MEETINGS OF THE EL DORADO BACKYARD BEEKEEPERS
General Meetings Information
All general membership meetings are held the fourth Sunday of each month from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. unless otherwise advertised. All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Senior Center of Placerville. To get there, take Hwy 50 and turn at the light onto Bedford (left going east, right going west). Keep left onto Spring St. (Hwy 49) go thru the stop sign then turn left on Tunnel St, right on Robin Ct. The door to enter has WIC over the door. Our signs will be out to help locate us. First meeting of the year will be February 22. More info to tollow.
Beginning Beekeeping Class Information
You have been waiting for it. The El Dorado Backyard Beekeepers Beginning Class has been set and we are ready to take sign ups. You keep thinking I would like to set up a bee hive, well, you can and if you attend our class you will find out how easy it can be to start your bee hive. And as a member you can purchase equipment at a reduced price and get in on purchasing package bees here locally and get some hands on instructions on installing a package of bees (words meaning getting the packaged bees into a new hive). This is a once a year event, bees are on a schedule set by Mother Nature not us, so if you planned to get started this year, do it now!
The 2015 Beginning Beekeeping class will be held at El Dorado County Building C, from 12:30pm to 5:30pm, Saturday, February 7th. Pre-registration and payment is preferred, just click on the link below. This is the classroom portion with the field instruction to follow. Pricing for both classroom and hands-on is $40.00 for non members. As an added bonus you will get a one year of family membership in the El Dorado Backyard Beekeepers. Even if you don't want to attend meetings, you will still have access to our group purchase of packaged bees and beekeeping equipment. Plus you will be able to attend our mid year Summer Social. The fee for members is $10.00, membership has its privileges. Have some fun with bees!
Sign up for the 2015 Beginning Beekeeping Class can be found here
Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
Introduction to Beekeeping Class
No Fee as in Free
On January 31st a class about beginning beekeeping sponsored by the Master Gardeners and presented by Sharlet Elms by the Master Gardeners of El Doardo County. The location is El Dorado County Veterans Building at 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville and the time is 9-12. More information here
Want to do something to improve your gardens and help the world at the same time? Consider keeping bees! Instructor Sharlet Elms will introduce you to beekeeping in your backyard, explain the current state of bees, and how bees affect your everyday life, and the process of maintaining a hive or two. The class will also give you some resources for getting started.
Beekeeping Equipment Available through the Club
*** Please note that you must be a member to purchase equipment and bees through the club ***
If you are a member of the club, contact the equipment manager by logging in and going to the club officer's page.
The Ohio State Beekeepers Association and the Ohio Producer Growers & Marketers Association are pleased to announce the availability of A Web-Based Introductory Beekeeping Training Program. The program consists of 34 videos and several power point presentations presented by Dr. Jim Tew and John Grafton. Topics include assembling hive equipment, installing packages, inspecting hives and much, much more.
"For many people the word "bee" is synonymous with the non-native "honeybee." But there are many kinds of bees in nature, even within urban areas in northern California. Many people are simply missing out on perceiving these beautiful, interesting, and beneficial insects. This workshop will showcase native bees for people who like nature, and for those who are involved in land management and conservation. Presentations will range from basic and introductory to highly technical. No specific knowledge of bees is needed ahead of time, although a basic understanding of general insect morphology and some familiarity with dichotomous keys is expected."