beekeepers intimate groups of hands on learning. Thank you to all the new beekeepers who participated in our Beekeeping Class 101 over the years. Through the efforts of Bill and Clyde, the LACBA Beekeeping Classes 101 grew from under 20 newbees in 2010 to nearly 200 in 2016. There's nothing like the beauty of standing on top of a mountain, surrounded by millions of honey bees. We are forever grateful to Bill and Clyide for giving us the appreciation for the gift of the bees! 

2012 Beekeeping Class 101: Congratulations to all the new beekeepers!