Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Beginning Beekeeping Class Session 2

Even if you missed the first class you are welcome to attend Session 2.  Just let us know to expect you.

South 40 Community Garden
Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping
A beehive is a wonderful addition to any garden to improve pollination and add energy to your backyard space. Come and join us at the Long Beach Organic South 40 Community Garden for a beginning class about how you can get started and what you can do to support urban beekeeping. 

Classes are free*Donations to Long Beach Organic are welcomed.

June 15, 2013. 9-11AM

Session 1:
Bee friendly environment
Life cycle of a bee
Beekeeping Equipment
Introducing the bees to their new home

June 29, 2013. 9-11AM

Session 2:
Management of bees/hive for an urban environment
What can go wrong?
Harvesting, processing and storage of honey

*Bring your own bee suit or we can supply a few of them, courtesy of…HoneyLove

Long Beach Organic
South 40 Garden
2813 South Street
Long Beach, CA 90805
Reserve your spot and a suit if necessary:
Luis Sanchez

Sunday, June 16, 2013

South 40 Community Garden Gets Their Bees

We just had our first beginners beekeeping class at Long Beach Organic's South 40 Community Garden.  The turn out was great with 20 people coming for the two hour class that ran three hours!  See below for the class information.  I brought the swarm from California Heights and they sat on the table while we discussed beekeeping.  Luis discussed the what makes a bee friendly environment and life cycle.

There were a lot of questions and comments, of course, when we got to city codes and misconceptions.  But the real fun started when everyone put on their Honeylove beesuits for the transfer of the swarm to the new hive.

The bees were so sweet, I hadn't even taped up the box.  When we opened the nuc there were two small groups of bees and then I turned the box over to "dump" the bees into the hive.

The interesting part was that they were still in two groups.  We discussed that the bees would be surrounding the queen and we could see some fanning.  It was great was someone in the class (she wasn't really a beginner and already had her own suit) saw the queen in one of the clumps of bees and then we saw a second queen in the other clump!

Can you find the queen?

It made sense and there were definitely two different queens, one a little darker than the other.  We nudged them both between the frames and eventually the rest followed.

It will be very interesting when we do the inspection in a couple of weeks at the second session of our beginners beekeeping class.  I sure hope both queens stay and if not all of them, at least one queen and some workers.

We'll also be setting up monthly mentoring classes so please stay tuned for those dates.  And if you are interested in becoming a member of LongBeach Organic, and want your own plot, check out the website for more information.  There are still plots available and one is near the bees.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

California Heights in Long Beach Saves Bees

Jim first noticed a small docile swarm of bees in his wife's Japanese maple tree a few days ago.  They were there minding their own business and he thought that they would be perfect for a beekeeper's hive.  He searched the web and the first call he made was to a person who said for $150 he could come and kill them.  Aghhh!!!  Not what he was looking for.  He then came across Henry who forwarded the info to our club, the Long Beach Beekeepers.  In no time we came to the rescue.  I came after work and Jim and his wife were sitting on their front porch. They were so nice and welcoming.   And they didn't even know I was the bee person at first!

He showed me the cute group of bees, just the size of a tiny melon resting in the tree, content to be in their beautiful front yard.  They had already started building some comb but were ready to move into the little nuc that I had.  They'll be part of our beginning beekeeping class today.  If you are interested in learning beekeeping, we'll have these classes at least twice a year and will be working on a monthly mentoring session.  Look out for more details.  Thank-you, Jim, for calling us.