July meeting cancelled

Club elections this month

Posted on July 9, 2020 by Sandy Honigsberg

We had hoped to have a club meeting and honey extraction workshop this month, but due to the uptake in Covid cases here in El Dorado County the board has decided to cancel. Unfortunately, we were not able to secure a speaker on short notice. We do have speakers planned for August and September and […]

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Sunday, June 14

We're back and Zooming! What's next? Varroa Wars!

Posted on June 11, 2020 by Sandy Honigsberg

Join us this Sunday as club member Jim Guilliams reviews battle plans against bee-enemy #1: Varroa destructor! Learn about the mite's life cycle, tools to monitor mite loads and ways to effectively attack and persevere over this shifty mite. We'll also be hosting a question and answer session after Jim's presentation. Sunday's meeting will be […]

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Friday, May 1

Nuc pick up

Posted on April 23, 2020 by Sandy Honigsberg

We've received the call that nucs will soon be ready! Pick ups will be held Friday, May 1 between 7:00 - 9:00 am, at Bluestone Meadow Lavender Farm, 2025 Carson Rd, Placerville. This year to keep our club colony safe, we'll be like the bees and practice social immunity. To keep our distance we'll be having […]

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Saturday, April 4

Packaged bees are here

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Sandy Honigsberg

Packaged bees arrive Saturday, rain or shine. This year to keep our club colony safe, we'll be like the bees and practice social immunity. To keep our distance we'll be having a drive thru package pick up. When you arrive, please pull in line and kindly remain in your car. Once checked in, you'll proceed […]

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Sunday, March 8

Spring has sprung

Posted on March 5, 2020 by Sandy Honigsberg

This Sunday we welcome back Randy Oliver. He will be updating us on his current research projects, queen breeding program and mite treatments. If you haven't heard Randy speak before, you won't want to miss it. Are you set for bees? If not, you'll want to order soon before we sell out. As of this […]

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Sunday, February 9

Stand and keep watch

Posted on February 6, 2020 by Sandy Honigsberg

Join us this Sunday as we welcome John Miller of Miller Honey Farms, Inc. John will be talking about national bee research and advocacy, and how hobbyist beekeepers can participate in research to help bees. John is a "sort of" retired 4th generation beekeeper of Miller Honey Farms, which operates in Newcastle, CA, and Gackle, […]

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2020 Kick Off Meeting

Another bee season is upon us!

Posted on December 5, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

Join us this Sunday for our 2020 kick off meeting. We start the year by welcoming Dw Schoenthal from BlueGreenHorizon Bee Rescue. Dw's talk, "Early never hurts and Late never works!" will discuss prepping for swarms, traps and other historical methods. Many members may be familiar with Dw from Facebook where he's a regular contributor. […]

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Happy Holidays and Bees on Earth!

Posted on December 3, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

We had a great time at the parade. Thanks to all who came out. Just a reminder, there will be no potluck or club meeting as was listed in the calendar. We are currently updating our website which will soon be ready for 2020 membership, class sign ups, as well as bee orders. Members will […]

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November 10 General Meeting

Registering your bees. What's the scoop?

Posted on November 8, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

This month we welcome back LeeAnne Mila from the El Dorado County Department of Agriculture. She will be speaking about current California requirements for hive registration, as well as fielding questions about local ordinances. Recently, there's been many questions regarding communities who have beekeeping restrictions beyond the county ordinance, here's your chance to get your […]

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October 13 General Meeting

Show off your honey!

Posted on October 12, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

We thought it would be fun to have a 'honey tasting' at this month's meeting. We'll supply the sample cups and tasting sticks –– you bring the honey!  We'll also have a refractometer to check moisture content. If you bottle your honey for resale, bring in your finished product. We'd love to see all the […]

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September 8 General Meeting

Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

Posted on September 6, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

Curious about Top Bar Hives? Join us this month as club member Chuck Jachens discusses the management techniques and construction of top bar hives. Chuck will also be comparing the differences and similarities to Langstroth hives. For the second half of our meeting we'll be discussing what's going on in your hives during autumn and […]

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You're invited

Summer social, Aug 17, RSVP today!

Posted on August 5, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

Saturday, August 174:00 pm$10/personBluestone Meadow, PlacervilleRSVP today Our annual summer social is right around the corner, with John and Carolyn Havicon hosting at their beautiful Bluestone Meadow venue. Enjoy an evening of music by the Quartz Mountain Ramblers, delicious Mexican fare, drinks, dessert and great company! To sign up, click the 'Summer Social RSVP' button […]

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July 14 General Meeting

Learn about solitary bees

Posted on July 10, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

This month we welcome entomologist Steve Peterson, who has been managing and conducting research on solitary bees for over 20 years. Steve will give an in depth talk on the life cycle, nesting materials and management steps of these bees. He is currently managing a population of blue orchard bees (aka orchard mason bees). We’ll […]

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June 9 General Meeting

California Master Beekeeper Program

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

This month we welcome club member Wendy Mather from the UC Davis Extension, California Master Beekeeper Program. Now in its fourth year, Wendy will be talking about what the program entails, how to enroll, its current progress and future goals. We’ll also be holding our raffle. All re-gifted, gently used or plant donations are greatly […]

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May 12 General Meeting

Breeding, mite drift & citizen science

Posted on May 10, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

This month we welcome back Randy Oliver. For the past couple of years Randy has been working on breeding for mite resistant bees. He'll explain the process, what's involved and update us on his current progress. Last fall, Randy also conducted research on mite drift. He'll share what he's learned so far and explain his […]

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Are you ready? Packaged bees are coming.

Package pick up Sunday, April 7, 1 – 3 pm

Posted on March 31, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

Packaged bees will be available for pick up this Sunday, April 7 between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at BlueStone Meadow Farm, 2025 Carson Road, Placerville. Starting at 1:15 we will be demonstrating how to install a package into a top bar hive and at 1:45 and 2:15 be demonstrating installation into a Langstroth hive. If […]

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Sunday general meeting

Randy Oliver on spring management

Posted on March 5, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

This month we welcome back local biologist and beekeeper Randy Oliver. He'll be speaking on springtime in the apiary. You won't want to miss out on his recommendations for growing your colonies and honing your spring management skills. For the second half of our meeting club member Paul Watkins will be demonstrating our very cool, […]

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Possible SNOW DAY!

Club meeting may be cancelled

Posted on January 20, 2019 by Sandy Honigsberg

We should know by noon Sunday if the Senior Center will be open. If the meeting is cancelled, we will email all members, as well as post on Facebook and our website. This month we welcome Kit Veerkamp from the El Dorado Master Gardeners who will be speaking to us on planting for pollinators. As […]

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Big Change for 2019

New meeting day

Posted on December 4, 2018 by Sandy Honigsberg

Our regular meeting day has been moved to the second Sunday of the month. This was by far the most popular choice from our survey of club members. The earlier day now allows us to hold meetings all 12 months of the year. The survey also provided board members with a range of topics that […]

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