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.
Below are links you can use to order your gear/supplies online:
*Mention HoneyLove in your order notes and they will donate 10% of your sale to our non-profit!
Deep Hive Bodies (we recommend 2): http://thevalleyhive.com/beekeeping-supplies/236-hive-body-deep-assembled.html
Deep Frames (ask for assembled / foundationless): http://thevalleyhive.com/beekeeping-supplies/42-frame-wood-deep-unassembled.html
Medium Hive Bodies (we recommend 2+): http://thevalleyhive.com/beekeeping-supplies/238-hive-body-medium-assembled.html
Medium Frames (ask for assembled / foundationless): http://thevalleyhive.com/beekeeping-supplies/44-frame-wood-medium-unassembled.html
Or you can visit our Local 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)
Other products available from smile.amazon.com (make sure to pick HoneyLove as your charity!):
Linseed Oil (to paint the outside of your hive)
The bee-friendly plants, as well as a water source of your choosing 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!