September 2021 Monthly Meeting

Membership meeting — Tuesday, September 28 at the garden behind the SLO City Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street.
Meeting begins at 5 PM and wraps up at dark, bring a lawn chair and a warm jacket.

Jodi Tellier will update on plans for the Paso Robles Golden Oak Honey Festival

John Chesnut will lead a presentation on late fall and winter colony management.

Beginning Beekeeping Lecture

Contact Erin at for further information on this presentation

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.

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.

May Apiary Visit

Central Coast Beekeepers’ Alliance Meeting
Monday, May 15, 2017
6:00-7:30 pm
Hosted by Cynthia at
1310 San Luis Ave
Los Osos, 93402

6:00 – 7:00 Apiary Visit – lead by Summer Van Burden
7:00 – 7:30 Club Business

For the apiary visit, please bring protective clothing. The meeting will be held outside, so please bring a chair and warm clothing.

San Luis Ave is off South Bay Blvd. Landmarks: a barn and a mailbox on a large anchor chain.

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

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.