1:00 Learning Garden – intro lecture
2:00 Bee Field trip
3:00 Snack time
Why are bees important to us?
Pollination – 3 out of every 5 bites
Honey bees are not native to the Americas
Mason Orchard bee
Africanized Bees – African genes are spread throughout the population of all wild bees in the warmer portions of the US – however, these genes are not all bad... they can be more aggressive, but they are also harder workers and more productive – all bees can be aggressive
Colony Collapse Disorder - since at least 2006Why?
Shipping bees for pollinators
Or we just don't know...
Bee Losses from CCD
Future of the honey bee
Introduction to practical beekeeping:
Equipment you need:
Bee suit - covers your entire body except your hands
Gloves - vented with sealable gauntlets
Veil - some have helmet inside; others you need a helmet with
I suggest purchasing these at LA Honey where you can try them on and get items that fit you. If I had purchased these items online, I would not have gotten the correct size.
Rags (some wet) (honey is sticky!)
Hive box(es) and frames
Couple of good books and a mentor
Los Angeles Honey Co
Address: 1559 Fishburn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063