The Nevada County Beekeepers Association is a diverse group of professionals and hobbiest, men and women, young and old, with a keen interest in promoting the well being of honey bees and their habitat while enjoying their amazing benefits. The NCBA strives to promote education on beekeeping and agriculture by providing the latest news and techniques in these fields. 

The club members meet once a month on the first Monday at 7pm and visitors are always welcome. All meetings are held in the Veterans Memorial Building at 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA. Entrance is off the back parking lot, in Grass Valley at 7pm.  The August meeting is always moved to the County Fair Grounds with a fair booth clean up following by a barbeque social. 

  • Any questions about bees?
  • Always wanted to get bees?
  • Questions about honey production? 
  • Have some information to share?
  • Wondering about pollination in your garden or orchard?
  • Have some bees or equipment to sell?
  • Want to meet some great folks?

Join our lively question and answer session starting promptly at 7pm followed by refreshements, brief business discussion, raffle and a great program.

President's Message - October

I can feel the season start to change and the calendar says it already has. We've had some cool days and even a few sprinkles of rain, it would be easy to think it's time to put our bees to bed for the winter and beekeeping on hold until spring. Well that's just not true, our bees are livestock and must be cared for all year.

We need to be sure our mite counts are down and the colonies have adequate food for the winter. This year I used Mite-Away Quick Strips as I have done in the past but this time administered 1/2 dose at a two week interval. It's critical to go into winter with healthy colonies if we want our bees to come out strong in the spring.

Jerry Van Heeringen, President

Bee Bits - October

I left the hot weather here this month to speak in Ireland and the Isle of Man (between Ireland and England). This area is at the same latitude as Labrador, but due to the influence of the Gulf Stream, they enjoy a mild climate with few or no frosts. And lots of cool weather and rainfall. Although it’s lush and green, the weather is often unfriendly to bees.

I spoke to a group (BIBBA) whose mission is to save the native black bee, Apis mellifera mellifera. Others have imported Carniolans, Italians, or Buckfast bees, feeling that they would be more productive. But those races are not as well adapted to the region as the black bee.

The hives used in this area look like little shiplap houses, and are more complicated than what most of us use in California.

The beekeepers winter their colonies in a single brood chamber, insulated on top. In summer, colonies are supered above that single brood chamber—and not encouraged to grow very large, for fear of starvation should the weather turn bad.

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Randy Oliver
Grass Valley, CA