We’re traveling as I write this, in Sydney Australia right now. While we’ve been to many places in the area we haven’t seen any bee hives or met any beekeepers. To be honest that’s not why we came here but when we travel we’re always on the lookout. I did however read about a couple of local beekeepers, Doug Purdie and Vicky Brown. In 2008 Doug had read about the worldwide bee decline and wanted to do something about it so he became a beekeeper. They got together in 2010 to form “The Urban Beehive”. Their goal is to place bee hives all around Sydney. They are fortunate as Australia is the last continent to be free of varroa mite. Along with a small group of helpers they keep bees in backyards, parks, businesses, and rooftops all over the city, even in the Botanical Gardens. On a global level it’s a small thing they are doing but if we all do our part, maintaining healthy colonies, monitoring varroa levels, and continuing to breed and use varroa resistant queens along with research at institutional levels we can make a difference.
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.