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Today at our monthly HoneyLove Workshop we taught people how to “Bee Proactive” by building a swarm box to put out on their property! 

@ Santa Monica Public Library Fairview Branch – 06/09/12

Click here to download the handout from our workshop!

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VIDEO: Imagine – by James Zanoni – 

Thanks for the buzz about HoneyLove on your site James!! 

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by Ed Garcia

Before last night’s city council meeting, bees were categorized as a de-facto “nuisance” by the municipal code. Last night that changed 🙂 A group of BBK’s came to the city council meeting to support my petition for a permit allowing me to keep a hive and in a team effort we were able to persuade the city council to get with the times and allow individuals to keep bees. Thank you all so much for making this happen. 

After a very lengthy meeting that started at 6PM, our issue finally came to the floor at nearly 10 PM. Representatives from Redondo Beach Animal Control summarized their position which was formally submitted in a 12 page report. In essence they were agreeable to granting the permit subject to a variety of requirements, including the approval of my neighbors. 

Then it was our turn. Members of the city council asked a variety of questions that we were able to answer based on the knowledge that we’ve absorbed through BBK and our individual experiences with the bees. It all wrapped nicely at the end when the city council unanimously agreed to adopt the measure that in essence removed bees from the list of “nuisances” and allowed individuals to keep bees. Additionally, the city council agreed to remove the requirement of “approval by neighbors” and even to lower the fee for the permit that was proposed by animal control. In all I would say it was a victory for all beekeepers. 

I would like to acknowledge all the support and guidance provided by Kirk, the use of the material compiled by Rob and Chelsea [HoneyLove] and the fine example they set with their efforts in Mar Vista, the enthusiasm and participation of Susan, Roberta, Dennis and Randy. You guys Rock!

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Love Local Honey posted by Whole Foods Market

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This is not just any honey, and it does not come from just any bee. The Himalayan honey bee, or Apis dorsal laborious is the world’s largest honey bee – measuring up to 1.2 inches. They exist only in the Himalayas and build their nests in high altitudes (from 8,200 to 13,500 ft). The nests can contain as much as 130lbs of honey and interestingly different types of honey can be found at different altitudes. Himalayan honey bees make spring honey, red honey, and autumn honey. Red honey, made solely by Himalayan honey bees and found at the highest altitudes, is the most valuable because of its intoxicating and relaxing qualities. The Gurung men can import this honey to other parts of Asia for five times the price of the other honey. 

Harvesting the honey is a tradition that the men of Nepal have been doing for generations. They go twice a year, dropping harnessed ladders and ropes from the top of the cliff to a base below where a fire is lit to help smoke the bees away from their hives. A “honey hunter” then descends the ladder and cuts the large honeycomb nests down in chunks. This dangerous mission brings food and money to their villages when the honey is sold.

Eric Valli photographed the photo story “Honey Hunters of Nepal” in 1987 and won first prize at World Press for it… See more of his work at

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Tree Hive [via Ar?c?l?k Bilgileri]

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