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September CCBA 2018 Meeting

CCBA monthly meeting, Monday, Sept. 17, Oak Creek Commons, 635 Nicklaus St., Paso Robles
6:15 – Networking
6:30 – Practicum: Fall Management (yellow jackets, robbing, and ants): by John Chesnut
7:30 – Club business
It’s time to think about a new leadership team: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary. Please consider who you might nominate, including yourself. New team to be named at November meeting.

CCBA August Meeting – August 20

CCBA monthly meeting, Monday, August 20, SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St. San Luis Obispo.
6:15 – Networking
6:30 – Practicum: Mites presented by John Chesnut
7:30 – Club business
It’s not too early to be thinking about a new leadership team: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary… Some team members may wish to continue.  Please consider who you might nominate, including yourself.


CCBA July meeting, Monday, July 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m. This is an apiary visit, lead by John Hupp, hosted by Robin Gable at SLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte Rd., San Luis Obispo
Exit Hwy 101, west onto San Luis Bay Dr. Take first left onto Monte Rd.
Bring protective gear, water, and a chair.
See you there.

CCBA JUNE Apiary visit

CCBA June meeting
Apiary visit hosted by Lena Thompson, lead by Summer van Buerden.
7450 Vernalis Rd., Atascadero. Last house on the left on dead end road. Please drive very slowly.
Please bring protective clothing and a portable chair.

May 2018 meeting

CCBA monthly meeting.

Apiary visit hosted by Kathy Longacre, 6440 Corral de Piedra, San Luis Obispo. Bring protective clothing and a chair.

From SLO take Hwy. 227, to Price Canyon Road west. Take first right, immediately after railroad tracks, at .3 miles, onto Corral de Piedra. Continue on gravel road to parking at a turn-around. The property is along the railroad tracks with a shed and a big gate into the property.
From Pismo take Price Canyon Rd, turn left before the railroad tracks, onto Corral de Piedra.

April meeting -2018

CCBA monthly meeting, Monday, April 16.
6:15 Networking
6:30 Practicum – Hive Splits by Dr. Gordon Wardell
7:30 Club Business

We are celebrating our 4th anniversary. Bring a potluck dish to share.

Beginner Beekeeping Class

Beginner Beekeeping Class
Saturday, March 24, 1-3 p.m. Oak Creek Commons 635 Nicklaus St.
Paso Robles
Led by Erin Holden: We’ll discuss the basics of keeping bees; hive design and equipment, procuring bees, bee hierarchy, honey harvest and pest management.
To pre-register, text Erin at: 805-720-5992
Fee: $20 for CCBA club members. Will accept venmo. $15 club dues for 2018 – cash only please.

March meeting

CCBA monthly meeting, Monday, March. 19, SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St. San Luis Obispo.

6:15 – Networking
6:30 – Guest speaker: Gordon Wardell is making a presentation on bee nutrition.
7:30 – Club business

We are offering a beginning beekeeping class on March 24, led by Erin Holden. See attached flyer for details.

January 2018 Meeting

Happy Bee Year!


Next CCBA meeting is scheduled for:
Monday, Jan 226:15-8:00 p.m.
Oak Creek Commons, 635 Nicklaus Dr., Paso Robles
6:15-6:30 Networking
6:30-8:00 Club business
Annual dues – $15 – due in January

October beekeeping thoughts

CCBA website:

I lifted this from October 2016 minutes:

Practicum: John Chesnut – What’s going on this month
• This point in October is peak mortality period. If a hive makes it to thanksgiving, it will probably make it to spring, October and November are months with most risk for hive failure
• In South County – commercial hives are brought in this time of year (to get them out of the tule fog in the valley and get hives strong by Feb 1), these bees can do a lot of robbing of hobby hives
• We’re just at the cusp of the start of winter bloom
• In Chorro Valley, German ivy is budded and should open soon with these rains.
Blue gum
• Fro the next month (or until late November), can feed heavy sugar syrup – 2 parts
sugar to 1 part water. To make fill with sugar, then fill with water until dissolves,
then continue to fill back to original level of sugar.
• Sugar will mold less quickly if vitamin C (grind vitamin C pills, or get powdered
citric acid used for canning) is added to the sugar syrup. Add 1 TSP to a gallon. This works as a catalyst to invert sugars. pH is lowered, so inverting prevents molding.
• Once temp drops to 40 degrees, bees will no longer take sugar effectively because it cools the hive too much. Feed they will take in winter is “sub” patties or fondant
• John C did his hive splits at the end of February last year and had a lot of queen mortality, so this year he will start splitting in mid-March