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 - July

The response at the last meeting to Karla's request for volunteers to staff our booth at the Nevada County was tremendous.

Not only did you fill all the shifts in record time, many people wanted to volunteer but the times when they were available were already filled. Thank you all for making the effort and supporting your club.

Public interest in honey bees is at an all time high right now and this is one way we can help keep it there. Leslie Gault was in the booth Friday and Diane and I on Saturday during the Strawberry Music Festival and we had so many people who came through thank us for being there, people really are interested and concerned about honey bees.

Bee Bits - July

As we pass the summer solstice, it occurs to me that the past 365 days have been the toughest for beekeeping in the foothills that I can remember.  Our bees starved through record-setting drought, then starved again during record setting rain this spring, and are now dealing with record high temperatures during our main honey flow.

I assumed that our swarm season was over after our colonies tore up their swarm cells during the extended rain this spring, but that proved to be an erroneous assumption—here they are swarming like crazy in late June!

We’re enjoying the best honey flow that we’ve seen in years, but our colonies were not up to strength to take full advantage of it.  That said, it’s been wonderful to see and taste delicious blackberry honey again, after being in such short supply during our drought.

The good news is that with all this ground moisture, we may see extended late-summer nectar and pollen flows—maybe even a Yellow Star Thistle crop.

We’ve been doing hundreds of mite washes—some colonies already have high levels.  I suggest that you check yours, as it’s difficult for a colony to recover once a mite-induced virus epidemic takes hold in a hive.

Randy Oliver
Grass Valley, CA