Bee class!

Upcoming Intermediate Beekeeping Course at Hancock College starts March 4th for four weeks.

Saturdays 9-12 room S-110 on the south end of campus. CRN 41917. Call Community Ed. Dept. for more info 805-922-6966.

Info via John Hupp

February 2017 Meeting

Monday, February 20, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Oak Creek Commons Great Room
635 Nicklaus Street, Paso Robles, CA

Please note time change.


6:15 – 6:30: Networking

6:30 – 6:45 Welcome / Introductions

6:45 – 7:45: Practicum: Catching Swarms by Sue Hulsmann

7:45 – 8:00: Club Business

Club annual dues for 2017 are still $10. Cash only.

Website –

Facebook –

January 2017 Meeting

Central Coast Beekeepers’ Alliance
Monday, January 16, 2017
Oak Creek Commons Great Room
635 Nicklaus Dr.
Paso Robles 93446

6:30 – 6:45: Networking
6:45 – 7:00: Welcome / Introductions
7:00 – 7:45: Practicum: Hive and Equipment by John Chestnut or David Maislen
7:45 – 8:30: Club Business

Club annual dues for 2017 are still $10. Cash only.

October Beekeepers Meeting

Minutes posted under About – Minutes

Next meeting: Monday, Oct 17, 6:30-8:30,
at 2569 Quail Lane, Los Osos.
Meg Henry is hosting. Quail Lane is a gravel road off Bayview Heights Dr., a left turn about 1 mile past the fire station.
Bring a chair. If weather is suitable, meeting will be held outside.

Agenda: Golden Oak Honey Festival and year end wrap up.

This will be the last meeting of 2016. We will meet again in January after the holidays. We will be electing officers: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary. If you have the skills and the time, please consider volunteering.

September meeting info

Next meeting of CCBA:
Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30
Oak Creek Commons, 635 Nicklaus Dr., Paso Robles.

6:30-6:45 Networking
6:45-7:00 Introductions
7:00-7:45 Practicum with Anna Rempel, “Supporting the Honeybee”
7:45-8:30 Club Business

August Meeting – SLO Grange – Mon. 8/15

Bright BeeNext meeting: Monday, Aug 15, 6:30-8:30, at SLO Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St., San Luis Obispo. Please bring $1.00 donation for room rental.
6:30-6:45 Networking
6:45-7:00 Welcome
7:00-7:45 Practicum: TBA
7:45-8:30 Meeting

July Meeting – Monday, July 18th


Next meeting: Monday, July 18, 6:30-8:30, at 6440 Corral de Piedra  near Edna on Hwy 227
From SLO: hwy. 227, right on Price Canyon Rd. Right immediately after railway tracks, onto Corral de Piedra. Continue on gravel to end of road. Look for signs.

We will start promptly at 6:30 with hive inspections lead by John Chesnut and John Hupp. Bring protective gear, a chair, and warm clothing for a cool evening.

John Chesnut will focus on detection and management of Varroa.   He will show assay using drone brood, and nurse bee sugar shakes.  His goal is for every beekeeper to adopt a Varroa management strategy that suits their risk tolerance.

Foundationless frames are frequently "all drone". These make an ideal target to assay Varroa loading in a hive.

Foundationless frames are frequently “all drone”. These make an ideal target to assay Varroa loading in a hive.


Nuc workshop June 25

John Chesnut led a Nuc building workshop today and each participant went home with a new “hive.” We learned about setting up the queen excluder in advance, how to pick frames to populate the new nuc, how to install a queen cage, what to watch for, and some other tidbits of information. It was very informative and the bees were quite nice. Thank you John

image 48 hours in advance, brood is shaken free of bees and moved above a QE. The frames will be  queenless, but heavily attended by nurse bees.  Eggs above the excluder age out, so queencells won’t complicate the introduction of a mated queen.

imageFrames are pulled and arranged in boxes.  One open comb, one pollen frame, two brood frames, one honey frame.  Brood frames go in the center of the nuc.



Queens are pulled from a bankimage. Cages are kept corked for 2-3 days, and then the candy cork is opened.   A further 2 days allows the hive to open the candy. Only at day 5-6 is a passage through the candy drilled.


Ideal brood frames are mostly capped brood, so nurse bees are quickly available to tend the growing hive.

Workshop participant scanning a nuc frame for eggs and brood



June 24, 2016
The Pollination Celebration
SLO Grange

The Beekeeper’s Handbook

The Beekeeper's Handbook Book Cover The Beekeeper's Handbook
Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile,
Crafts & Hobbies
Cornell University Press

Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile have revised and expanded their clear and comprehensive guide to cover changes in beekeeping. They discuss the crisis created by the parasitic bee mites. In less than a decade, for example, Varroa mites have saturated the North American honeybee population with disastrous results, devastating both managed and wild populations. The new edition of The Beekeeper's Handbook covers mite detection and control as well as the selection and testing of bees that may have some tolerance to mites.*Serves as a comprehensive well-illustrated introduction for beginners and a valuable reference for the experienced beekeeper.*Outlines options for each operation within beekeeping, listing advantages and disadvantages of each alternative.*Provides easy-to-follow directions and diagrams.*Includes glossary and updated bibliography suggesting more detailed information on the topics discussed.