2012 Beekeeping Class 101

 2012 Beekeeping Class 101
(February - October, 2012) 

On Sunday, October 7th, the 2012 Beekeeping Class 101 gathered atop the mountains overlooking San Fernando Valley for our final beekeeping class of the season. Over the past 9 months we learned the foundations of beekeeping: equipment and protective clothing, safe placement of a hive, how to approach a hive, stages of life cycle within a colony, the social order of bees, general maintenance, how to treat diseases, parasites and problems that threaten the hive, how to feed the bees when nectar is low, and what to do if we come across an aggressive hive. We learned how to help the bees help themselves. We learned how to be responsible beekeepers in an urban environment. We learned the difference between bee 'keepers' and bee 'havers'. 

We would like to thank Bill Lewis (Bill's Bees) and Clyde Steese (Bill's Bees and LACBA President) for this wonderful class in beekeeping, for making their apiaries available to us, and for sharing their time, experience, and knowledge with us.

What an awesome experience to be standing on a mountain top, blue skies above, thousands of tiny honeybees buzzing all around us, and our 'heads in a beehive.' As we learned; focus, presence of mind, slow movement, and a profound love of the honeybee became a new experience in our lives. It is one of our greatest gifts as beekeepers. With experience, perseverence, and passion may we all become bee keepers rather than bee havers. The bee keeper is truly blessed. May we be forever grateful for the 'Gift of the Bees'.

We hope to see you in February 2013 for Beekeeping Class 101. 

Congratulations to all the new beekeepers!!!

Bee Happy, Bee Well, Bee Alive!!!

So, You Want to Keep Honey Bees!

By Scott Guiser, Sr. Extension Educator (Penn State Extension 8/1/12)

Honey bees are in the news almost every week. A condition known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has drawn attention to honey bees like never before. The public has been reminded of the importance of honey bees in the production of everything from apples and almonds to onions and alfalfa. (It is the onion/alfalfa seed they help with). And, the bee’s plight has struck a sympathetic nerve with many folks. Maybe you’re one of them.

Regardless of motivation, interest in hobby beekeeping is hot. Beginner beekeeping classes are popping up all over. So, do you want to keep bees? Let’s think this through…


For beekeeping classes in the Los Angeles county area contact: The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. We have been educating about beekeeping for over 130 years. Our classes are free to members. Membership is $10 per year.