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

Alameda County Beekeepers Association

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October Meeting

Next CCBA meeting is scheduled for:
Monday, Oct, 16; 6:15-8 p.m.
Oak Creek Commons, 635 Nicklaus Dr., Paso Robles

6:15-6:30 Networking
6:30-7:00 Club business
7:00-8:00 Practicum: Making Beeswax Products (as gifts)
led by Sue Hulsman and Summer Van Beurden



Better Beekeeping in the Bay Area
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703
$60 for ACBA members | $70 for non-members | box lunch included
For speaker bios and to register visit
Join us for a day of presentations and a mead tasting
Beekeepers of all skill levels are invited to attend! Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally
The Whole Bee Concept and Selective Breeding
Noah Wilson-Rich, TED Talk speaker and author of The Bee: A Natural History HoneyDNA Testing and Habitat Diversity
David Teckam, brewer, mead-maker, beer and mead judge
Making Fabulous Mead
Joseph Sullivan, beekeeper and Certified Wildlife Biologist
Pesticide Identification in Urban Nectar and Pollen Samples
Jonathan Zamick, ACBA Swarm Hotline
Efficient, Fair, Community-Friendly Swarm Hotline Implementation
(510) 407-1146 | |

September meeting

Next CCBA meeting is scheduled for:
Monday, Sept. 18, 6:15-8 p.m.
Oak Creek Commons, 635 Nicklaus Dr., Paso Robles

6:15-6:30 Networking
6:30-7:30 Practicum: plants for bees (includes plant tour and potting up plants)
Led by Sue Hulsman, John Chesnut, Anna Rempel
7:30-8:00 Club business

August meeting

Next CCBA meeting is scheduled for Monday Aug. 21, 6:15-8 p.m., at the SLO Guild, 2880 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.

6:15-6:30 Networking
6:30-7:30 Practicum: panel discussion on varroa
7:30-8:00 Club business

Please bring $1 donation for room rental.

July Apiary Visit

Central Coast Beekeepers’ Alliance Meeting
Monday, July 17, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm
510 West Ormonde Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA

6:00 – 7:30 Apiary Visit – lead by John Hupp
7:30 – 8:00 Club Business

Please bring protective clothing. The meeting will be held outside, so please bring a chair and warm clothing.
John Chesnut is donating a starter colony, one box with bees. Raffle tickets will be for sale, $5 each. Drawing will be at the August meeting.
Take Hwy 227 south of SLO, turn right onto Price Canyon Rd., left onto West Ormonde Rd.

June meeting

CCBA Monthly Meeting

Monday, June 12, 6:00-8:00

Apiary visit with John Hupp. Bring protective clothing and a chair.

From SLO take Hwy. 227, to Price Canyon Road west; at .3 mile take first right, immediately after railroad tracks, onto Corral de Piedra. Road turns to gravel after .2 miles. Continue to parking at a turn-around. The property is along the railroad tracks with a shed and a big gate into the property where the bees are. I will have a few signs up.
From Pismo take Price Canyon Rd, turn left before the railroad tracks, onto Corral de Piedra.