El Dorado Beekeepers

  • pollen laden bees
  • children viewing bees in observation hive
  • swarm cells
  • uncapping honey frame
  • Beginners with Bees class participants

Kit Veerkamp UCCE Master Gardener will be our May speaker.

Join us at our monthly meeting Sunday May 19th (note the date change) 4-6 pm.  

Cameron Park Community Center  |  2502 Country Club Lane  |  Cameron Park

Kit Veerkamp is a retired Landscape Architect with over 40 years of experience in landscape design and construction in the greater Sacramento region.  Her career included many things such as habitat restoration and land planning.  She continues to use her experience and skills with the boards of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and with local and county Fire Safe Councils.  Kit, a UCCE Master Gardener, gives talks on many topics related to landscaping and gardening, including gardening with natives, homegrown habitat, fire-resilient landscaping, regenerative landscaping, edible gardening, supporting garden allies (pollinators and beneficial insects) and other related topics.

Nucleus colony (Nucs) sales cutoff approaching!

EDB only has 18 nucleus colonies (Nucs) left.  We are anticipating a May 3rd delivery date with customer pickup on May 4th.  Once these 18 are gone, we will close sales.  Don't wait until the last minute to order yours.  For more information about our Nucs see our bee sales page.  This date is affected by weather and is a projected date.  Once the producer is ready, we will notify purchasers.

Want to enter your honey in the El Dorado County Fair?

To find entry information go to the Entry Guide.  Once there, click on the "Still Exhibits" button.  Scroll down to "Food Items" and select Canning & Dried Foods.  All the information necessary to complete the entry form is in this Canning and Dried Foods pdf.  The division is Division 270 "Gourmet".  Class #4 - Honey, Class #5 - Honeycomb, and Class #6 - Flavored Honey

When you are ready to enter, scroll to the bottom of the Entry Guide page and select “Still Exhibits Registration”.  You may fill out the form and deliver it to the fairground’s office along with fees or follow the instructions on the entry page to upload and pay for the entry.  The forms deadline is Wednesday, May 22nd.

Remember to register your hives!

To register, visit our Resources page and click on the "register your hives" button in the lefthand sidebar to register with BeeWhere, the statewide website for hive registration. This is a yearly requirement for all beekeepers, plus the fee has been waived for El Dorado County beekeepers. BeeWhere is a great resource, bringing beekeepers and pesticide applicators together to protect bees.

EDB apiary open days.

Our club apiary re-opened in April.

EDB Apiary 6699 Campus Drive Placerville CA

We will start opening up the apiary and hives on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month beginning in April.  There is already lots of spring activity in the club hives! Look for opening times on our Facebook page as the weather is still fairly variable.

Operator ID number.

An Operator ID is required to purchase ALL Varroa miticides. California is enforcing a law requiring proof of an Operator ID # for all miticides like FormicPro, MAQS, Apiguard, HopGuard and Apivar, regardless of quantity. Mann Lake and Dadant won't sell to you without it. No fee is required to get the number.  An Operator ID must be renewed yearly, it expires December 31st each year.  Act now!

Step 1
Call El Dorado County Department Ag.

Step 2
Tell staff that you are a beekeeper applying for the first time or renewing whichever is applicable to you.

Step 3
Make appointment
The County is required to read information and review the process with you in person.

Call today. Don't let your mites go untreated!

Questions about your bees? Try our Facebook group!

If you can't figure out what the heck's going on in that hive, ask our Facebook group, where club members post questions, answers, and many opinions. You can also post photos of your beekeeping successes!

Hungry bees?

It's a good idea to have pollen patties on hand, so you have them when necessary. The club has pollen patties for sale, $4 each. Placerville area, contact John Havicon at 916.996.8371, or for the Cameron Park area, contact Bernie Ruzicka at 916.719.6708. They are also available at our club meetings.

Join us for the next meeting, Sunday, May 19th, 4-6 at Cameron Park Community Center, Social Room.

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