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.

The Valley Hive 3rd Annual Honey Competition & Recipe Contest

The Valley Hive
10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Sunday, August 12th 4-7pm
https://www.facebook.com/thevalleyhive/

https://www.facebook.com/events/471608013283828/

Looking for a little old fashioned summertime fun? Stop by The Valley Hive on Sunday, August 12th from 4-7pm for the 3rd Annual Honey Competition & Recipe Contest. Taste honey from local backyard beekeepers and sample dishes made with honey. Kids activities, workshops, and local vendors will be on hand as well. To enter the competition or submit a recipe, send an email to info@thevalleyhive.com. This event is FREE to the public.

Mark Your Calendars! Randy Oliver Workshop August 25 & 26

 

Randy Oliver:

Randy is a regular contributor to the American Beekeeping Journal, owner/author of scientificbeekeeping.com, and one of the premier beekeeping speakers in the US. We are very fortunate to have him share his knowledge with us. This is a rare chance to ask questions of one of the most respected researchers in the field ! Join us and enjoy an informal presentation on Randy's latest research projects and hive management.

“I started keeping bees as a hobbyist around 1966, and then went on to get university degrees in biological sciences, specializing in entomology.  In 1980 I began to build a migratory beekeeping operation in California, and currently run around 1000-1500 hives with my two sons, from which we make our livings.

In 1993, the varroa mite arrived in California, and after it wiped out my operation for the second time in 1999, I decided to “hit the books” and use my scientific background to learn to fight back.  I started writing for the American Bee Journal in 2006, and have submitted articles nearly every month since then (see “Articles by Publication Date”–scroll to the bottom for the most recent).

My writing for the Journal brought me requests to speak at beekeeping conventions, which has also allowed me the chance to visit beekeepers from all over North America and several other continents.  I read most every scientific study relating to beekeeping, and regularly correspond with beekeepers and researchers worldwide.

What I try to do in my articles and blogs is to scour scientific papers for practical beekeeping applications, and to sort through the advice, opinion, and conjecture found in the bee magazines and on the Web, taking no positions other than to provide accurate information to Joe Beekeeper.

I regularly update the articles on this site as new information becomes available, and solicit constructive criticism or comments.  Perhaps the best venue for such discussion is at the Informed Discussion of Beekeeping Issues and Bee Biology.  Be sure to subscribe to updates, and I’ll email you monthly when I add content to the sitehttp://scientificbeekeeping.com/scientific-beekeeping-newsletter/

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - #6: July 15, 2018, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive

UPDATE: From The Valley Hive, Saturday, 7/14/18, 12:09AM

The next Beekeeping Class 101 will be held Sunday, July 15, 2018, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive apiary location: 9633 Baden Avenue, Chatsworth. Bee Suits Required for this class.

TOPIC: VARROA MITE PART II

Last month we tested for varroa mites in the bee yard. Hopefully, many of you have had the chance to perform a varroa mite test on your own hives. We look forward to having you share your experience and hearing about the results.

This month we will be discussing the various types of treatments available to control this pesky pest! 

Are you an experienced beekeeper? We welcome your help and are always happy to have volunteers.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

MEET AT OUR BEE YARD AT 9633 BADEN AVENUE.

Please be prompt - class is this Sunday at 9am.  

Please respect our neighbors. We are guests on this property, and we are a very large group. 

Limited parking is available inside the gate and also on Baden Avenue.

The bee yard is located off a dirt road; a short walk up a hill from the parking lot. 

PROPER ATTIRE IS A MUST!

Full suit with veil and gloves are required to attend class.

Closed shoes/boots are required.

Bring bottled water. It is HOT!!

Bring your own labeled tools, smoker, and smoker fuel  for a chance to receive more hands-on learning opportunities.

NEED SUPPLIES:

Our store, located at 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd, will open at 8am on Sunday.

REFRESHMENTS:

We will meet back at our Topanga location for refreshments after class, where you will have the opportunity to ask your beekeeping questions.

If you have any last minute questions or concerns, you can contact The Valley Hive at (818) 280-6500 or via email at info@thevalleyhive.com

See you in class!
The Valley Hive

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - #5: June 17, 2018, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive

The Los Angeles County Beekeeping Association Beekeeping Class 101: Class #5
will meet at The Valley Hive bee yard located at 9633 Baden Avenue, Chatsworth, CA
from 9am-Noon this Sunday, June 17, 2018.


TOPIC: VARROA MITE 101
History of the Varroa Destructor
The Biology
The impact of Varroa Mites on Bees
Testing for Varroa Mites
Discussion of types of treatments for a hive with Varroa Mites

We encourage you to bring your own mite test kit - if you have one! 
From Randy Oliver An Improved, But Not Yet Perfect, Mite Washer

MEET AT OUR BEE YARD AT 9633 BADEN AVENUE.
Please be prompt - class is this Sunday at 9am.  
Please respect our neighbors.
We are guests on this property, and we are a very large group. 
Limited parking is available inside the gate and also on Baden Avenue.
The bee yard is located off a dirt road; a short walk up a hill from the parking lot. 

PROPER ATTIRE IS A MUST!
Full suit with veil and gloves are required to attend class.
Closed shoes/boots are required.
Bring bottled water.
Bring your own labeled tools, smoker, and smoker fuel  for a chance to receive more hands-on learning opportunities.

NEED SUPPLIES? Our store is located at 10538 Topanga Cyn, and it will open at 8am in case you need to purchase any last minute supplies.

REFRESHMENTS!
You are invited back to our Topanga location for refreshments and will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your personal hive. 

If you have any last minute questions or concerns, you can contact The Valley Hive at (818) 280-6500 or via email at info@thevalleyhive.com. 

See you in class!
The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association
The Valley Hive

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - #3: Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive Apiary Location

Join The Valley Hive & The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association for Beekeeping 101 class #3.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!!

Our 3rd class will meet at our bee yard located at 9633 Baden Avenue at 9am this Sunday. This is in a residential neighborhood on a horse property. Please be respectful of our neighbors. Parking is available inside the gate.

The bee yard is located off a dirt road; a short walk up a hill from the parking lot. 

You must wear protective clothing, as we will be opening hives during this class. High Top shoes are suggested. 

Make sure to bring water; it may be hot!

Our store, located at 10538 Topanga Cyn, will open at 8am in case you need to purchase any last minute supplies.

Join us after class at our Topanga location for refreshments and the opportunity to talk to other beekeepers in your community. 

If you have any last minute questions or concerns, you can contact The Valley Hive at (818) 280-6500 or via email at info@thevalleyhive.com

For more information, check out our LACBA Beekeeping Class 101.

Bees For Sale

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

Bare Bees Honey: email: kevin.heydman@gmail.com

Bill's Bees: https://billsbees.com/collections/bees

Holly Hawk: 626-807-0572

The Valley Hive: https://www.thevalleyhive.com/bee.html

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - #2

A special thank you goes out to all the volunteers who came out to lend a hand today at the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping 101 Class - Class #2 at The Valley Hive.

Frame building - Nick Maggiore (Photo: The Valley Hive)

Jon Reese, Clyde Steese, Merrill Kruger, Juan Ruvalcaba at the box building station. (Photo: The Valley Hive)Merrill Kruger does some heavy lifting. (Photo: The Valley Hive)

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - #2: March 18, 2018, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 - Class #2 is Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 9:00AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive location: 10538 Topanga Canyon, Chatsworth, CA. The location for the rest of the classes TBD. You can register at the class.

The topics for this Sunday's class are: box building and how to install a package.

If the event is cancelled this Sunday due to rain, we will let you know on this website and our LACBA Facebook pageThe Valley Hive will also send an email to those on the customer list and they will make an announcement on social media as well (The Valley Hive Facebook page).

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

Beekeeping Class 101 is the entire session of beekeeping classes:
 from February through October 2018 (No class in September). We suggest you begin in February and continue through all the classes.  You are welcome to come in the middle of the season of classes, but  you will have missed out on valuable information.

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

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - #2: March 18, 2018, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 - Class #2 is Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 9:00AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive.

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. You can register at the class.

Beekeeping 101 is the entire session of beekeeping classes: from 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.

The Valley Hive's Startup Guide

The Valley Hive’s Startup Guide

Located in the northwest San Fernando Valley, The Valley Hive specializes in helping urban beekeepers start and maintain backyard hives safely in the greater Los Angeles area. 

Packaged bees are now for sale on their website featuring Italian bees with Minnesota Hygienics, a strain that has shown to be increasingly resistant to varroa mites. These packages will be available for pickup in early April but they are selling out fast, so be sure to reserve yours bees now at www.thevalleyhive.com.

Below are 5 tips to help ensure success with your first backyard hive:

Bee Educated: The Valley Hive hosts the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping 101 classes. Classes are FREE FOR ALL MEMBERS!  Come and meet new and veteran beekeepers in your area, and learn directly from them what works. This will include getting into the hives at the Valley Hive bee yard in Chatsworth.

Location, Location, Location: Hive placement on your property is important for you, any pets, your children, and the bees themselves. Per Los Angeles City Beekeeping Ordinance, the hive should not be in the front yard, the entrance should face away from, or parallel to, the nearest adjacent lot, and be a minimum of 20 feet away from public streets.  The hive boxes can become quite heavy when laden with honey so keep the colonies off roofs and hills. You can also have one of the beekeepers from The Valley Hive also offers FREE site surveys to determine the best location for your backyard hive.

H2O: Water - it’s good for you, and it’s good for your bees.  Before setting up a colony, make sure your water station is in place so your bees gather what they need from your yard and not from your neighbor’s pool.  There are many ways to do this; some are simple like a half barrel of water with water hyacinths to more elaborate fountains or birdbaths.  The bees like to fly a bit to get their water, so place their watering hole 20 feet away from the hive and in the direct sun where the bees are more likely to find it.  

    


Keep Nice Bees, Not Mean Bees:
  The buzz term for nice bees is “known genetics,” and that is what you want in an urban setting – Italian or Carniolan bees, received from a reputable distributor. The Valley Hive or Bill’s Bees, will have genetics renowned for gentleness.  Feral colonies can be dangerous to keep in the city with neighbors close by, so for safety, be sure to keep the “sweet” variety of bees in your backyard. 

Register Your New Apiary: To make it official, you must register your bee yard with Los Angeles County Dept. of Agriculture. You can download the form HERE. Registration is $20 a year, and it is meant to protect your bees in case there is a reported pesticide spraying nearby.  You may be given 24 hours’ notice to move your bees or to screen them in so they aren’t exposed to the application. 

One of the best ways to fully appreciate all that beekeeping has to offer, is to get involved with the local beekeeping community and take advantage of the amazing educational and community resources LACBA has to offer. This 5,000 year old craft is full of surprises.  Come to the monthly meetings, share your new knowledge with your family and friends, and know The Valley Hive is here to support you with the products and friendly service every step of the way.

Happy Buzzings!! 

The Valley Hive Grand Opening Celebration - Honey & Recipe Contest


Grand Opening Celebration

Join us on Sunday, August 27th to celebrate the grand opening of our new location at 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd in Chatsworth. In honor of National Honeybee Day, we will also be hosting our Annual Honey & Recipe Contest.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/892262614244944/?ti=icl

 

Busy Week for LACBA Members!!!

Los Angeles County Beekeeping Class 101, Class #5, June 10, 2017, 9AM-Noon, hosted at The Valley Hive. Location: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA, 93063, (818) 260-6500. Bee Suits Required.
https://www.facebook.com/events/109590989583958/?ti=icl

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6th Annual 2017 California Honey Harvest Festival & BBQ Championship, Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:00AM-5PM  Central Park in Downtown Fillmore, CA. LACBA members/beekeepers ride the rails from the park to Bennet's Honey Farm, sharing information, education, and bee stories along the way. Maybe you've only had a couple beekeeping classes and might not think you know much about bees -- you'd be surprised how much you learn in the doing and, you don't need to be an experienced beekeeper to help out at our Honey Bee Table. GREAT FUN!
Learn more: /events/, http://www.bennetthoney.com/BHF-Events.html

The Valley Hive Celebrates National Honeybee Day

The Valley Hive - 1st Honey Tasting and Recipe Contest in Celebration of National Honeybee Day.

When: Saturday, August 20th 4-7pm  

Where: The West End Tavern
21356 Devonshire Street
Chatsworth, CA 



Our friends at The West End Tavern in Chatsworth have generously offered their location for this event. Beatrice, the bartender extraordinaire, will be on hand to make her amazing Honey Cocktail creations. 

WHAT: Beekeepers from the Los Angeles area will have an opportunity to showcase their Backyard Honey. Each entry will be judged by our panel of Honey Experts from all over Southern California. After a winner is chosen, the honey will be available for public tasting.

 Why: It’s National Honeybee Day and that’s something to celebrate!

Guidelines to Enter: Is your honey the best in town? Do you have a favorite honey recipe? Entering our contest couldn’t be easier!!

1. Fill out the form

2. We need two 1 pound jars of your honey: one in an unmarked jar for the contest; the other jar should be labeled, and will be sold at the event. All proceeds will be donated to a charity dedicated to helping to Save the Buzz!  

3. Bring your honey to The Valley Hive or bring it to The West End Tavern by 3:30pm on August 20th. Be sure to fill out the form above so that we know to include your honey in the competition!

4. If you are entering a honey recipe, simply let us know what you are making and bring it to The West End Tavern by 3:30pm on August 20th.

 The Valley Hive Shipping Address is: 9633 Baden Avenue, Chatsworth, California 91311

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The Valley Hive is Hosting National Honeybee Day Honey Tasting & Recipe Contest

The Valley Hive is hosting a Honey Tasting and Recipe Contest in celebration of National Honeybee Day. We hope that you can join us at The West End Tavern on Saturday, August 20th


WHAT: Beekeepers from the Los Angeles area will have an opportunity to showcase their Backyard Honey. Each entry will be judged by our panel of Honey Experts from all over Southern California. After a winner is chosen, the honey will be available for public tasting.
 
Where: Our friends at The West End Tavern in Chatsworth have generously offered their location for this event. Beatrice, the bartender extraordinaire, will be on hand to make her Honey Cocktail creations. The address is: 21356 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth
 
When: Saturday, August 20th from 4-7pm
 
Why: It’s National Honeybee Day and that’s something to celebrate!
 
Guidelines to Enter: Is your honey the best in town? Do you have a favorite honey recipe? Entering our contest couldn’t be easier!! 

  1. fill out the form
  2. We need two 1 pound jars of your honey: one in an unmarked jar for the contest; the other jar should be labeled, and will be sold at the event. All proceeds will be donated to a charity dedicated to helping to Save the Buzz!  
  3. Bring your honey to The Valley Hive or you can ship it to us, if you prefer. You can also bring it to the next LACBA meeting on Monday, August 1st. Deadline to enter is August 18th.
  4. If you are entering a honey recipe, simply let know what you are making and bring it to The West End Tavern by 3:30pm on August 20th.

Our Shipping Address is:
9633 Baden Avenue, Chatsworth, California 91311

Celebrate National Honeybee Day at The Valley Hive! - Honey Contest!!!

Our first ever Honey Tasting Event will be held on
Saturday, August 20th....National Honeybee Day!!
Time TBA. Stay tuned for more details. Save the date!!!
http://thevalleyhive.com/

For more info on National Honeybee Day:
http://www.nationalhoneybeeday.com/