LACBA Meeting: Monday, June 3, 2019

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Next LACBA Meeting
Monday, June 3, 2019
Doors Open: 6:30PM (Club Discussion)
Meeting Starts: 7:00PM
All are Welcome!

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 
3561 Foothill Boulevard 
La Crescenta, CA  91214

LACBA Meeting Minutes - May 6, 2019


Meet and Greet - 6:30pm

Discussion - 6:45pm
Paying for volunteers at Honey Harvest Festival 6:45

Volunteer limit of 5 packages as per state employee definition

Membership Meeting - 7:00pm

a. Welcome

b. Flag Salute

c. Introduce the board Kevin Vice president, Merrill Secretary, ElRay Member at large and I your president. Bill our treasurer passed away March 26th. We will have a remembrance tonight at the end of the meeting.

d. Select Raffle ticket seller, index cards for questions

e. New Members and/or guests

f. Thank Doug Noland for the treat du jour

First/Second year beekeeping - 7 minute Speaker

Cindy will give us a fireside chat. How you got into beekeeping and on the mistakes made, the trials, tribulations, problems of their first two years of beekeeping.

Topic Speaker

Michele Colopy is the program director for the Pollinator Stewardship Council whose mission is to defend managed and native pollinators vital to a sustainable and affordable food supply from the adverse impact of pesticides. She will be addressing tonight Migratory Beekeeping and why keeping them alive is so difficult.


How are the new package bees looking? Does anyone have A package with drawn comb and a package on foundation…to see the difference.

April 25th it’s been 39 days so new bees coming out for some 18 days?

How many bees do you see in the hive? When you open, how many frames are covered with bees. 8 frames? Is when you’ll add another box? What’s your plan? Swarm control? Treat?


Meeting Minutes - Mary Ann Laun

Secretary Report - Merrill Kruger

Treasurer's Report – Jon Reese

Membership Report – Cheryl Thiele

Website Report – Eva Andrews

Education Report - Mary Landau – opportunities to educate.

Beekeeping 101 - Keith. How did bee class go and what’s in the next class


1. Eaton Canyon Nature Center - We Love Bees! Report!

2. ElRay Ench - Honey Harvest Festival Update.

3. Cindy Caldera - LA County Fair Bee Booth. We need to gather literature, seeds, posters, bags, etc

July Speaker
Beekeeping in South Africa next month by a Beekeeping Family that worked bees in that area.

What’s blooming

Index cards Q&A

Next month with Bees Splits, mite check-treat, honey flow?

Raffle!!! Remember to bring raffle items!

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?


Class begins at 9am, and runs until approx. noon

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.


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

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



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/.

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 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 Meeting: Monday, October 1, 2018

Our next meeting will be held Monday, October 1, 2018.
Open Board Meeting/Committee Meeting: 6:30PM
General Meeting: 7:00PM Location: 
Mount Olive Lutheran Church (Shilling Hall)
3561 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214

Meetings of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association are open to the public. All are welcome!

Special Talk on beeswax processing and products.  Please bring your own products to show the group and maybe some of your own tips on processing, procedures and uses for beeswax.

LACBA - Help Needed!


Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association request for Help Needed. We now have an LACBA Help Needed page located in our MEMBERSHIP CENTER (right Sidebar) .

The LACBA is a volunteer organization composed of commercial and urban beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts.  With the increased awareness of the plight of honeybees, the growth of Colony Collapse Disorder, the legalization of beekeeping in the City of Los Angeles, the need for honey bees in our food chain and the importance they play in our lives, our club membership has quadrupled in size over the past few years. 

One of the benefits of LACBA membership is the opportunity to learn how to care for honey bees from experienced beekeepers. Another benefit is to share our experience with others.  Requests for our skills, experience, knowledge, and services have increased and we find we are in need of LACBA members to help with our ongoing efforts to meet those requests.


Beekeeping Class 101 - BeekeepersWe need volunteers who have beekeeping experienc to help teach our Beekeeping Class 101 on the 3rd Sunday of the month, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive.  It is not necessary to be a long time beekeeper, (4, 5, or 6 years experience is sufficient).  Please contact: Keith Roberts at The Valley Hive: tel: 818-280-6500,


LACBA Buzzings Newsletter - EditorWe need an editor who can work with our LACBA Secretary, Merrill Kruger, in getting out our monthly newsletter.  Time required: min. 2 hrs/mo. Please contact Merrill Kruger at: 



LACBA Education Chairperson: Requests for beekeepers to share their beekeeping experience and knowledge have increased tenfold in the past few years.  We need someone who can filter and respond to requests from schools, libraries, clubs, businesses, etc., and contact LACBA members who are available to provide these fun, exciting, educational opportunities. For more information, please contact LACBA Merrill Kruger at:

LA County Fair - Bee Booth
There are many ways members can help with the LA County Fair Bee Booth. 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 - and we could use your help at the Honey Table and with the Observation Hive.  Come, be of service to the LACBA and the honey bees.  Learn more: /bee-booth-la-county-fair/.

LACBA Meeting: Monday, July 2, 2018

Our next meeting will be held Monday, July 2, 2018.
Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM
General Meeting: 7:00PM 
Mount Olive Lutheran Church (Shilling Hall)
3561 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214

Meetings of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association are open to the public. All are welcome!

LACBA Meeting: Monday, June 4, 2018

Our next meeting will be held Monday, June 4, 2018.
Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM
General Meeting: 7:00PM 
Mount Olive Lutheran Church (Shilling Hall)
3561 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214

Meetings of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association are open to the public. All are welcome!

LACBA Meeting: Monday, April 2, 2018

Our next meeting will be held Monday, April 2, 2018.
Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM
General Meeting: 7:00PM
Mount Olive Lutheran Church (Shilling Hall)
3561 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214

Meetings of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association are open to the public. All are welcome!

Bees For Sale

Order your bees now from LACBA members (check with the individual beekeepers for pricing, products, and availability):

Bare Bees Honey: email:

Bill's Bees:

Holly Hawk: 626-807-0572

The Valley Hive:

Newbees Swarmed to LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 February 18, 2018

Newbees Swarmed to the LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 February 18, 2018 at The Valley Hive . This was our first class of the season.  Next class March 18, 2018, 9AM-Noon.  Learn more about our classes at: Beekeeping Class 101

Thank you to Jeremey Jensen for the images!!!


LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 begins Sunday, February 18, 2018, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Assocition Beekeeping Class 101
Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 9:00AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive.

Get there early so you can find a place to park. Bring a chair, and paper and pencil for taking notes.

Beekeeping Class 101 is the entire session of beekeeping classes: February through October 2018 (No class in September). 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, you will have missed out on valuable information.

All the information you need in order to attend our Beekeeping Class 101 is posted on our website: /beekeeping-classes-losangeles/. We do not send out notifications of changes in dates, schedule, times, locations. The first two classes will be held at: 10538 Topanga Canyon, Chatsworth, CA. The location for the rest of the classes TBD.

Beekeeping - What You Need to Start Keeping Bees!

Bill's Bees     By Bill Lewis     February 4, 2018

In March and 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.

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.

Book Suggestions:

Beekeeper’s Handbook 

Keeping Bees in Towns & Cities

How to Keep Bees & Sell Honey

Beekeeping for Dummies

Basic Essentials List for Beginning Beekeepers:

The Hive - Langstroth (from the bottom up):

Hive Stand - This is a platform to keep the hive off the ground. It improves circulation, reduces dampness in the hive, and helps keep ants, bugs, leaves, and debris from getting into the hive. It can be made of anything solid enough to support the weight of a full beehive. Wooden hive stands are available for sale but bricks, concrete blocks, pallets, and found lumber are just as good. It’s helpful to place the legs of the stand in cans filled with used motor oil to deter ants from climbing up the legs and into the hive. The stand should be strong enough to support one hive or a number of colonies. What is important to remember is that the hive needs to be at least 6 inches off the ground.

Bottom Board - Is placed on top of the hive stand and is the floor of the hive. Bees use it as a landing board and a place to take off from. 

Entrance Reducer - Is basically a stick of wood used to reduce the size of the entrance to the hive. It helps deter robbing.

Hive Boxes/Supers - Come in three sizes: deep, medium and shallow. Traditionally, 2 deep boxes have been used as brood chambers with 3 or 4 or more boxes (medium or shallow) on top as needed for honey storage. Many beekeepers use all medium boxes throughout the hive. This helps reduce the weight of each box for lifting. If you have back problems or are concerned about heavy lifting, you could even use shallow boxes all throughout the hive. So, 6 boxes as a minimum for deep and medium. More if you wanted to use only shallow boxes. You will only need two boxes to start out, adding boxes as needed for extra room and honey storage.

Frames and Foundation - For each box you have for your hive, you will need 10 frames that fit that box. Frames can be wooden with beeswax foundation or all plastic with a light coating of beeswax. The bees don't care and will use both equally well. Foundation is intended to give the bees a head start on their comb building and helps minimize cross comb building that makes it difficult to remove and inspect. You can buy all beeswax foundation or plastic foundation with a thin coat of beeswax applied to it. Alternatively, you can provide empty frames and let the bees build their comb from scratch but that can be a bit tricky and it takes the bees longer to get established. 

Top Cover: The top cover can be as simple as a flat sheet of plywood. We prefer the top covers made with laminated pieces to make a flat board and extra cross bracing to help hold the board flat for years. Plywood tends to warp over time. You can also use a telescoping cover, but they require an additional inner cover. 

Paint - All parts of your hive that are exposed to the weather should be painted with (2 coats) of a non-toxic paint. Do not paint the inside of the hive or the entrance reducer. Most hives are painted white to reflect the sun, but you can use any light colors. Painting your hives different colors may help reduce drift between the colonies. If your hive will not be in your own bee yard, you may want to paint your name and phone number on the side of the hive.

Tools & Supplies:

bee brushBee Brush - A beekeeper needs a brush to gently move the bees from an area of observation when looking for a queen and when harvesting frames of honey. Use a brush that has long, soft, flexible, yellow bristles. Don’t use a dark, stiff brush with animal hair, or a paint brush.

duct tapeDuct Tape - You’ll have lots of uses for duct tape, might want to keep it handy.                                                                                                                                                   

Hive Tool - A hive tool is the most useful piece of beekeeping equipment. It can be used to pry up the inner cover, pry apart frames, scrape and clean hive parts, scrape wax and propolis out of the hive, nail the lid shut, pull nails, and scrape bee stingers off skin. The hive tool has two parts: the wedge or blade and the handle. Hive tools are often fitted with brightly-colored, plastic-coated handles which helps the beekeeper locate the hive tool while working.

FeederFeeder - You may want to have a feeder with sugar syrup to give your new bees a boost in their new home. Its the helping hand they need to get started building comb.

SmokerSmoker - Examining a hive is much easier when you use a smoker. Use it to puff smoke into the entrance before opening the hive and to blow smoke over the frames once the hive is opened. This helps the beekeeper to manage the bees. Cool smoke helps to settle the bees. Smoking the bees initiates a feeding response causing preparation to possibly leave the hive due to a fire. The smoke also masks the alarm pheromone released by the colony’s guard bees when the hive is opened and manipulated. Smoke must be used carefully. Too much can drive bees from the hive. A smoker is basically a metal can with a bellows and a spout attached to it. We prefer to use a smoker with a wire cage around it. A large smoker is best as it keeps the smoke going longer. It can be difficult to keep a smoker lit (especially for new beekeepers). Practice lighting and maintaining the smoker. Burlap, rotted wood shavings, pine needles, eucalyptus, cardboard, and cotton rags are good smoker fuels.

Protective Clothing:

Bee suitBee Suit - For the best protection, full bee suits are recommended. But whether or not a suit is used, a beekeeper's clothing should be white or light in color (bees generally do not like dark colors and will attack dark objects). Avoid woolen and knit material. You will want to wear clothing both that will protect you and you don’t mind getting stained (bees produce waste that shows up as yellowish marks on your clothing). You’ll want to close off all potential to getting stung by wearing high top boots or tucking your pants into your socks and securing your cuffs with rubber bands or duct tape.

Bee Gloves - Long, leather, ventilated gloves with elastic on the sleeves help protect the hands and arms from stings.

Hat and Veil - Even the most experienced beekeepers wear a hat and veil to protect their head, face, and eyes from bee stings. Wire veils keep bees farther away from the face than those made of cloth. Black veiling is generally easier to see through. Make sure the veil extends down below and away from your neck.

That’s it!

Once you have all you need, expenses can be kept to a minimum. With the right care, equipment, tools, and clothing will last a long time. If your hive becomes overcrowded, just add another box or two. Or, you may find you’ll want to split your hive – then you’ll have two! If honey is overflowing, just add another box or two. And, great! – You’ll have lots of yummy honey!!

A note on protective clothing: There was a time when we could safely visit our bees wearing little protective clothing. With the arrival of Africanized honey bees into the Southern states, we've come to realize the potential danger of an aggressive hive and have learned to exercise caution when approaching our bees. A once gentle hive could be invaded and taken over by a small aggressive swarm in a few days. These bees are unpredictable and vigorously defend their hives. Protective clothing such as a bee suit, veil and gloves will help keep stings to a minimum in the bee yard if worn correctly. As beekeepers, it is our responsibility to help curtail the danger to our bees, ourselves, and others. At Bill's Bees, we practice responsible beekeeping for an urban environment.

Here’s a list of suppliers:

Los Angeles Honey Company 
Dadant & Sons 
Mann Lake Ltd. 
Walter T. Kelley Co.
The Valley Hive

We primarily work with the Langstroth hive but you can also use the Top Bar Hive or the Warre Hive. We'll be happy to share our experience with these two styles of hives, as well. 

For many years, Bill's Bees held the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 at our apiary in Little Tujunga Canyon. The class grew from under 20 newbees in 2010 to nearly 200 in 2016. Since we no longer have our location in Little Tujunga Canyon, the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 is being held at The Valley Hive. You can fine information about the classes on the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 website and LACBA Facebook page.

Reminder - Get your bees now. You don't want to be bee-less come bee season. Bill's Bees Sells Bees in Complete Hives - Medium Box SpecialDeep BoxPackagesNucs, and Italian Queens. Our bees have known gentle genetics and are great for commercial and backyard beekeeping. 

Happy bee-ing!

Thank you, 
Bill Lewis
Bill's Bees

(Bill Lewis, owner of Bill's Bees, is a current member and former president of the California State Beekeepers Association and the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. Bill has been keeping bees for nearly 40 years.)

LACBA Meeting: Monday, January 8, 2018

Since the first Monday of the month is a holiday, our next meeting will be held Monday, January 8, 2018.**

Open Board Meeting: 6:30pm
General Meeting: 7:00pm

Mount Olive Lutheran Church (Shilling Hall)
3561 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214

**The meetings of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association (LACBA) are open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Please see the draft agenda in the email link below and send any requests to add or revise agenda items to our President, Jon Reese, at prior to the meeting. Don't forget to bring something fun to raffle!

Draft Agenda and Newsie Bits:

Please note: It was forgotten to be mentioned in the email but our LACBA President, Jon Reese, is hoping all those who attended the CSBA Convention will share a short report on what you found most interesing, informative, entertaining - something you can share with the rest of us. Thank you!

Happy New Year!

New Years Eve advice from;
Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History
Honey For Your New Years Celebration. 

According to the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, honey speeds up alcohol metabolism, which means that it will help your body break down the alcohol more quickly. - Source: What Women Need to Know - 2005, page 14, By Marianne Legato, Carol Colman

Eating toast and honey after a long evening's drinking will help prevent the morning-after hangover headache. -Source: Better Homes and Gardens - 1977, page 61

LACBA Golden Hive Tool Award Presented to The Mussenden Family

The 2017 Golden Hive Tool Award
was presented to
The Mussenden Family
at our 2017 LACBA Annual Holiday Banquet
December 4, 2017

The Golden Hive Tool Award is our president’s choice of someone who has shown great dedication to the club and thereby improves peoples’ experience with beekeeping. This tradition was started by past president of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, Clyde Steese, to honor a beekeeper in our association that has gone above and beyond in volunteering for the LACBA and who embodies the spirit of promoting the love of honeybees amongst other beekeepers and the community.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Harry Truman, our 33rd President of the United States said this, and this year’s Golden Hive Tool Award recipient personifies that very concept.  Credit isn’t sought.  But the opportunity to be helpful, to be useful, is indeed the mantra for this candidate. 

Over the last three years, take a look at the variety of events hosted by the LACBA or related to its members.  Perhaps consider printing out this daunting list and posting it on the wall.  Wrap a blindfold over your eyes and arm yourself with an assortment of darts.  Let them fly, and you are very unlikely to hit anywhere that you wouldn’t see this recipient:

Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101
Honey Harvest Festival in Fillmore
Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth (for consecutive years)
The Valley Hive Honey Competition and Grand Reopening
“Wild For the Plant Day” at the L.A Zoo

It’s conceivably easier to attempt to consider where they haven’t helped.  But then again, in recent years, I quite literally could not find such an instance.

And it’s not just any help.  But the best help.  Here are some of the quotes from those who have worked with this candidate.

“The commitment to the bee club is extraordinary.”

“When everything seems lost, they always seem to show up and save the day.  It’s uncanny, and eerily consistent.”

“Amazing.  Dedicated. Talented. Consistent: Just a few adjectives I would use.”

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association is grateful to The Mussenden Family for their dedication to our association, to other beekeepers, and most of all, for their service to the bees.

The Los Angeles Beekeepers Association Golden Hive Tool Award was presented to The Mussenden Family by Jon Reese, incoming 2018 President of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association.

REMINDER: LACBA Annual Holiday Banquet - December 4, 2017


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

WHEN: Monday, December 4, 2017
TIME: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  (Doors open at 6, we dine about 6:30)




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 2018 get 5 free tickets. (2018 Membership dues are $20.) 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. 

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 (Class #8): October 14, 2017, 9am-Noon

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 (Class #8) Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9am-noon

(818) 280-6500

BRING A FOLDING CHAIR. Seating is limited.

For directions and day of class updates contact: The Valley Hive

Click here for more information about our
Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association
Beekeeping Class 101

TOPIC: Getting your bees through the winter.

Note from The Valley Hive: Even though The Valley Hive has moved to a new location, LACBA Beekeeping Class 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 working inside the hive, so if you have beekeeping tools – smoker, hive tool, bee brush – please bring them to class, along with smoker fuel and a lighter.

Calling all LACBA experienced beekeepers - The Valley Hive could use your help with bee class this year. Thank you!