LACBA 2018 Golden Hive Tool Award Presented to Dave Williams

Congratulations to Dave Williams for receiving the
Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association 2018 Golden Hive Tool Award!

Dave Williams, 2018 Golden Hive Tool Award

Dave Williams, 2018 Golden Hive Tool Award

Each year the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association presents the Golden Hive Tool Award to a member who shows curiosity and growth in working with bees or who has shown good service to our club.

At our January 7, 2019 LACBA Membership Meeting, the 2018 Golden Hive Tool Award was presented to LACBA member, Dave Williams.

Dave grew up in Pasadena and his high school time was spent at a wonderful college preparatory school which offered an independent studies program nurturing growing young adults in art, natural history, academics, athletics and independent study programs. One of his professors kept bees. Dave was stung, both literally and figuratively, and his honeybee beekeeping began.

In the 70’s he went to work for the LA Honey Company.

Dave began a career in the aerospace industry as a mechanic repairing airplane instruments. He was a VW mechanic, repairing communication equipment for the military.

Since the 90’s Dave has volunteered at the Bee Booth at the Los Angeles County Fair and has kept the bees alive in the indoor observation hive during the fair. Now Dave not only helps organize and manage the Bee Booth, but volunteers for a full week of managing not only the bee booth but the volunteers during his time at the booth.

In 1993 he set up and ran an Africanized honey bee booth, explaining and demystifying the Africanized honey bee.

Dave was instrumental in changing the regulations for keeping honey bees in the City of Pasadena.

Like many of our members, Dave said the heck with the 9 to 5 work day and set out to make a living keeping and removing bee swarms.

Dave and his wife, Mary, raised three children (one of them allergic to bees), and are now proud grandparents.

We’d like to thank Dave Williams for being a long time member of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, and for his dedication and service to the LACBA, to bees, beekeeping, and beekeepers.

Congratulations!

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
AG Day LA
“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.

LACBA Newsie Bits 7/28/17

Next Meeting is Monday, August 7, 2017**

Open Board Meeting: 6:30pm

General Meeting: 7:00pm 

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

**The meetings of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association (LACBA) are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.


Thank you for your continued support of the LACBA. You can expect to find the following information in this month's newsletter:

Contents:

Beekeeping with Children

Agenda Item: 'Hive' Alerts

Colonies for Rescue

Urban Beekeeping Interview Request

Demonstration Requests

Save the Dates

Annual Honey & Recipe Contest 



1. Beekeeping with Children
LACBA Member Bernard Rene is looking to buy/rent/borrow a bee suit for a 6 year old, if that exists. . . Any ideas?

Please email: dumedrive@gmail.com with information. Thank you!



2. Agenda Item: 'Hive' Alerts
Sandra Helperin found a "large, thriving hive on a public walking path in West LA." She wrote the club, saying "It seems to me it could pose a hazard, but I want the bees to be safe. Who could move it?" Please email sandyhelperin@icloud.com to discuss with her.

This may be the same colony described in this alert, which was sent a week or so prior:
"Please send me information of a beekeeper to remove a bee hive from the Brentwood Farmers Market. It is on the sidewalk by the Brentwood elementary school in between Montana and San Vicente. Please email:booking2@ccfm.com

There was another alert about a "happy" hive at a historic Hollywood estate:
"We have this very happy hive that moved into a wall on our property about 6 months ago.... recently it has grown exponentially. We had to drain our fountain because it seems like hundreds of bees would go there to drink everyday. It would scare our clients.
We hate to disturb the bees because they are obviously thriving, but we have to get them moved to a place where they won't scare away customers.
Can you help us? Or recommend an urban beekeeper that may want to remove this hive and take it to a more suitable location? 
Thank-you, Steve" steve@theparamour.com 

If you are interested in responding to these requests, please do so. Also, at the next board meeting we will be discussing a mailing list/automatic response as an option for handling similar requests in the future. We can also discuss how to handle swarms and mentorship requests, if there is interest. Please join us at 6:30pm on August 7th at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church if you would like to participate in one or more of these discussions.



 3. Colonies for Rescue
There is a significant traffic to the website with inquiries such as this one:

"Bees love my maple tree. I have had at least 4 hives that I know if in the 20+ years I've lived here. We live very happy together. Unfortunately, the drought took its toll on the maple tree an it has died (I'm very sad). Before I have it removed I will need to have the hive removed. I live in Temple City (near Arcadia/Pasadena). I would rather have them removed rather than killed if possible. Please email or call Dawn Tarin: dawntarin@hotmail.com or 626-688-8009"

-and-

"Hello I am a firefighter with the City of Los Angeles, Assigned to Fire Station 37 in the Westwood Area 1090 Veteran Ave cross of Wilshire Blvd.We have a large honey bee issue inside our handball court at our fire station in two areas. In the Southwest corner, inside the structure, there is a large ball of bees larger then a basketball, which we can now see honey comb. These bees are entering through a silver dollar size hole below the roofline. We have an observation deck which sits above the handball court where the bees can be seen between the rafters about 8 ft from the upper deck. There is a fixed ladder which we use to gain access to the upper deck.
The other bee location is on the Northwest corner of the same handball court. These bees are entering through a baseball size hole in the exterior wall about 50 ft from the other location. This hole sits about 10 ft up the wall, where the bees are entering the wall. We do not see any activity on the opposite side of the wall, which leads us to believe the bees are living inside the wall.
We could contact our city services to have the bees removed, but their method in removal will most likely be the extermination of the bees. The bees have been in place for approximately two weeks without incident.
Please contact us on this matter. You can contact me directly or contact the on Duty Captain at the Fire Station. We would like to have the bees removed ASAP. Thank you for your time.
Brett Porter Los Angeles City Fire Department Fire Station 37 1090 Veteran Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 575-8537 brett.porter@lacity.org C: (805) 506-1386

If you are interested in responding to these requests, please do so. Also, at the next board meeting we will be discussing a mailing list/automatic response as an option for handling similar requests in the future. We can also discuss how to handle hives and mentorship requests, if there is interest. Please join us at 6:30pm on August 7th at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church if you would like to participate in one or more of these discussions.



4. Urban Beekeeping Interview Request
Vincent Zhang, a Product Design student at ArtCenter College of Design is wondering if he could get in touch with a beekeeper near Pasadena or within Greater LA. He is currently doing a project on Urban Beekeeping and would like to interview someone to learn more about it from a beekeeper's perspective. Please email: vtyzhang@gmail.com



5. Demonstration Requests
A synagogue located in Santa Monica and is looking for someone to do a demonstration at their open house. The presenters are welcome to sell any products that they may have. The date is August 27 from 2-5pm. Please contact Cindy Roth at cdrxla@aol.com or 917 923-7532.

The Calabasas Garden Group is interested in learning about bees and how they can help bring them back to our gardens to do their good work. They are wondering if someone would be willing to come to one of their monthly meetings to educate them about bees either on September (14th) or October (12th). If that doesn't work, they meet on the second Thursday of each month, except in July and August. They are behind the Calabasas Commons (shopping area) and close to Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley. Please contact Maxine Straus at booma@charter.net or (818) 222-7830 

Furthermore, if you are interested in leading or participating on an Education Committee, please join us before the 6:30 Board Meeting on August 7th at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church for an informal discussion of how the club can help and support you. Please arrive early to inform our President, Jeremy, that you'd like to be added to the agenda. If there's something special that you have in mind, please discuss your ideas with Jeremy at that time.



 6. Save the Dates
In addition to being honey contest season, every year our club has some major educational events for you to get involved with. Regardless of how much experience and education you hold; when you volunteer, you have an opportunity to both learn more about bees while also teaching others. Contact information is included in conjunction with the dates below so you can sign up and/or help out! 

July 31, 2017 - Deadline for Good Foods Awards Competition
Click the link to connect to Kathy Keatley Garvey's blog for more details.

August 27, 2017 – National Honey Bee Day is so special, there are 2 events on the same day: Setup for the LA County Fair at the Pomona Fairgrounds (RSVP to Cindy Caldera) + The Annual Honey & Recipe Contest at The Valley Hive Shop on Topanga Canyon Blvd. (more details below)

September 1-24, 2017 – Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona Fairgrounds – Please email Cindy Caldera to sign up for a shift or two. Many hands makes the work light!

November 14-16, 2017 – CSBA Convention, Lake Tahoe



7. Honey & Recipe Contest
Participating in the contest is simple, and anyone can enter. If you would like to enter your backyard honey, bring two 8oz jars -- one labeled, one unlabeled -- to the shop at 10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd in Chatsworth before August 27th. No honey to share, but you'd like to be involved? Cook or bake a honey dish and bring it in by 11am on the day of the event.

Special guests are invited to judge the event. After the winners are chosen, the honey and dishes will be available to taste. The extra honey will be raffled off and the proceeds will go to a bee charity chosen by The Valley Hive. An RSVP from you will help with planning the event. You can RSVP on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/892262614244944/) or send an email at info@thevalleyhive.com. You can also call 818-280-6500. The Hive is looking forward to hearing from you, but even if they don't, they wanted you to know that you are still invited to come.
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~Looking forward to sharing the buzz with you at the next gathering or in the Apiary!

It's a Wonderful Time to be a Beekeeper in Los Angeles

KCET     By Clarisssa Wei     May 20, 2017

For the past five years, a very parched California has meant beekeepers have been struggling. The lack of water meant a notable absence of wildflowers and forage, which stressed out the insects.

“The drought had been really hard on beekeepers,” Jeremy Jensen says, president of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. In the past years, Jensen has had to feed honey to his bees just to keep them alive.

“The flowers haven’t had any nectar and we haven’t be able to produce honey,” he says. “But this year we’re really excited and optimistic about boosting up our bee numbers.” 

Today, new analysis points that nearly half of California is no longer in a drought. And while the holistic effects of the recent rains have yet to be determined, for Jensen and the beekeeping community here in Los Angeles, the benefits are both immediate and noticeable.

“I have seen that nectar and pollen are coming in very early, and that the bees are eager for a bumper year,” he says. 

Clarissa WeiI meet Jensen at his friend’s beekeeping shop, Valley Hive in Chatsworth, where he immediately greets me with a smile and a white beekeeping suit for me to put on.

While the breed that he works with, Italian honeybees, are on the gentler spectrum, Jensen doesn’t take any risks with visitors.

“It’s not fun being stung in the eye,” he says, speaking from experience.

I get in his truck and we drive a couple minutes up the hill to a field of bright yellow and purple wildflowers. On the field is a handful of white bee boxes. Jensen gets his smoker ready, suits up and proceeds to give me a tour.

“Each hive has 60,000 bees,” he says. “One queen, and the rest, 97% of them, are female. There are only a few males. The queen lays 2,000 eggs a day.”

He lightly smokes one of the boxes, which calms the bees, and lifts up a section. It is teeming with hundreds of thousands of bees, crawling around and making honey.

Clarissa WeiBees make honey by chewing collected nectar for about half an hour, then passing it to other worker bees, Jensen mentions. This process is repeated until the nectar turns into the mucilaginous substance known as honey and is then stored in honeycomb cells, which are sealed with wax.

It is their source of food and trained beekeepers are careful not to over-harvest. Not over-harvesting is paramount, Jensen stresses. For him, the bees are more important than the honey and the money.

One out of every three bites of food depends on bees, he notes. Furthermore, between $235 billion and $577 billion worth of annual global food production relies on pollinator contributions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Unfortunately, 40 percent of invertebrate pollinator species — especially bees and butterflies — are facing extinction. While commercial bee populations aren’t as vulnerable as feral ones, pesticide use has been linked to the the presence of mites on the bees and colony collapse disorder — a phenomenon that happens when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen.

According to honeybee researcher Marla Spivak, in the United States today, we have half the number of managed hives compared to that of 1945 due to altered farming practices. Instead of layering fields with cover crops, natural fertilizers that fix nitrogen in the soil, we have opted for synthetic fertilizers. Cover crops were major sources of food for the bees.

https://www.kcet.org/food-living/its-a-wonderful-time-to-be-a-beekeeper-in-los-angeles

Fun at the 2017 Honey Harvest Festival

Thank you to all the LACBA members who volunteered at the 6th Annual California Honey Harvest Festival & BBQ Championship last Saturday.

Whether they're riding the rails to Bennett's Honey Farm or tending the Honey Bee Table, beekeepers never get tired of talking about bees. Looks like everyone had a great time!

For larger images, see Cesar de Leone's post on our LACBA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping/

 

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.

Honey Bees “A Gift From Them, to Us”

Honey Bees
“A Gift From Them, to Us.”

April 2, 2017
By: Emma A. Ramirez

At La Comunidad de Niños Unidos

Jim, a neighbor and member of the community, is a Bee Keeper who was invited to our school to share his knowledge about bees. He was prepared with plenty of pictures and fruit to share with the children. The children were aware that Jim the Bee Keeper would be coming to the Community school and prepared a few questions prior to the presentation. As Jim walked in, Kaicee greeted him “Good morning Jim!” The children sat and were eager to listen to what Jim had to say. They were mesmerized with the pictures of bees and became more curious. He was full of valuable and interesting information. Theorist Lev Vygotsky stresses the importance of scaffolding the children’s behavior. In this case Jim was scaffolding and supporting the children in how to respect and not be afraid of bees. Being exposed to such experiences is extremely vital in the future of our children and our earth. It is important for them to make a connection with nature and appreciate it. Although connecting to nature was a key point in this presentation, the connection they made with Jim was crucial. The children now have a known resource in their own community to continue learning from.  During our presentation we learned how hard bees work to produce honey and how they must work as a team to complete each ones tasks. Just like the bees, our community will continue to work together, help each other and learn from one another.

(Note: Jim Honodel is a beekeeper and member of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. Thank you, Emma, for this lovely remembrance of a fun day talking about bees.)

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! 

LACBA Members at the 2016 CSBA Convention

From November 15-17, 2016, over 20 members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association joined over 300 beekeepers for the 127th Annual Calfornia State Beekeepers Association convention at the Kona-Kai Resort in San Diego, CA. What a great time we had mingling with commercial & backyard beekeepers to learn more about honey bees and beekeeping. We heard about the latest bee research from some of the top educators and researchers in the industry. Vendors were on hand demonstrating the latest beekeeping equipment and supplies.    

This is one of the best bee conferences in the country and we look forward to next year. We had a wonderful time and hope you can join us. Check out our photo album on our LACBA Facebook page.  

 Some of our LACBA members gather outside the Kona-Kai
 

 LACBA members check out the newest Hummerbee!

 
CSBA Awards Banquet 

(Note: Thank you to everyone for the great pictures for our CSBA 2016 Photo Albumon our LACBA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping/: Eva Andrews, Robin Finkelstein, Bill Lewis, Misty Mussenden, Joy Pendell, Bill Rathfelder, and Jon Reese.)  

LACBA Meeting: October 3, 2016

Join us for the next meeting of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association 
Date: Monday, October 3, 2016. Doors open: 6:45pm / Meeting Starts: 7:00pm Location: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3561 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214 Come, learn about bees! All are welcome! /meetings/

Commercial Beekeepers - The Unsung Heroes of the Nut Business

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 begins this Sunday, February 21, 2016, from 9AM-Noon at Bill's Bees Bee Yard. Join Us! 

Bill's Bees Go To Almonds 
From Bill's Bees Blog - February 15, 2016 

"It's another warm, sunny day here in Southern California, and early this morning Bill and Clyde headed north to almond country. Every year about this time, Bill's Bees takes part in the greatest pollination event in the universe - almond pollination. Last year, Tracy Samuelson featured Bill's Bees in her piece for Marketplace, (it's reposted below in its entirety). Enjoy!"

By Tracey Samuelson, Featured on Marketplace, March 2, 2015 (Click here for Radio Interview) 17:15

"Commercial Beekeepers - the Unsung Heroes of the Nut Business" 

Bill Lewis is waiting for the sun to set, the time of day when his bees crawl back inside the short white boxes that house their colonies. As the sky turns pink behind the San Gabriel mountains, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Lewis climbs into the seat of a forklift and starts moving the hives onto the back of a flatbed truck. These bees are on the move.

Marketplace Bees return to their hive for the night

 

                                                                                            
"As soon as you get on the freeway and there’s air flowing past the entrances, all the bees run back inside,” says Lewis, of any stragglers.

Lewis, who runs Bill’s Bees, is taking about 700 of his hives on a road trip to the California’s Central Valley, where he’ll unload them across acres of almond orchards, working until 1 or 2 a.m. under the light of full moon.

All across the country, more than a million-and-a-half colonies are making a similar journey – traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to pollinate California’s almonds. Farmers rent hives for few weeks because in order for almond trees to produce nuts, bees need to move pollen from one tree to another. 

No bees, no almonds.

“This pollination season there will be [some] 800,000 acres of almonds that need to be pollinated,” says Eric Mussen, a honey bee specialist at the University of California Davis. He says more than 100 different kinds of crops need these rent-a-bees, but almonds are significant for the number of acres that require pollination all at the same time. About 85 percent of the commercial bees in United States – which Mussen calls “bees on wheels” – travel to California for almonds.

The state supplies roughly 80 percent of the world’s almonds, worth $6.4 billion during the 2013-2014 season, according to the Almond Board of California.

“It’s a matter of numbers,” he says. “You’re trying to provide enough bees to be moving the pollen around between the varieties and whatnot. It’s just a huge, huge number of bees. The only way we can get a huge number of bees in one place at one time is to bring them in on trucks.”

In fact, bees are such an important part of the almond business that Paramount Farms, one of the biggest almond growers in the world, has decided they need to be in the bee business, too. The company just bought one of the largest beekeepers in the United States, based in Florida.

“Bees are so essential for the process of growing almonds,” says Joe Joe MacIlvane, Paramount’s president. “If we don’t have a reliable supply of good strong colonies, we simply won’t be a viable almond grower, so that’s our primary motivation for getting into the business.”

Renting bees is about 10 to 15 percent of Paramount’s production costs, but the motivation to keep their own bees isn’t simply economic.

“Many bee keepers are individual or family business and many people are getting on in years and we don’t see a lot of young people coming into the business,” says MacIlvane.

Additionally, bee populations are struggling. A significant number having been dying each year for the past decade or so, thanks to a mix of factors, from pesticides to lost habitat for feeding. Sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly what’s killing them.

“We had a large problem last year with bees dying in the orchard because of something that was going on during bloom,” says Bill Lewis. He thinks a pesticide or fungicide may have been to blame.

This year, Lewis and his bee broker are being pickier about the farms they’re working with, vetting them more carefully because those lost bees had big economic consequences – about $300,000 in lost income for Lewis.

Featured in: Marketplace for Monday March 2, 2015 (Click here for Radio Interview
http://billsbees.com/ 
http://billsbees.com/blogs/news-2016/76225797-bills-bees-go-to-the-almonds
/beekeeping-classes-losangeles/ 

2015 LACBA Holiday Banquet Recap

Our Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Annual Holiday Banquet was held Monday, December 7 at Pickwick Gardens (in the beautiful Rose Garden Room). Once again, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner provided by Outback Catering (LACBA member Doug Noland).  As always, LACBA members contributed an abundance of hors d'ourves and all kinds of sweet desserts.

LACBA President, Keith Roberts, introduced Inspector Conrad Burton, LA County Apiarist from the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights & Measures. Inspector Burton provided lots of useful information on the Bees in Our Environment Apiary Program, pointed out the benefits of registering our hives, and directed us to links for the: Annual Apiary Registration FormAnnual Registration Notification LetterCalifornia Food and Agricultural Code: Division 13: Section 29040-29056. He also brought along some brochures on Bees In Our Environment with helpful info on: Swarms, Feral Bee Colonies, Foraging Bees, Beekeepers, and Bee-Proofing Your Home. 

The Golden Hive Tool Award (our President’s choice of someone who has shown great dedication to the club and thereby improved people’s experience of beekeeping) was awarded to Clyde Steese. For the past 19 years Clyde has volunteered countless hours at the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair. For the past seven years he has been the Chairman of the Bee Booth and heads off to the fair each year for five weeks on the momentous task of organizing, setting up, and overseeing the Bee Booth. The Bee Booth is a major highlight of the fair and the only fundraiser of the year for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. Through the efforts of LACBA members who volunteer at the Bee Booth, we use profits from honey sales to support all our club’s educational activities throughout the year, enables the LACBA to send member representatives to the California State Beekeepers Convention, and donates support for ongoing research and other activities for the benefit of honey bees. At our November meeting, the LACBA members voted to provide funding to the following organizations. During the CSBA Convention, the LACBA was privileged to present checks to:

American Beekeeping Federation - American Honey Queen Program
Bee-Girl Organization
Bee Informed Partnership
California State Beekeepers Association Research Fund
California State Beekeepers Association - Right to Farm Act
E.L. Nino Bee Lab - UC Davis
Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility
Pollinator Partnership 
Project Apis m.  

In February of each year, Clyde and his business partner, Bill Lewis, host the LACBA Beekeeping Class 101. One Sunday each month for nine months, new and seasoned beekeepers gather at Bill's Bees Bee Farm where Clyde, Bill, and experienced beekeepers from the LACBA, share their experience and knowledge in educating others about bees and beekeeping. Clyde Steese is also a past president of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association.  

Former receipants of the Golden Hive Tool Award include: Walt McBride, Don & Robin Mitchell, William (Bill) Lewis, William (Red) & Anne Bennett, Bill Rathfelder, StacyMcKenna, and Cynthia Caldera.

RAFFLE!!! Our yearly honey-bee theme “RAFFLE” brought in more funds for honey bee research. With tickets going at $1 a piece, there were lots of eager bees awaiting prizes. Keith and Jeremy Jensen (LACBA Vice President), outdid themselves this year with their entertainment skills. 

 (To see more images, check out our 2015 LACBA Holiday Banquet Album on our Facebook Page. Please remember to 'LIKE' us.
https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping/



 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!

Green Acres In The City

Los Angeles Times/Saturday   By Michelle Hoffman July 25, 2015

Quoted: Stacy McKenna, the secretary for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Assn., said interest in backyard beekeeping and sustainability has helped increase membership from about 100 in 2009 to 600 today.

Read article at: http://www.pressreader.com/bookmark/PBMOZ0LP4GA1/

 

48th DAA Fair and AGDayLA May 11-16, 2015

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


Help teach 3rd and 4th graders about bees. In air-conditioning this year!!!

During AGdayLA and the 48th District Agricultural Association Fair members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, will participate in educating about 800 3rd & 4th graders about honeybees and their importance in pollination of crops and how the entire food chain is impacted by honeybees. 
http://www.agdayla.com/ 

Schedule:

Tuesday, May 12 - (Volunteers 10a-1p) (DAA Fair) LA County Apiary Inspector, Conrad Burton
Wednesday, May 13 - (Volunteers 9:30a-1:00p)  (AGDayLA) (OBSERVATION HIVE)
Thursday, May 14 - (Volunteers 9:30a-1:00p)  (AGDayLA) (OBSERVATION HIVE)
Friday, May 15- (Volunteers 10a-1p)   (DAA Fair) LACBA Members
Saturday, May 16 - Take down

Thanks so very much for your help with this.

There's still time to participate. Contact: Mary Landau mlandau49@hotmail.com

Legalization Update: Beekeeping in City of Los Angeles

January 10, 2015: From HoneyLove: "Thanks to everyone who came to the legalization outreach meeting today! 50+ beekeepers and HoneyLovers."  Among those participating in the efforts to legalize urban beekeeping in the City of Los Angeles is Keith Roberts, president of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. You can view the attached proposed Los Angeles Urban Beekeeping Concepts.


LACBA: Holiday Banquet (Monday, December 1, 2014)

REMINDER: The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Holiday Banquet

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

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


WHO IS SPEAKING: Bee-friendly, drought friendly gardening, Theodore Payne Foundation

HOW MUCH: Members who volunteered at the LA County Fair and their families get in for free. All others are $10/person. 

Anyone who renews their membership at the event gets 5 free raffle tickets. (So does anyone who renewed in November or volunteered at the fair.) Additional raffle tickets will be $1.

CATERING BY:

Our wonderful dinner will be provided by Outback Catering (LACBA Member, Doug Noland). 

 


WHAT TO BRING:
 Please bring either an appetizer or dessert to share (6-8 servings is plenty)
Last Names N-Z Appetizers
Last Name A-M Desserts

Also, please bring anything you would like to contribute to the raffle.

Lastly, be sure to bring your smiles - we'll be taking photos for the 2015 directory!

Please RSVP at the Evite page