Los Angeles News
LA Becoming The New Queen Bee
By Alice Perez
Aug 8, 2013 - 7:00:09 PM

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LOS ANGELES—The city has been a pioneer when it comes to beekeeping since 1873 when the founding members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association held their first meeting and decided to raise awareness of the importance of the honeybees. Canyon News got the opportunity to talk with Jim Lindsay, President of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association (LACBA), about the latest buzz surrounding urban beekeeping in LA.

 

“We have been part of the beekeeping industry since 1873,” said Lindsay. “We are beekeepers in Los Angeles. We range from zero hives to thousands, from hobbyists to full time beekeepers."

 

LACBA continues to be trailblazers by welcoming experienced and first-time beekeepers to their monthly meetings, offering Beekeeping 101 classes, and an educational booth in the LA County Fair. “We help the public with thousands of hours to donate at the county fair and other gatherings of public to teach of the importance of honey bees,” said Lindsay.

 

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Swarming in beekeeping supplies shops, beeswax product companies, and monthly urban beekeeping communities throughout the city, Los Angeles is literally buzzing as a new queen bee. Urban beekeeping is the practice of beekeeping in an urban environment with cities across the country like San Francisco, Portland, and New York City reigning as “bee-friendly cities.” The urban bee populations with hives are located within backyards, apartment rooftops, and community gardens.

 

“Keeping bees in a neighborhood can be good by keeping you and your neighbors' gardens producing at a much higher level. The best way to learn is by getting a mentor to help in training,” said Lindsay.

 

According to the LACBA, “Anyone who keeps bees in California must register with their local County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC) on a yearly basis. There are many reasons to make sure your bees are “on the books.”  Your County Agricultural Commissioner can be of assistance in:

 

-dealing with neighbors and local regulatory agencies

-notifications about local pesticide/herbicide applications

-referrals for swarm captures if you want them

 

With the recent buzz of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), many beekeepers have witnessed a staggering number of bee populations dropping. A save-the-bees movement has swept across Los Angeles with Angelinos joining beekeeping communities like the LACBA, Backwards Beekeeping, and Honey Love Organization, to name a few. “People joining our club have been on the increase over the last three years,” said Lindsay.

 

LACBA hosts monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in La Crescenta with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. and meetings starting at 7:00 p.m. On August 12, LACBA will be hosting their monthly meeting with special guest Frank Lindsey from New Zealand.

National Honeybee Day on August 17 will allow members to eat anything made with honey. This summer while taking a trip to the Los Angeles County Fair (August 30 to September 29) be sure to stop by the LACBA’s annual Bee Booth, where members teach children of all ages everything from “Finding the Queen Bee” to learning the “Waggle Dance,” and the impact that honeybees have in our ecosystem.



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