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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.


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Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend (Fri-Mon)
Fair Runs September 1-24, 2017 (Wed-Sun)

From September 1 through September 24, 2017, volunteer members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California will be on hand at the LA County Fair Bee Booth  educating thousands of school children and the general public about honeybees and their importance in our lives. The LA County Fair is one of the largest county fairs in the country and the most-visited event in the Los Angeles region in September. It's an end-of-summer tradition for many.

Come help educate your community about bees! Mingle with fellow beekeepers! You'll learn more than you could ever imagine about bees by being a part of the LA County Fair Bee Booth. This is a great opportunity to share what you've learned in Beekeeping Class 101. We guarantee you won't be bored.  We could use your help at the Honey Table or at the Observation Hive.

Bee Booth Sign Up is available online through Evite. Cyndi Caldera (our splendid Fair Coordinator) has sent out email inviations with the link to Sign Up Now. If you have not received your email invitation by 8/14/17, please contact Cyndi via email at: and give her your email so she can send you and Evite. If you do not have access to email, you can call Cyndi at 323-243-0756 and you can sign up with her directly. If you have any questions regarding sign up or the fair, please contact Cyndi via email or telephone.

Bee Booth Set Up - 8/26/17 9AM: Come help set up the Bee Booth on 8/26/2017 from 9AM until we're done (approx. mid-afternoon). Enter through Gate 1. Drive to the Bee Booth across from the Big Red Barn. On Bee Booth Set Up Day ONLY you can park near the Bee Booth. There's plenty to do and we have lots of fun!!!

Bee Booth: The fair runs from September 1st-24th (Wed thru Sun) except for Labor Day Weekend (Fri thru Mon). We have 3 shifts per day (no less than 4 volunteers per shift). Shifts available: All Labor Day Weekend and all Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30-1:00, 12:30-5:30, 5:00-10PM. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8:30-12:30, 12:00-5:30, 5:00-10.

Bee Booth Take Down - 9/24/2017: We begin taking down the Bee Booth in the evening. The more help we have, the quicker we're done. We need to be finished and off the fairgrounds by 11PM.  

Parking for Bee Booth Volunteers
: Lot 9 (across the street from the fair) Walk across the street, enter through the gate, go under the tunnel, turn right. We're across from the Big Red Barn.
Lot 17: Go across the race track to the far side of the Big Red Barn.

Tickets for Bee Booth Volunteers: Tickets will be at WILL CALL at the McKinley Entrance. They will be under Bee Booth Exhibit under your name. Please allow approx. 15 min. to get your tickets.


Delicious pure, natural, 100% raw local honey direct from Los Angeles County
beekeepers is available for purchase. 
HONEY STIX in delightful colors and YUMMY flavors!

See our 2017 Bee Booth Photo Album on Facebook.


Grand Opening Celebration

Join us on Sunday, August 27th to celebrate the grand opening of our new location at 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd in Chatsworth. In honor of National Honeybee Day, we will also be hosting our Annual Honey & Recipe Contest.

For more info:





JUNE 10, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017
18217 Parthenia Street
Reseda, CA

Limited Space
Take Home a Gallon
$50 per person
Contact Roger Taylor to Attend: 818-400-9017


JUNE 10, 2017 - 6th Annual 2017 California Honey Harvest Festival & BBQ Championship

9:00AM-5PM  Central Park in Downtown Fillmore, CA



Every year LACBA member beekeepers hop aboard the Fillmore and Western Railway and ride the rails from the Honey Harvest Festival over to Bennett's Honey Farm.  Beekeepers love talking about "BEES" and sharing their beekeeping adventures and knowledge with the general public. The California Honey Harvest Festival is one of our most entertaining and rewarding club events.  

Train Rides: 10AM, 12:30PM, 3PM

Maybe you've only had a couple beekeeping classes and might not think you know much about bees -- you'd be surprised how much you learn in the doing.  You don't need to be an experienced beekeeper to help out at our Honey Bee Table:

(Shifts available: Table Setup: 8:30AM / Ready: 9AM  Close: 5PM)

Contact our king docent, El Rey Ensch, at (818) 480-2228 cell or (818) 790-3236,
or sign up with El Rey at our next LACBA Meeting. 

It's a wonderful, fun, learning experience!
- Join Us!

JUNE 10, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017
18217 Parthenia Street
Reseda, CA

Limited Space
Take Home a Gallon
$50 per person
Contact Roger Taylor to Attend: 818-400-9017


December 5, 2016  


WHERE: Pickwick Gardens
1001 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91506
Conference Center 

WHEN: Monday, December 5, 2016
TIME: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  (Doors open at 6, we dine about 6:30)

In case you didn't get the Evite email, please RSVP at the Evite pagePickwick Gardens. Map.

ON THE AGENDA:  Our president, Keith Roberts, will be speaking about his visions for our future. We will be voting on new officers, and ratifying our legalization as a 501(c)3 non-profit!

WHO: This is a family-friendly open event - feel free to bring your spouse, partner, kids, and friends.

HOW MUCH: $10/person.  

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring either an appetizer or dessert to share (6-8 servings is plenty).
Potluck by last name: A-M Desserts  N-Z Appetizers    

RAFFLE: Tickets are $1. Members renewing for 2017 get 5 free tickets. Please bring any items you'd like to contribute to the raffle on the night of the dinner.

CATERING: Once again, we are so pleased to announce our wonderful dinner will be provided by Outback Catering (LACBA Member, Doug Noland).  Beverages will be provided by Pickwick Gardens. 

November 15 - 17, 2016 - 2016 California State Beekeepers Association Annual Convention

Come join us for the 2016 annual CSBA convention in beautiful San Diego, California! Learn about the latest research, trade ideas with fellow beekeepers, and explore innovative products at the Tradeshow. Come early and stay late to take in all that San Diego and the luxurious Kona Kai Resort & Spa has to offer. There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Special Convention rates will be available.

Online registration is finally up and running! The entire convention is only $150 for all 3 days with advance registration. Don't forget to become an official member of the CSBA while you're at it. Follow the link below!

Follow us on the CSBA Facebook page for more information on events, speakers, and real time changes during the convention. Remember to 'LIKE' us.


September 2 - 25, 2016

Pomona Fairgrounds
(Across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Fair Open: September 2-25, 2016  
Wed - Sun and Labor Day (Monday)


From September 2 through September 25, 2015, volunteer members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and Beekeepers of Southern California will be on hand at the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair educating thousands of school children and the general public about honeybees and their importance in our lives. LACF is one of the largest county fairs in the country and the most-visited event in the Los Angeles region in September – an end-of-summer tradition for many.   


This year we welcome Tabitha Mansker, 2016 American Honey Princess from September 19-26 in the final stop of her National Honey Month Tour. She will be the guest of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association at the Los Angeles County Fair, speaking to fairgoers about the importance of honeybees to the public's daily lives. 

Tabitha is from Nevada, TX where she helps manage her family's 16 hives (so she knows a lot about bees). She helps in the honey extracting for many commercial beekeepers. 

As the 2016 American Honey Princess, Tabitha serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States. 

Honeybees are responsible for nearly 1/3 of our entire diet in regards to the pollination services they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. 

Come meet Tabitha. She's looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions. 

We had a great time at last year's fair. Check out our Bee Booth - 2015 photo album on Facebook:

VOLUNTEERS: The LA County Fair is September 2-25th. "The Fair Sign-ups are available for LACBA and BASC members at Volunteer Spot. You should have received an email from them on Cyndi’s behalf, asking you to sign up for the fair. If Volunteer Spot doesn’t recognize your email, please get in touch with Cyndi Caldera via email at to have yourself added so you can sign up. If you need help to sign up please call Cyndi: (323) 243-0756.  Thank you!

If you have any questions about the fair or your schedule, please call Cindy Caldera at 323-243-0756 or email Cindy at

NOTE to all LACBA Members: This is a great opportunity to share what you've learned in Beekeeping Class 101. We guarantee you won't be bored. And we could use your help! Please contact Cindy Caldera at 323-243-0756 or email Cindy at  

We need 3 shifts of volunteers per day. All volunteers will receive free parking and passes to the fair to enjoy their time before/after their shift in the bee booth. Volunteers who put in the most hours will be eligible for scholarships to attend the CSBA convention in San Diego in November.

Come help educate your community, meet your fellow beekeepers, and maybe even learn something new yourself!


August 20, 2016 – National Honeybee Day National Honeybee Day

The Valley Hive is hosting a Honey Tasting and Recipe Contest in celebration of National Honeybee Day. 
We hope you can join us at The West End Tavern on Saturday, August 20th from 4-7PM.

Beekeepers from the Los Angeles area will have an opportunity to showcase their Backyard Honey. Each entry will be judged by our panel of Honey Experts from all over Southern California. After a winner is chosen, the honey will be available for public tasting.

 Guidelines to Enter: Is your honey the best in town? Do you have a favorite honey recipe? Entering our contest couldn’t be easier!! 

  1. Fill out the form
  2. We need two 1 pound jars of your honey: one in an unmarked jar for the contest; the other jar should be labeled, and will be sold at the event. All proceeds will be donated to a charity dedicated to helping to Save the Buzz!  
  3. Bring your honey to The Valley Hive or you can ship it to us, if you prefer. You can also bring it to the next LACBA meeting on Monday, August 1st. Deadline to enter is August 18th.
  4. If you are entering a honey recipe, simply let know what you are making and bring it to The West End Tavern by 3:30pm on August 20th.

Our Shipping Address is:
9633 Baden Avenue, Chatsworth, California 91311


June 20-26, 2016   National Pollinator Week

June 23, 2016:

Picnic With The Bees

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Jun 23, 2016
Grant Park, Los Angeles 
(Across from City Hall) 

There are over 30 media events across the country. Today there's a brief press conference inviting media and beekepers to make statements regarding pesticides affecting them. What we are seeing and what we are experiencing. Each speaker given a statement. No podium.  1-4 minutes.  The main goal is to get the EPA and test and ban pesticides that kill bees. (Environment California)

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

Nine years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 20-26, 2016 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

5th Annual 2016 California Honey Harvest Festival & BBQ Championship

Saturday, June 11, 2016   9:00AM-5PM
Central Park in Downtown Fillmore, CA

Tel: 805-524-5789


Train Tour to Bennett's Honey Farm   Arts & Crafts    Live Music & Entertainment
BBQ Championship Cookoff & More!
Festival opens at 9:00am   -   Free Admission   -   Fun for the whole family!  


3 Train Tours Daily to Bennett's Honey Farm - Saturday - 10:00AM / 12:30PM / 3:00PM
Ticket price for Fillmore Train Ride and Bennett's Honey Farm Tour  

$22 Adults & Seniors 
Youth 4-12: $15
 Children 2-3: $10
 Under 2 Years free on lap​ 
For more info about the Festival and Train Tours to Bennett's Honey Farm visit:
This year the festival will help support Autism Speaks, a national non-profit helping 
to increase research and awareness of autism spectrum disorders.
​Come join us at our 5th Annual California Honey Festival, an educational and tasty experience held in conjunction with the 
Fillmore & Western Railway, a refurbished railway tucked away in the rolling hills of Ventura County. 
Step aboard the historic Fillmore & Western Railway for a short train ride to Bennett's Honey Farm
 located halfway between Fillmore and Piru. 
You'll see demonstrations by California bee keepers along the way and take a one-of-a-kind tour at the honey farm, where you'll learn all about honey bees and how the honey is collected and processed. 


LACBA MEMBERS: Come bee a part of the 5th Annual Honey Harvest Festival as a docent on the train educating the public about honey bees and beekeeping or talking about bees at our Honey Bee Table. Contact El Rey at (818) 480-2228 cell or (818) 790-3236 - or sign up with El Rey at our next LACBA Meeting on Monday, June 6, 2016. 
It's a great fun experience! 


May 21 and 22, 2016  LA ZOO "Wild for the Planet" Earth Day Celebration

Our first foray into the LA Zoo's “Wild for the Planet” Earth Day celebration is on Sat/Sun May 21-22, 2016. To spend a day at the zoo helping teach people about bees, please contact Ruth Askren to sign up. Come meet people from the local beekeeping community!




May 18 and 19, 2016 - AGdayLA 

The Pomona Fairgrounds - At the 'Big Red Barn'
1101 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

We're still in need of volunteers for AGdayLA. Volunteers - please bee there between the hours of (8:30 - 12:30)

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, will once again be participating in the education of about 800 4th graders about honeybees and their importance in pollination of crops and how the entire food chain is impacted by honeybees  If you're interested in spending a couple hours helping teach 4th graders about bees, please contact Mary Landau (626) 794-4025 to sign up! We're also looking for additional observation hives for this event; so if you have an observation hive we can use, please let Mary know. Thank you!

(NOTE: Mary Landau is our contact for AGdayLA. Please do not contact her for information about honey bees or swarms. Just contact her if you are an LACBA member who can help as a volunteer talking about honey bees for AGdayLA. Thank you!)


Grow Pomona - Mar 19, 2016

The Farm at Fairplex - Grow Pomona: A family day to celebrate agriculture, horticulture, food, fun and learning

Free admission with fun activities, gardening tips, agriculture and horticulture, education and enlightenment for one and all

Admission and parking free at Gate 12 on White Ave.

Members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association will be on hand talking about bees! Please contact Ruth Askren who is coordinating volunteers – thank you!