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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
For those who do not know Susan yet… she is awesome!
Here is a link to a blog post covering her recent School Outreach:
More Than Honey is available to watch on Netflix here:
We actually have a little honey for sale in our etsy store right now:
Here are a couple more off the top of my head:
Ruth – http://beecapture.com/
Zick’s – http://zickshoneybees.com/
AND! Next month’s 2nd Saturday workshop is about harvesting honey, you should come!
Just came across a new combo hive, what do you think?
LEGALIZE URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES!!
The time has come for everyone to rally – LETS DO THIS!!
STEP 2: Email a letter of support to LA City Council!!
SUBJECT: Council File: 12-0785 Beekeeping / Single Family Residential (R1) Zones
I am writing to ask that you make the legalization of beekeeping and the establishment of a humane bee rescue policy one of your top priorities.
Bees are an essential part of our food system. According to the USDA, bees are responsible for the production of about a third of our diet. In addition, bees are a boon to local gardeners and urban farmers. As you may be aware, honeybees worldwide are in crisis, falling prey to the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder at an alarming rate, making beekeeping a serious food security issue.
Urban beekeeping has been gaining widespread attention especially since the President and First Lady of the United States began keeping two hives on the White House lawn and San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago and most recently Santa Monica and Redondo Beach have all taken decisive action and legalized urban beekeeping.
With all that in mind, I strongly urge you to:
1. Support efforts to: develop a new ordinance which will legalize beekeeping within R1 districts in Los Angeles; improve Bee Rescue policy; create a legal bee yard within the city of Los Angeles that will operate as a secure, temporary holding area for feral honeybee colonies that are awaiting relocation to agricultural zones outside city limits.
2. Change Los Angeles’ current response to feral honeybee swarms (which is extermination), and to allow only live bee removal on city and public property within Los Angeles.
REFERENCE: LA City Council File 12-0785
Thank you for taking the time to consider this globally important issue.
We would love to help you become an urban beekeeper!
STEP 1: Find a local beekeeping community to join!
Hands-on experience and education before getting your own beehive is very important. If you live in Los Angeles we would love to have you join us:
Below are a few of our favorite books:
Practical-Beekeeper by Michael Bush
Plan-Bee by Susan Brackney
Complete Idiots Guide to Beekeeping by Dean Stiglitz
STEP 2: Get your gear!
Below is a list of the basic tools/gear we recommend to get started as an urban beekeeper. You can purchase these locally at a beekeeping store or online.
FEATURED ABOVE: 10 frame assembled medium hive body and medium super with a regular bottom board with foundationless frames.
Item numbers: 986Z, 990BZ, 751, 495, 775, 713, 673 (you will have an option to choose what sizes you would like) – these items can also most likely be purchased locally at your nearest beekeeping supply store.
Los Angeles Beekeeping Supply Stores (always a good idea to call ahead)
Los Angeles Honey Co – 1559 Fishburn Ave, Los Angeles 90063 | (323) 264-2383
Pierce-Mieras Manufacturing – 2536 Fender Avenue, Ste. A, Fullerton 92831 (714) 447-3855 (ask for “Ray’s Special” aka foundationless frames)
The following (or similar) items you can purchase anywhere:
The bee-friendly plants, as well as a water source you can pick up from your local nursery. The water source featured above is a terra cotta saucer (20? or so) and some red river rocks or Mexican beach pebbles. Simply fill the saucer with the rocks and some water – this will serve as your bees water source and must be set up before getting your bees.
*If you would like a honeylove patch for your beekeepers suit – you can become a MEMBER of HoneyLove or purchase one through our etsy shop!
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!
Keep us posted on your honey bee adventures—we would love to see photos from your apiary! Yay bees!!
- This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by Chelsea McFarland.
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!
Here is a link to one of my favorite local bee photographers: ISAVEBEES
Here is a blog reviewing the beehaus:
I think I still prefer this Thomas Hybrid Hive =)
Just make sure you put it on the right way =)
I think it was in the book “Plan Bee” – she told a story about how she put the bee escape on upside down… and all the bees got trapped upstairs.
That is one of the greatest things about beekeeping, you get immediate feedback when you screw up =)
Had a question on HoneyLove’s facebook page today:
“HoneyLove, I need your advice on beekeeping in colder climates… what do the bees need when the mercury plummets?”
I pointed her to Michael Bush’s page on Wintering:
TOPICS INCLUDED ON THAT PAGE ARE:
Screened bottom boards (SBB)
Clustering hives together
Where the cluster is
Eight frame boxes
Wintering observation hives
If you have any other advice for her, let me know. Thanks!