Los Angeles Zoo - Spring Fling

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Spring Fling

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association will be hosting a ‘Honey Tasting’ (like a ‘Wine Tasting’) during the Los Angeles Zoo 2019 Spring Fling. For six weekends beginning Saturday, March 23 through Sunday, April 28, 2019. LACBA members will be on hand offering samples of a variety of local honeys. We’ll also be selling local honey as well as providing education about honey bees and answering questions. We will also have a 30 minute slot every day on the stage next to our Honey Bee Booth to talk about beekeeping. 

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Last Day for the LA County Fair - Buzz by the Bee Booth! - It's All About Bees

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

Check out our 2017 Bee Booth Photo Album on Facebook

Fair closes tonight, Sunday, September 24, 2017.

It's all about the bees at the Bee Booth!  Buzz By! Learn about bees.  Lots of experienced beekeepers on hand happy to share their beekeeping adventures! A great experience for all!

Check it out! The Bee Booth at the LA County Fair

The Bee Booth at the LA County Fair

Wed - Sun thru September 24, 2017

Maybe you can find the queen! Learn about bees!

Enjoy honeystix! Pick up some local honey!

Beekeepers from the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association

and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California are on hand

to answer your questions and share their adventures in beekeeping! Check it out!

How many beekeepers does it take to find the queen?

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Everyone has fun at the Bee Booth.

No doubt about it, kids love stix!The early morning line excited to see the honey bees.

Honeystix, Bees, a packed growd of kids on a school trip having fun in the Bee Booth.

Early in the morning, Beekeeper Bob waves from the Bee Booth.

View more images on our Facebook page:

2017 Bee Booth Album

LA County Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend - See you at the Bee Booth!

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)

For more information buzz over to our Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth Page.



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)

Bee Booth Set Up - Saturday, 8/26/17 9AM
(AND Sunday, 8/27/17 if we don't finish on Saturday)

Members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association
and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California

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!!! 

Busy bees setting up the Bee Booth in past years!!!

For more information buzz over to our Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth Page.

Bee Booth - Set Up Day Today!!!

Come on out, learn about honey bees, and have some fun at the fair!!!


Our lovely honey bee, Jan Steese. 

BEE BOOTH SETUP: Thank you to the following members of the Beekeepers Association of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association for helping set up our bee booth on Saturday, August 27, 2016: Cyndi Caldera, Carolyn Grant, Walter Grant, Kevin Heydman, Nick Heydman, Jim Honodel, Dave Lehmann, Bill Lewis, Charlie Marsden, Jon Reese, and Bruce Roberts. The booth is beautiful!

Visit our 2016 LA County Fair Bee Booth Photo Album on Facebook  


Don't Take Honeybees For Granted!

Chatham Daily News    By Kim Cooper    June 29, 2016

You may feel that the work you do is sometimes taken for granted, but the work of the honeybee is really taken for granted.

We all know honeybees gather nectar to produce honey, but they perform another vital function — pollination of agricultural crops, home gardens, and orchards.

As bees travel in search of nectar, they transfer pollen from plant to plant. This fertilizes the plants and enables them to bear fruit.

Approximately 30% of the human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants and the honeybee is responsible for 80% of this pollination. That is amazing!

Bees collect pollen and nectar. Pollen is a very high-protein food for bees. Plants give up some pollen in exchange for the bees' services in transferring pollen from other plants. Nectar is sucked up through the bee’s proboscis, mixed with enzymes in the stomach, and carried back to the hive, where it is stored in wax cells and evaporated into honey.

Some bees tend to stay with a specific kind of flower. For example, a honeybee that visits an apple blossom on its first flight, will usually visit only apple blossoms until there are no more, and then they would change to another flower.

Did you know the honeybee is the only insect in the world that makes food for humans?

So, if you happen to see honeybees during a summer outing, don’t be so hard on them. They are not out to get you. Their stinger is simply a defense mechanism. Their job is to get nectar and spread pollen. They are just doing their job.

We do have a number of local honey operations where you can purchase honey products. They are: Camden Meadows in Dresden (519-683-2033); Mike Dodok Apiaries in Chatham (519-351-8338); and Shiloh Homestead in Muirkirk (519-678-3747). You can also purchase locally grown honey at many of our farm markets and stores.

Why buy local honey? Some say local honey will cure your seasonal allergies, and others say it's just plain good. Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint or support local agriculture, buying honey that's made by bees in your own area is a good thing to do.

But there's another reason you should purchase locally made honey — your own safety.

International honey launderers sometimes ship contaminated honey from China to the U.S., using intermediaries to falsify shipping labels and documents. The honey you purchase in your grocery chain might be labeled as a product of Australia, Thailand, or India, but there's a good chance it came from China. Barrels of honey travel from China to one of several other countries, where they are relabeled and reshipped to North America to be distributed by packing companies unaware of the scheme.

That’s even more reason to support our bee sector by buying local honey, which is delicious and good for you.

Think about this – The Lord is our refuge and strength, and a very present help in times of trouble.

Just some bee-eautiful food for thought.

Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community’s agricultural website at: www.wegrowfortheworld.com


Chinese Honey: Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves. Here's How to Know the Difference

(Note from LACBA Web Master, Eva Andrews: "There's a lot of controversy over Chinese Honey. We post only information from reputable sources. The LACBA does not claim to know the facts. Our suggestion is to know your source of honey. A good way to do that is to purchase local honey from local beekeepers. Article dated 2/16/16: "Chinese Honey Banned In Europe is Flooding US Grocery Shelves - Here's How To Know The Difference" from Magazine For Healthy Living. On 2/25/16 the American Beekeeping Federation shared this article on their Facebook page: Article dated 11/25/11: "Relax, Folks, It Really is Honey After Allfrom NPR.) 

Magazine for Healthy    February 15, 2016

The devastating reality is that one third of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is probably smuggled in from China, which means that there is a possibility that it is tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.

Documents which resulted from the investigation of Food Safety News prove that we here consume millions of pounds of imported, unsafe honey, which is otherwise banned in numerous countries.

Even after the widespread arrests and convictions of major smugglers over the last two years, this flow of Chinese honey continues unstopped, despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal officials that the hundreds of millions of pounds reaching store shelves were authentic and safe.

Food Safety News also interviewed numerous experts, which claim that some of the largest and most long-established U.S. honey packers are buying mislabeled, transshipped or possibly altered honey knowingly. Thus they have the chance to sell it cheaper than those companies who rigorously inspect honey and opt for quality and safety.

Richard Adee, the Washington Legislative Chairman of the American Honey Producers Association, points out that “It’s no secret that the honey smuggling is being driven by money, the desire to save a couple of pennies a pound.

These big packers are still using imported honey of uncertain safety that they know is illegal because they know their chances of getting caught are slim.”

All shipments of honey from India were barred by food safety investigators from the European Union due to the presence of lead and illegal animal antibiotics.

Moreover, investigations discovered that an even larger amount of honey apparently had been concocted without the help of bees, made from artificial sweeteners and then extensively filtered to remove any proof of contaminants or adulteration or indications of precisely where the honey actually originated.

The e rampant honey laundering and the record amount of the Chinese honey purchased by major U.S. packers was proved by an examination of international and government shipping tallies, customs documents and interviews with some of North America’s top honey importers and brokers.

Suebee Co-Op, the nation’s oldest and largest honey packer and seller, was contacted by Food Safety News in order to respond to these allegations and to learn where it gets its honey. However, they remained silent, and did not answer to any call or emails that they repeatedly got. Other major honey seller also did not return to calls and emails.

Indian Honey Will Not Be Consumed in EU

The countries of the European Union and more others officially banned this questionable honey at the beginning of June 2010. On the other hand, and on the other side of the ocean, we live in a place where the FDA checks few of the thousands of shipments arriving through 22 American ports each year.

Namely, FDA data shows that, between January and June, just 24 honey shipments were stopped from entering the country. The number of loads and the inspection team are not exposed by the agency.

Furthermore, during that same period, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that almost 43 million pounds of honey entered the U.S. Of that, the Department of Commerce said 37.7 million pounds came from India. Yes, we speak about the same honey that is banned in the EU due to lack of proper paperwork that it is not Chinese and proofs that it contained animal medicine and lead.

Elise Gagnon, president of Odem International, which is a worldwide trading house that specializes in bulk raw honey says that“There are still millions of pounds of transshipped Chinese honey coming in the U.S. and it’s all coming now from India and Vietnam and everybody in the industry knows that.”

FDA claims that it has regulations that prohibited foods which are banned in other countries from entering the U.S., but last month, its poor excuse was as follows:It “would not know about honey that has been banned from other countries …”

Adee said the European ban against Indian honey is far from a secret, so the response of the FDA’s is “absurd.”

He is the country’s largest honey producer, possessing 80,000 bee colonies in five states,and asks “Why are we the dumping ground of the world for something that’s banned in all these other countries?”-We’re supposed to have the world’s safest food supply but we’re letting in boatloads of this adulterated honey that all these other countries know is contaminated and FDA does nothing.”

Using the existing resources, the food safety agency claims that it invests the strongest efforts possible, and and will do more when the newly passed Food Safety Modernization Act is up and running.

What are the origins of the honey we consume?

The USDA says U.S. beekeepers can only supply about a 48 percent of what’s needed here.  The remaining 52 percent comes from 41 other countries, and the U.S. consumes about 400 million pounds of honey a year – about 1.3 pounds a person. 35 percent of it is consumed in homes, restaurants and institutions, and the other 65 percent is used in industry for sauces, beverages,cereals, baked goods, and hundreds of different processed foods.

A private shipping intelligence service, Import Genius, searched its databases of all U.S. Customs import data for Food Safety News and provided the following information:

– Over the past 18 months, the U.S. imported 208 million pounds of honey.

– Almost 60 percent of the imported honey, that is, 123 million pounds, came from Asian countries, the traditional laundering points for Chinese honey, with 45 million pounds coming from India alone.

– only about 48 million pounds came from trusted and usually reliable suppliers in Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Uruguay.

Adee, who is also a past president of the American Honey Producers Association says that “this should be a red flag to FDA and the federal investigators. India doesn’t have anywhere near the capacity – enough bees – to produce 45 million pounds of honey. It has to come from China.”

What makes Chinese honey harmful?

In 2001, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed a stiff tariff of $1.20 a pound on Chinese honey to dissuade that country from dumping its dirt-cheap product on the American market and forcing hundreds of U.S. beekeepers out of the business. Then, various illegal methods were used by Chinese honeymakers to hide the origin of their honey.

In the same period, Chinese beekeepers saw a bacterial epidemic of foulbrood disease race through their hives at wildfire speed, killing tens of millions of bees. This disease was fought against using several Indian-made animal antibiotics, including chloramphenicol.

Chloramphenicol as proved to have numerous harmful effects by medical researchers, and children given chloramphenicol as an antibiotic were found to be susceptible to DNA damage and carcinogenicity. Not long after this, its presence in food was banned by the FDA.

Ronald Phipps, head of the major honey brokerage firm CPNA International.andco-chairman of the International Committee for Promotion of Honey and Health comments on this situation by stating that“we need imported honey in this country.

But, what we don’t need is circumvented honey, honey that is mislabeled as to country of origin, honey that is contaminated with antibiotics or heavy metal.” This is more than just a wise conclusion.


Scientists Discover Why Honey is the Best Natural Antibiotic

Living Traditionally   December 30, 2014

Honey has been used for centuries for its antibiotic properties.  Science finally confirmed the anti-bacterial abilities of honey. Antibacterial,  antiviral and antifungal  properties of honey alone make it more powerful than conventional antibiotics. Honey contains a protein made by the bees called defensin-1. It is the active germ-killing ingredient in honey. 

Applied topically. honey can kill a wide range of pathogens such as MRSA and flesh eating bacteria. It was also found that the treated bacteria did not build up any resistance like conventional antibiotics.  The effectiveness of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it hard for bacteria to develop resistance.  According to Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D.,  honey utilizes a combination of fighting methods  such as an osmotic effect.  This effect originates from honey’s high sugar concentration. In this process, water is drawn from the bacteria cells, leaving the pathogens no choice but to dehydrate and die off.

According to biochemist Peter Molan, who studied extensively  natural antibiotics such as honey for 25 years, manuka honey is effective at killing even the most antibiotic resistant bacteria even when it has been diluted to a tenth of its original concentration. He states, “There’s more evidence, clinical evidence, by far for honey in wound treatment than for any of the pharmaceutical products. ”

Honey is packed with probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B2 or riboflavin B3 or nicotinic acid, B5 called pantothenic acid, vitamin C, biotin and rutine. Honey also contains many minerals: including calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, iodine, and zinc.

Honey is so powerful and effective at destroying bacteria that it should be the first choice of treatment when treating a bacterial illness.

But make sure to buy raw honey, organic because the heating during manufacturing destroys nutrients and enzymes. Additionally, locally grown raw honey from the area you live is more beneficial as it possesses the immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its environment.

Read at: http://livingtraditionally.com/scientists-discover-honey-best-natural-antibiotic/

Holiday Gifts - Support our local Beekeepers!

What could be sweeter than buying this year's holiday gifts from our local beekeepers!

 "And the bee said:
"We have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax;
thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things,
which are sweetness and light.'"     
- from The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift 

Local honey, beeswax candles and other products produced by the honeybee are sold direct by LACBA members or at local Los Angeles Farmer's Markets, restaurants and shops. They provide the best bee products available; unprocessed raw US Grade "A" local honey, bee pollen, honey stix, handmade beeswax candles, soaps, lotions, lip balms. They are happy to share with you their knowledge of honey bee products, bees, beekeeping, and the state of bees today. And, they may even share with you some of their adventures in beekeeping. For more info and a Farmers Market near you visit our Honey and Bee Products page:  /honey-bee-products/.

You can also purchase online direct from the beekeepers at Bill's Bees and Klausebees

Shop Local Farmers Markets for Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

When getting ready for Thanksgiving this year remember to stop by our local Los Angeles County Farmers Markets and purchase local raw honey. Give thanks to the beekeepers who helped provide the pollinators for your Thanksgiving dinner. LACBA member beekeepers: On Wednesday (11/26) Bills Bees http://www.billsbees.com/ will be at the Camarillo Community Center Park, (1605 E. Burnley St., Corner Carmen & Burnley) 3a-7p and at the Northridge (Northridge Fashion Mall, Parking Lot/NE corner 9301 Tampa Ave) 5-9p; Klausbees http://www.klausesbees.com/ will be at Altadena (600 W. Palm St.) 3-7pm. Buzz by, say Hi! Ask for some Cooking With Honey recipes!!! 

Local honey, beeswax candles and other products produced by the honeybee are sold direct by LACBA members at local Los Angeles County Farmers Markets, restaurants, and gourmet food shops. Our beekeepers provide the best bee products available; unprocessed raw US Grade "A" local honey, bee pollen, honey stix, handmade beeswax candles, soaps, lotions, lip balms. They are happy to share with you their knowledge of honey bee products, bees, beekeeping, and the state of bees today. And, they may even share with you some of their adventures in beekeeping.

Visit our Farmers Market page: /honey-bee-products/

Klausesbees Participates at the Wise School's Farmers Market

KLAUSESBEES participates at the Wise School's Farmers Market Oct 17, 2014   8AM-11AM.

Farmer's Market at Wise school, 
15500 Stephen S. Wise Dr . 

100% benefits the charity for kids with disabilities (school and center). 

They have total of 4 farmers market events throughout the school year (Oct, Dec, Feb and May).

"Always a pleasure to be part of the community of mankind." ~ klausesbees



Holiday Gifts of Sweetness and Light

This holiday season give a gift of sweetness and light. Visit our local Farmers Markets where you can find 100% pure local honey, beeswax candles, and handmade soaps lotions and lip balms from LACBA beekeepers. 

Check out our Honey & Bee Products page for your nearest Farmers Markets. You can also purchase online from: 
Bills Bees and Klausebees.   


"And the bee said:

"We have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light.'"     The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift



Be Sure, Be Safe, Know Where Your Honey Comes From

(The following is brought to us by CATCH THE BUZZ (Kim Flottum) Bee Culture, The Magazine of American Beekeeping, published by A.I. Root Company.) 11/14/13

Make Sure You Don’t Buy Illegal Honey from ChinaCheck Your Honey with a New Look-Up Tool on www.TrueSourceHoney.com

A new search function on www.TrueSourceHoney.com allows U.S. shoppers to be sure that they’re not mistakenly buying honey that has been illegally shipped from China. In one easy step they can help ensure the safety and quality of their honey, while also supporting U.S. honey producers and beekeepers. In addition, retailers and manufacturers are able to trace their product back to the hive. 

By going to www.TrueSourceHoney.com and clicking on the starburst at the top of the page, consumers can enter the UPC code on the back of their packaged honey to see if it is True Source Certified™. 

Millions of pounds of illegally sourced honey may continue to enter the United States, despite continuing federal crack-down efforts. True Source CertificationTM helps ensure honey’s safety and quality because it traces the source of that honey from hive to table. The program has been applauded by honey industry leaders, including the American Honey Producers Association and the American Beekeeping Federation. 

“The True Source Certified logo tells you that the honey you’re buying was ethically and legally sourced,” says True Source Honey Executive Director Gordon Marks. “If you don’t see the logo, ask your retailer or honey company to join the program. And make sure that your favorite foods with honey – from breakfast cereals to snacks – are made by a manufacturer that purchases honey from a True Source Certified honey company.” 

Earlier this year, two of the nation’s largest honey suppliers admitted to buying illegally imported Chinese honey, including some that was adulterated with unauthorized antibiotics. 

About one-third of honey sold in North America today is now True Source Certified. Many large grocery retailers and club stores only use certified honey for store brands, including Costco (Kirkland Signature) and Target (Market Pantry and Simply Balanced). 

The U.S. imports more than 60% of the honey it needs from other countries. Most is from high-quality, legal sources. But some honey brokers and importers illegally circumvent tariffs and quality controls, selling honey to U.S. companies that is of questionable origin. This threatens the U.S. honey industry by undercutting fair market prices and damaging honey's reputation for quality and safety. 

True Source Honey, LLC is an effort by a number of honey companies and importers to protect consumers and customers from illegally sourced honey; and to highlight and support legal, transparent and ethical sourcing. The initiative seeks to help maintain the reputation of honey as a high-quality, highly valued food and further sustain the U.S. honey sector. Visitwww.TrueSourceHoney.com. Follow on Facebook

National Honey Board Offers Honey Locator to the Industry


(The following is brought to us by the American Bee Journal.) 12/12/12

Firestone, Colo., December 11, 2012 – The National Honey Board (NHB) wants to remind honey industry members that they can have their honey company listed on the NHB’s online directory website, www.HoneyLocator.com.

The Honey Locator is a valuable search tool that helps consumers and members of the food industry find suppliers to purchase honey from. The website includes ways to search for specific honey varietals, as well as different forms of honey, like comb honey or whipped honey. Honey purchasers can also search for honey from a particular location (such as their home state), and for other goods and services offered by honey producers, packers and importers.

HoneyLocator.com has an average of 15,000 monthly visitors, with over 120,000 unique visitors in 2012. With a little over 300 companies listed on the site, this is an effortless way to grow your business. This site has proven invaluable for people looking for a specific varietal, form of honey or honey from their area.

Honey Locator is a one-time fee of $50.00, which is the only cost incurred over the life of the membership. If the applicant is a current assessment payer, this one-time fee will be waived. Members will be reminded to update their current information and honey offerings on a yearly basis.

For more information, please log on to www.HoneyLocator.com or call the National Honey Board office at 800-553-7162.

The National Honey Board is a federal research and promotion board under USDA oversight that conducts research, marketing and promotion programs to help maintain and expand markets for honey and honey products. These programs are funded by an assessment of one cent per pound on domestic and imported honey.

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