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: http://honeylove.org/membership/
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)
- The Valley Hive – 9633 Baden Ave, Chatsworth CA 91311 | (818) 280-6500 *Mention HoneyLove and they will donate 10% of your sale to our non-profit!
- 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.
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!