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Education (both research and hands on) and getting all necessary beekeeping gear (including a suit and a well stocked first aid kit/EpiPen) are the first steps to becoming a responsible urban beekeeper. We all need to do our part to keep the beekeeping community in the best of standing with our neighbors and the city!
Here is a list of recommendations we put together before thinking of getting your own bees:
We also encourage you to join us each month at the HoneyLove Sanctuary to learn hands on how to handle bees BEFORE getting them in your own backyard: http://www.meetup.com/HoneyLove/events/187206002/
Please help us to make LA a safe and responsible place for urban beekeeping to thrive!July 4, 2014 at 8:06 am in reply to: A beekeeper find a yellow jacket nest of epic proportion #8775
Holy crud Karim! That was crazy!
Hi Susan, this is going to be a monthly meetup (similar to the one we had last Sunday) for people to bring their questions and experiences to help out the group.
Interested in carpooling to the event? Let’s try this site to help us arrange rides for people!March 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm in reply to: Workshop 3/30: Creating a Bee & Butterfly Habitat Garden #8113
I just posted it on our HoneyLove facebook page! =)
LOVE the photos! Thanks so much for posting Karim! =)
Love it! Posting to facebook now =)
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
2 1/2 tablespoons honey, preferably raw wildflower
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt, such as Hawaiian red alaea or Maldon
Using a mixer (either hand or standing), whip butter and honey together until smooth and fluffy. Fold salt in gently with a rubber spatula. Serve soft or at room temperature, with a few extra grains of salt on top.
YIELD: 2/3 cup
ADDED TO THE COUNCIL FILE TODAY:
Council adopted Planning and Land Use Management Committee Report, as amended, forthwith.
This friendly amendment (suggested at the council meeting last Wednesday by Councilmember Tom LaBonge CD-4) opens up our motion from SINGLE FAMILY (R1) Residential Zones… to ALL Residential Zones.
If you live in Council District 4, we’d love for you to send Tom a thank you note for his support!
Actually, if you live ANYWHERE in Los Angeles… send your councilman a thank you note for their support!!
For those interested in creating similar legalization efforts in their own cities, (or looking for more information on our legalization work here in Los Angeles)… please see our Legalization Packet below (also available on our resources page):
DROPBOX FOLDER: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8m9gi9846mf31fa/FxEDgk95LM
As common little beekeepers, it is not in our power to write laws unfortunately =) but if you take a look through the packet above you will find a copy of our “feasibility study” conducted through the Mar Vista Community Council. Inside this study is a matrix of cities from around the United States who do allow beekeeping and the rules and regulations they adopted. This document has proven to be a great starting point for many cities around country who have already used our efforts here in Los Angeles to help change laws in their cities!
Interested in helping with the legalization process here in Los Angeles? Join us! We’d LOVELOVELOVE for your help! Or you can also send a letter directly to the LA Planning Department with your opinions, learn more here: http://www.honeylove.org/legalize
Thank you to everyone who came out in support yesterday! Special thanks to Maritza Przekop, Martin Schlageter, Andy Shrader, Kirk Anderson, Ceebs Bailey and all the amazing HoneyLovers and Neighborhood Councilmembers and community stakeholders who have helped us to get to where we are today!!
Here is a quick summary of the day:
Before the council meeting we had a press conference on the steps of LA City Hall with some great speakers/guests including:
LA City Councilmembers Paul Koretz (CD5), Mike Bonin (CD11), Jose Huizar (CD14) and Mitch O’Farrell (CD13)
Sharon Commins, President, Mar Vista Community Council
David King, Founding Chair, Seed Library of Los Angeles
Amadeo Delgado, Owner, Canaan Honey
oh yes.. and us… Rob and Chelsea McFarland, HoneyLove.org
After the press conference, we went inside and the meeting began. Council was very nice to us and grouped all 3 of our motions together… and it came out unanimous 15-0 for all three motions!
Next step, the motions go to Planning Department for “study” which will take a few months, then it will return to council for another vote.
And…. oh yes… there was SO MUCH PRESS COVERAGE!!
There are more articles out there… but you get the idea =) YAY BEES!!!
Vote has officially been pushed to the 12th… hope you can still make it!
As far as I know Ed, this could be THE vote!!
It is our first time presenting in front of the full city council.
(HEADS UP: Date might be pushed a week to the next Wednesday 2/12… I will update with details as SOON as I get them)
Canoga Park Neighborhood Council UNANIMOUSLY voted in favor of URBAN BEEKEEPING (thanks to HoneyLover Ceebs for leading the charge tonight)!! That makes a total of 17 councils + ARC Los Angeles – Alliance of River Communities!! YAY BEES!!
Great ideas Walker & Susan! Thanks!
Love it! Thanks Ceebs! I just updated the page with your suggestion!
STEP 3: Get your hands sticky!
The single best way to learn is to get some hands-on mentoring: before you get bees, while you have bees, and then pay it forward and become a mentor! You can join us at the HoneyLove Sanctuary the 3rd Sunday of each month in Moorpark, CA—check the events page for full details on how to join us!