Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 9AM-Noon at The Valley Hive

!!!REMINDER!!!
The 2019 Season of Beekeeping Class 101 begins Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sign Up Today!

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Los County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping 101:
A Class for beginning beekeepers – Hosted by The Valley Hive

Who: Current 2019 Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Members. The membership is a family/household membership, children under the age of 18 are welcome with accompanying adult member.

What: 8 Classes to guide you during your first year as a beekeeper

Where: Chatsworth, CA: Class topic will determine class location

When: The 2nd Sunday of the Month (See full class schedule )

Time: 9am to Noon (All classes are the same time.)

Requirements: Beginning with the 3rd class (April) BEE SUITS ARE REQUIRED attend class.

Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per class per household or $100 per household for all 8 classes. The February and March classes are free. You will need to be a current LACBA member to take class.

More Info: Please refer to our Beekeeping Class 101 page for the Location(s) and Schedule of Classes.

Sign Up for LACBA Beekeeping Class 101.

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - Sign Up Online

Los County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping 101:
A Class for beginning beekeepers – Hosted by The Valley Hive

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101.jpg

Who: Current 2019 Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Members. The membership is a family/household membership, children under the age of 18 are welcome with accompanying adult member.

What: 8 Classes to guide you during your first year as a beekeeper

Where: Chatsworth, CA: Class topic will determine class location

When: The 2nd Sunday of the Month (See full class schedule )

Time: 9am to Noon (All classes are the same time.)

Requirements: Beginning with the 3rd class (April) BEE SUITS ARE REQUIRED attend class.

Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per class per household or $100 per household for all 8 classes. The February and March classes are free. You will need to be a current LACBA member to take class.

More Info: Please refer to our Beekeeping Class 101 page for the Location(s) and Schedule of Classes.

Sign Up for LACBA Beekeeping Class 101.

Beekeeping Class 101 - #8 October 21, 2018 9AM-Noon, The Valley Hive (Store Location)

NOTE: CHANGE OF LOCATION for Beekeeping Class 101 - #8 Sunday, October 21, 2018, 9AM-Noon, will be at The Valley Hive Store location: 10538 Topanga Canyon, Chatsworth, CA. It will not be at the apiary location.

Are you an experienced beekeeper and looking for a way to share your bee knowledge with others?  Or, are you new to beekeeping and looking for a place to learn more about bees?

COME JOIN US FOR BEEKEEPING 101!!!

PLEASE BE ON TIME 
Class begins at 9am, and runs until approx. noon

MEET AT THE VALLEY HIVE LOCATED AT:
10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd, CHATSWORTH, CA 91311

Parking is available on both sides of Topanga Canyon.  If you park on the south side of the street please use the crosswalk at Chatsworth St.

CLASS AGENDA
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THIS YEAR?

  • Equipment Essentials
  • Honeybee Basics
  • A Beekeeper's Year
  • Testing  & Treating for Varroa Mites
  • Winterizing your hive
  • What to expect come spring time

THE COST FOR CLASS:
Free!  With a paid membership to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association

2018 Membership Fees: 

$20 per year for household membership, or

$45 per year for a contributing membership

FUTURE CLASS DATES:

THIS IS THE LAST CLASS FOR 2018

Be sure to attend the monthly Monday meeting and check the website for upcoming events in 2019.

All the information you need in order to attend the LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 is posted on our website: /beekeeping-classes-losangeles/.

OUR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING WILL BE HELD ON
Monday, November 5, 2018

Board Meeting: 6:30pm

General Meeting: 7:00pm 

Location: Mount Olive Lutheran Church (Shilling Hall)
                 3561 Foothill Boulevard
                 La Crescenta, CA 91214

       Please bring something for the raffle

THE BOARD WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU

The LA County Fair is our largest fund raiser of the year.  Your board of directors would like your suggestions as who we should have come speak to us in 2019.  Come to the Board Meeting @ 6:30pm on Monday November 5, 2018 to give your opinion.  This is your chance to be heard.

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101: Class #4 Saturday, May 13, 2017

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 (Class #4) Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9am-noon
NO BEE SUIT REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS.

 THE VALLEY HIVE
9633 BADEN AVENUE
CHATSWORTH, CA 93063
(818) 280-6500

BRING A FOLDING CHAIR. Seating is limited.

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

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.

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 (Class #2) Saturday, March 11, 2017

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 (Class #2) Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9am-noon
Topic: Building a Hive, Hive Placement, How to Install a Package.
NO BEE SUIT REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS.

 THE VALLEY HIVE
9633 BADEN AVENUE
CHATSWORTH, CA 93063
(818) 280-6500

https://www.facebook.com/events/1669044520062856/

BRING A FOLDING CHAIR. Seating is limited.

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

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101: IMPORTANT UPDATE RE LOCATION

***IMPORTANT ***

BILL'S BEES IS MOVING OFF THE MOUNTAIN SO THEY WILL BE UNABLE TO HOST THE 
LACBA 2017 SEASON OF BEEKEEPING CLASS 101

THE 2017 SEASON OF BEEKEEPING CLASS 101 WILL BE HELD AT
THE VALLEY HIVE
9633 BADEN AVENUE
CHATSWORTH, CA 93063
(818) 280-6500
info@thevalleyhive.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/764175260414762/?active_tab=about

BRING A FOLDING CHAIR. Seating is limited.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAYS
PLEASE VISIT OUR OUR
BEEKEEPING CLASS 101 PAGE
FOR INFORMATION
THANK YOU! 

PLEASE CONTACT THE VALLEY HIVE DIRECTLY 
IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT WEATHER CONDITIONS! 

Beekeeping Class 101 - August 16, 2015 at Bill's Bees Bee Yard 9AM-Noon

REMINDER: Beekeeping Class 101 - August 16, 2015 at Bill's bees Bee Yard 9AM-Noon. Topic: More Lessons in Hive Management and Keeping Your Bees Alive During the Dearth.  BEE SUITS REQUIRED. You won't want to miss it! /beekeeping-classes-losangeles/

Beekeeping Class 101 - June 14, 2015 at Bill's Bees Bee Yard 9AM-Noon

Our next LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 will be held June 14, 2015 at Bill's Bees Bee Yard, 9AM-Noon. Bee Suits Required. 

Note from Bill: "June Bee class is traditionally our class for hunting mites, but every class from now on out will have a segment on testing for mites, monitoring mite levels, and treatment.  We will follow the progress of packages installed in April. A guy from Long Beach is supposed to be bringing a hive with a problem.  We plan to diagnose the problem and fix it. We may get a chance to take a look at an Africanized hive going through the re-queening process.  Queen was introduced in a cage after removing the old queen at our last class, for those who stayed very late last month.  We need to verify that she was accepted or not."

We teach responsible beekeeping for an urban environment. Join us! For more information, check out our Beekeeping Class 101 page.

Beekeeping Class 101 - Part 1

Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association/Bill's Bees

How exciting! 119 newbees (Yikes!) showed up for our first class of the 2015 season! What a gorgeous day to be up on the mountain at Bill’s Bees Bee Farm. Bill and Clyde have hosted and taught the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 for quite a few years. Once upon a time, there were only a handful of “newbees” interested in becoming beekeepers. Over the past few years, interest in beekeeping and the desire to learn more about these tiny honey bees who are so important to our survival, has grown around the world.

So now you want to be a beekeeper!!! You’ve come to the right place. We offer a great series of classes for both beginners and established beekeepers. We’ll walk you through a season of beekeeping; from where to get your bees, what you’ll need in the way of protective clothing, tools and equipment, how to care for your bees, and when and how to extract honey.

With the joy of beekeeping also comes the responsibility to your bees, your neighbors, and yourself. We teach responsible beekeeping for an urban environment, adhering to best management practices for the bees, the beekeepers, and the general public. Keeping bees can be daunting and there’s a lot to learn. As the beekeeper will tell you, “Ask ten beekeepers a question, and you’ll get eleven answers.” You'll make mistakes, we all do. But you’ve entered a wonderful community whose passion is honey bees. We’re here to help you become the best beekeeper you can be.

In our first class we discussed some of the preliminary planning considerations, tools and equipment, and beekeeping resources. In April you’ll be picking up your bees (hope you’ve got your bee order in, they’re going fast!). Below are some things to consider and plan for before you pick up your bees. In our next blog we’ll share the essential tools and equipment you’ll need before you bring your bees home.

Location, Location, Location:

  • A location in the open, preferably with a southern or easterly exposure, for maximum sunshine throughout the day.
  • Away from animals and children, not along a foot path, or where there is direct traffic. 
  • Protected by a barrier (approx. 2 feet from - and facing a hill or wall) from wind, streets, etc. This will also force the bees to fly up and over cars, people, etc., thus causing them to be less of a nuisance and helping them to stay alive.
  • Ease of access (you don’t want to be lifting heavy supers of honey up and down stairs or across rocky fields).

What the bees will need:

  • A safe, natural habitat with a source for nectar and pollen. A typical honey bee colony forages more than 80,000 square yards to find plants and flowers with sufficient nectar (honey) the bees' source for energy and pollen (essential in brood rearing) the bees' source of carbohydrates. 
  • A nearby source of fresh water (within ¼ mile) so they don’t use the neighbor’s swimming pool. This can be a tank or barrel of water with rocks or floating boards or cork for the bees to land on. 
  • A safe, comfortable, home to live in. 

We suggest you buy a couple of good beekeeping books and read them all the way through, twice. Here’s some suggestions: 

  • Beekeeper’s Handbook 
  • Keeping Bees in Towns & Cities
  • How to Keep Bees & Sell Honey
  • Beekeeping for Dummies

Our next class is March 15th at The Valley Hive, where you’ll learn woodworking, how to build bee boxes, frame assembly, and how to prepare your hive for your bees. All future classes will be at Bill's Bees Bee Yard. 

We don't send out notices or emails of changes in dates, times, location, or schedule. All the information regarding the classes is posted on the website: Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 and on the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Facebook page

We welcome you to the wonderful, exciting world of beekeeping. We are forever grateful for the 'Gift of the Bees!' Join us!

Thank you!
Bill and Clyde
Bill's Bees

http://billsbees.com/

Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, August 17, 9-Noon, at Bill's Bees Bee Yard

Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Bill's Bees Bee Yard 9AM-Noon. Topic: Keeping Your Bees Healthy and What You Can Learn About Your Bees At the Hive Entrance. BEE SUITS REQUIRED to attend this class. We teach responsible beekeeping for an urban environment. Everyone is Welcome! For details and directions see Beekeeping Class 101.

National Honey Bee Day - Today

It's National Honey Bee Day Today. We'd like to thank beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts everywhere for celebrating our precious honey bees.

We'd especially like to thank all the members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association who are honoring the bees today by either: 

*Spending this weekend at the Pomona Fair Grounds setting up the Bee Booth for the Los Angeles County Fair which will be held August 29- September 28, 2014. http://www.lacountyfair.com/

*Joining HoneyLove in their National Honey Bee Day Party and Pot Luck at Venice Beach from 10AM-2PM.  Group Photo is at Noon. https://www.facebook.com/events/238793076320330/

*Learning about bees at LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 Sunday, August 17, at Bill's Bees Bee Yard, 9am-Noon. http://www.losangelescountybeekeepers.com/beekeeping-classes-losangeles/

*Caring for honey bees in their own bee/back yard by providing pesticide free, bee-friendly plants and a clean water source.

May you Enjoy a Beautiful Honey Bee Day!

Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Bill's Bees Bee Yard

Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Bill's Bees Bee Yard 9AM-Noon.  Topic: Bee Hive Management.  BEE SUITS REQUIRED to attend this class.  For details and directions see Beekeeping Class 101.  We teach responsible beekeeping for an urban environment. Everyone is welcome but if you have not been attending our beekeeping classes you may want to wait until next year's session of  Beekeeping Class 101 which will begin in February 2015. 

Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, February 16, 2014 9-Noon

Our 2014 Season of Beekeeping Class 101 begins Sunday, February 16, 2014  - 9am-Noon. Bill's Bees Bee Yard.  

All are welcome. $10 fee for non-members. Free to members (membership $10/year.)

Bee Suits Not Required for this first class.  For details and directions see our Beekeeping Classes page. Learn 'Responsible Beekeeping for an Urban Environment'! Come, Learn, Enjoy!!!

Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, November 10, 2013 9-noon

REMINDER: Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 9am-Noon. Bill's Bees Bee Yard.  

This is our last beekeeping class for the season. Topic: Keeping Bees Alive Through The Dearth
Bee Suits Required. All are welcome. $10 fee for non-members. Free to members (membership $10/year.) For details and directions see our Beekeeping Classes page. Our 2014 Beekeeping Class 101 will start up sometime in February. We will post the dates as soon as they're available. Thank you! Learn Responsible Beekeeping in an Urban Environment! 

The March of the Bees

See the March of the Bees. At our April 21st Beekeeping Class 101, we learned how to approach a hive, open a hive, more about what goes on in a hive, how to search for mites, and what to do if we find them. We also learned how to remove a hive from a birdhouse. Did you know, if you empty a hive of bees onto a sheet, they'll march right up that sheet to their new home? Check it out at our new Photo Gallery. (Photos courtesy of Jon Reese)

Our next Beekeeping Class 101 is May 19, 2013 9-noon at Bill's Bees Bee Yard. Hope to see you there!!!

Beekeeping Class 101: April 21, 2013 - Bill's Bees Bee Yard

Beekeeping Class 101: April 21, 2013 - 9am-Noon. Bill's Bees Bee Yard.  

This Sunday we will cover:
1) Hive inspection, ready for a super?
2) Installing a package
3) Mite testing, compare 2 methods
4) Transfering bees from a birdhouse to standard frames.Hive inspection, ready for a super?

All are welcome. $10 fee for non-members. Free to members (membership $10/year.)

Bee Suits Required. For details and directions see our Beekeeping Classes page

We teach 'Responsible Beekeeping in an Urban Environment! Come, Learn, Enjoy!!!

Beekeeping Class 101: March 17, 2013 - Bill's Bees Bee Yard

Reminder: Beekeeping Class 101: March 17, 2013 - 9am-Noon. Bill's Bees Bee Yard.  Topic: How to put on your bee suit so you don't get stung. Tour through the inside of a hive. For details see our Beekeeping Classes page. Responsible Beekeeping in an Urban Environment!

Beekeeping Class 101 Monday, March 4, 2013 - Topic: Woodworking

Beekeeping Class 101 will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013. The topic is Woodworking (Woodenware and assembly for your hives). It will be taught by long time beekeeper, Walt McBride. Doors open at 7:00pm, Meeting begins at 7:30. This class will be held at our regular Monday night meeting location: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3561 Foothill Blvd., LaCrescenta, CA 91214. Hope to see you there!!!

LACBA Buzzings!!! Newsletter from January 7, 2013 Meeting

Buzzings!!! Newsletter from our January 2013 Meeting is now ready for your reading enjoyment. Thank you to LACBA Secretary, Stacy McKenna, on a wonderful job. Some of the topics include: Recap and Member Reports on the CSBA Convention, Beekeeping Classes 101 begin February 17, Africanized Bees, and much more. Welcome to all the new attendees. Our next meeting on February 4th feature's a report on the ABF Convention in PA, from Clyde Steese, former LACBA President.