Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Long Beach Honey at the Spring Street Farm Stand

You can now find Long Beach backyard and rescue honey at the Spring Street Farm Stand.  They are open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-5pm.  You can find the stand at the North East corner of the Spring and Long Beach Blvd intersection.  The honey is brought to you by our own Long Beach Beekeepers.  The current Bixby Hills honey is brought to you by Dick.  Here's the story behind the wonderful raw and spectacular honey...

This batch of honey came from a cutout I did in August on a derelict backyard dresser on Circle Drive in Bixby Knolls. The homeowner said the bees had only been there about two months. Well, as is usually the case, he underestimated. The colony was in a space that was 18 inches by 18 inches and 24 inches deep. And it was solid comb, a lot of it very dark. Had to be a year-old hive.
The homeowner was a great guy and he loved smoking a cigar and watching the bees, but his family objected and he called our rescue line. So as he sat on the patio and enjoyed a cigar, I cut out comb, tied it into frames, scooped and vac’d bees and made a little nuc. Not much brood comb. Tons of honey. Very sweet bees. No stings. A successful rescue.

-- Dick

You can also find flavored honey for just 25 cents each.  Try a bunch of flavors for just a dollar.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Support Long Beach Beekeeping and Urban Agriculture

The Long Beach Environmental Committee is hearing recommendations for change to the city ordinances related to the keeping of bees, chickens and goats.  They last met 11/27/2012 and city staff were requested to present in the first quarter of 2013 draft ordinance changes.  There was a potential survey presented by staff but that has been post-poned until the draft ordinances are presented.

Here is the review in the LB report.  LB Report about city meeting.

The fifth district council member, Gerrie Schipske, has put out an online survey to get a feel for what people think about the proposed changes.  Here is what staff has proposed at the summer meeting.

City of Long Beach

Current and proposed policies on the keeping of backyard chickens, goats and bees [source: City of LB website]


  • Up to 20 may be kept at least 50 feet from 1 and 2 family residences or 100 feet from multi-family (3+) residences or hotels
  • 1 chicken may be kept as pet at least 20 feet from any dwelling
  • Up to 4 may be kept without required distance from neighboring residence
  • 5 to 10 may be kept at least 25 feet from neighboring residence
  • 11 to 20 may be kept at least 50 feet from neighboring residence
  • 5 or more must obtain one-time permit from Animal Care Services
  • No more than 1 may be kept at least 100 feet from neighboring residences
  • May not be kept south of Anaheim Street
  • 2 female pygmy goats (only) may be kept without required distance from neighboring residences
  • Must be licensed annually by Animal Care Services
  • Milk products produced are for personal consumption only
  • Hives must be kept at least 100 feet from neighboring residences and public ways (streets and alleys).
  • Must be kept 10 feet above ground
  • Up to 5 hives may be kept at least 5 feet from property line
  • If a hive is less than 15 feet from a property line, a flyway barrier of at least 6 feet high must be maintained around the hive
  • Hives must be registered with Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture