Classes

Classes vary from month to month and include discussions and suiting up to inspect our hive.  You can also follow what we are doing in the classes through the blog.

First Saturday of the month at 8am but schedule varies due to other activities and conflicts so check here for up to date information.  Hosted by the Long Beach Organic South 40 Community Garden
2813 South Street, Long Beach, CA

What you need to do:
  1. If you have a suit and gloves, please bring them.  If you have an extra bring it along in case someone needs one.
  2. We have suits to share to but some are half suits so wear thick fabric pants like jeans.
  3. Wear long socks, the thicker the better, as ankles are easily stung.
  4. Wear boots if possible, again to protect those tender ankles.
  5. Long sleeves can help or a hoodie to give a second layer.
  6. Eat and hydrate before coming.  It can be warm and we don't want anyone hypoglycemic or dehydrated.
  7. Bring a camera or phone for beekeeping selfies and memories.
  8. You might be photographed and pictures can be posted to the blog so please notify us if you don't want to be in pictures.  We can accommodate that.
Schedule and Class Information:

September 2, 2017 8am: Hive inspection.

August 5, 2017 8am: Hive inspection. We did a mite count using the sugar method. We found a total of 3.

July 1, 2017 8am: Hive inspection.

June 3, 2017 8am: Hive inspection. Terri will be running our class. Roberta is out so there will only be a couple extra suits. Arrive early if you would like to claim a suit for the class.

May 6, 2017 8am: Sat morning upate. It's looking overcast.  I'll be there but if it starts to rain, I'll take off early.  Unfortunately I just found out that rain is forecast for Saturday morning.  Unfortunately we don't have cover so we will need to cancel.  I'll change the post and have class if the forecast changes. Your questions. Intro to equipment for beginners. Hive inspection.

April 1, 2017 8am: Your questions. Intro to equipment for beginners. If everyone arrives on time we could go into the hive but we need to be out by 8:30am as we are lucky to have the Grow LA Gardening Class at 9am. If you are interested feel free to stay. It's a 4 week course. $15 a class material fees for the Gardening class.

March 4, 2017 8am: Hive inspection.

February 4, 2017 8am: Hive discussion and depending on how cold it is we will be doing a hive inspection. This class will be followed by a chicken class if you would like to stay.

December and January CANCELLED : Weather has cooled and we don't want to cool the hives by doing the inspections. 

November 5, 2016 8am:  Hive inspection. Preparation for winter. Watch out for a chicken class that will likely follow.

October 1, 2016 8am:  Hive inspection. Preparation for winter. Followed at 9am with a chicken class about the costs of chickens if you want to stay for that class too.

September 3, 2016 8am:  Hive inspection. Get class with many new beekeepers! Thank you to everyone who came.

August 6, 2016 8am:  Hive hygiene including clearing area around the hive and powered sugar varroa count. Hive inspection.

July 2, 2016 8am:  Hive inspection.

June 4, 2016 8am:  We'll put together some frames and hive inspection.

May 14, 2016 8am:  Hive inspection.  We have more suits, gloves if you want to participate. We will end right at 9am to make for the chicken class. You are welcome to come to both.

April 2, 2016 NO CLASS so, there will be a gardening class so we won't be having class, sorry.

March 5, 2016 8am:  Hive inspection. Note there is a chicken class at 9am following the bee class.

February 6, 2016 !!!!!!  9am !!!!!!!:  Note the time change.  With the cold weather we don't want to open the hives too early.  The cold will chill the brood and have a negative impact on colony health.  Someone will be there at 8am to answer questions, etc.

January 2, 2016 8am: It's cold so we will discuss basic, answer question but won't be opening the hive.

December 5, 2015 8am:  Hive inspection of the hive.

November 7, 2015 8am:  Hive inspection of the hive.  Winterizing the hives.

October 3, 2015 8am:  Hive inspection of the hive.

September 5, 2015 8am:  Hive inspection of the hive.

August 1, 2015 8am:  Hive inspection of the hive.  Given the drought and recent rain, the focus will be nectar stores.  Honey harvest.

July 4, 2015 8am:  Hive inspection of the hive.

June 6, 2015 8am:  Hive inspection of the new hive.  Site preparation for the new hive and possible examination of the hollow tree branch hive that we will cutout in the future.

May 2, 2015 8am: Hive inspection of the new hive.  Inspection of what is left of the old hive.  Priority, clearing the area around the hives.  Plan for a project for the old hive that became queenless.  Previously the hive was started with a cutout which can be a fun project.  Another possibility is to add a swarm but that is less predictable.

April 4, 2015:  NO CLASS, will try to reschedule for the following Sat, stay tuned

March 7, 2015 8am:  Hive inspection to look for eggs.  What happened in the class:  no eggs found and fewer bees after the split.  There was about 1 frame of bees left so either the hive had become queenless and was the reason for the increased agitation of the hive or when we split it, the queen and eggs went with the split.  It was a walk away split (split in half   to minimize agitation of the hive with an inspection) so that is a possible outcome of this type of split.

Feb 7, 2015 8am: Hive inspection.  The hive might be booming so the plan will be to open up some space.  Class will end early so be prepared to have a quick look. I'll bring a frame out so we can view it later on.  Weather has warmed up but didn't get a chance to split so the hive will have a ton of bees.  Let us know if you want a split from this hive.  What happened in the class: We did a walk away split leaving the top with comb and some honey and the bottom which used to have brood.  The second box from the bottom was taken away as the walk away split.

January 2015: Canceled as the temperature will be too cold at 8am to open the hive safely.  Will consider a later date when it warms up.

Dec 6, 2014 8am: Hive inspection.  With the rains there has been a lot of activity so it will be interesting to see what they look like.  If it's really chilly we might not go to far into the hive but if it's booming we should dive in deep to see if they are crowded though i would probably wait till January or February to split the hive.

Nov 1, 2014 8am: We will check to see if there are still drones and look for the presence of new nectar and access the honey stores as winter approaches.

Oct 4, 2014 8am: Need to inspect the bottom box as we didn't get to it in Sept.  We'll likely need to pull up some frames and give them more room.  Update:  The bottom box looked good.  The second box needed some space so we moved 2 frames of brood up to the 3rd box to give them some space.  There were several frames of honey and nectar to we hope that they will keep bringing in nectar as they were still doing well with the dry weather.  There was no drone brood but drones still present.  We'll see how the winter goes.

Sept 6, 2014 8am: Another inspection.  It's hot so we might see very little nectar stores.  It's also a time that ants can invade hives.  We shall see.

August 2, 2014 8am:  Inspect the hive after reducing the hive by half to keep it smaller.  Start a photo inspection log where we will photograph the frames so we can keep better track of how the hive responds to our micro management.   Introduce Terri who will be keeping another hive in the plot space.  Misc upkeep of the plot.  Update from the July meeting:  The split was taken over by ants but hopefully it lured the ants from the main hive which we reduced in size.

July 5, 2014 8am:  Inspect the hive and split so reduce the size.  May add another deep so we can bring up some honey frames and make room for brood below.  Then we can inspect for queen cell product in the new hive.

June 7, 2014 8am:  Inspect the hive for queen cells and make room as the hive expands just before the summer lull.  There were 2 swarms in the garden last week and we're not sure if they came from a neighborhood hive.  It will be interesting to see.  We've seen a queen cell and queen cups so they could have made a queen in the time from the last inspection.  Visually the activity at the entrance is still strong.

May 3, 2014 8am:  Made room in the bottom box.  The hive looks like it's booming and we wanted to keep it on the smaller size.  Took a frame for the observation hive.  The bees were a little more easily irritated last inspection but this inspection they were calm and easy to work with.

April 2014: Moved frames up to the second box to give more room for brood.  Looking good with a good egg laying pattern.

March 1, 2014: Canceled due to likely rain.  I will try to reschedule the following Sat, March 8th at 8am but check her for updates.

February 1, 2014 8am:  Honey harvest, inspection and hive expansion.  The hive has started to take off.  There are a lot of new eggs and honey is still present.  We'll probably have a couple of frames to harvest.  We'll have a couple of extra suits so don't worry if you don't have one.  We'll figure it out.

January 4, 2014 10am:  It's the start of a new year of beekeeping.  We're starting later because it's chilly.  We may just take a look to see what's happening and not do too much to the hive other than inspect.  We'll be looking for honey stores and ensure that the bees have survived to chilly winter weather.

No Class December 7, 2013: It's raining off and on where I am and it's chilly enough that I don't want to inspect the hive.  I want to reschedule but it might be best to wait till mid January if it warms up.  I will update this page and will email out if I find a January weekend day that I can schedule.  Otherwise next class will be in February.

Right now I would expect decreased egg laying, tapering off of nectar and pollen.  It will be good to see what is in the hive in January so that we can catch the pick up of the hive as spring comes around th corner.

November 2, 2013: We did an introduction to equipment and an inspection of our hive for newbees.  We had more wonky comb and took some out but left some in to get capped for the winter.  In retrospect i should have brought some straight combs up to the top box since they weren't get the idea of it!

October 12, 2013, 2nd Saturday due to Oktoberfest happening the 1st Saturday:  Hive Inspection and will need to cutout the 3 full frames in the top deep box because there is cross comb.  We are looking to keep a hive that is fully inspectable in case the city wants to take a look.  Easier to show people how the hive is doing for teaching purposes.  We already did this in September to a few other frames with good success.

September 2013:  Hive Inspection showed newly drawn comb.  Recently added a deep box onto the existing deep.  Lots of reddish nectar and some capped honey.  Boxes were pyramided so that there were 3 full frames of brood at the top and 4 at the bottom.  


9 comments:

  1. Hello, my name is Kara. My boyfriend Nestor and I met Dick and Jacob at the last First Fridays event in Bixby Knolls, and they mentioned to us there is a class on the first Saturday of each month. Is there a class this Saturday, April 4th? If so, do we need to register or anything?

    We are new to beekeeping, with no prior experience or knowledge, but are very interested in learning.

    Please let me know what we should know. Thank you!

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  2. Kara, I enjoyed meeting you and Nestor.

    Generally you'll have good luck finding something, because club regulars bring extra protective clothing. To be sure, you can post to the Long Beach Beekeepers Yahoo! group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LBL_Beekeepers/conversations/messages). That's more like making a reservation! And be sure to follow the recommendations at the top of this page (heavy pants, boots, and so on).
    I don't know if I'll make it to the class, but if I do, I'll say hello!

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  3. Hi there,

    Is there a class for November 2015? I'd love to begin attending the workshops! Please email me at clcrensh@gmail.com to let me know when the next class is (i'm a newbie but am so excited to learn)

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  4. I'd like to attend 8 am Saturday Jan 2--NO COVERINGS do I own, however. Deichler@yahoo.com

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  5. Hi, my husband and I would like to attend the June 4th, 2016 beekeeping class. Do we need to register for the class? Thank you!

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  6. Pearl--
    Sorry, just scrolled down and saw your question. Still curious? There is no need to register! Just come by. There is usually extra protective clothing available, so that you can get fully involved. (I suppose that the earlier you arrive, the more true this is!)

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  7. Thanks Jacob! Unfortunately we couldn't make it to this Saturday's class, but we'll try to make it to the next one!

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