The Nevada County Beekeepers Association is a diverse group of professionals and hobbyist, 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 refreshments, brief business discussion, raffle and a great program.

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President's Message - January

Hello there. Let me introduce myself for those who have not met me yet. My name is Jacob McBride. I have enjoyed working with and maintaining bees for a while in Nevada County, and was elected to be the president of the Club for this year.

2022 flew by and here comes 2023. I want to thank Spencer Wingfield for helping lead the club during the time of the Covid shutdowns. We were able to see the resiliency of the club in being able to adapt to the issues that arose during that time.

At the board meetings to plan for this year, we asked ourselves what is our goal as a club? We already knew we have an accurate flow of  information about beekeeping being presented through the club. We realized it is the social aspect that was missing. With the end of regular zoom meetings, and getting back to normal with our pre covid in-person meetings, we hope to promote the social aspects of the club, and look forward to having a fun year.
On a side note: don’t forget to register your hives with the county.

Jacob McBride

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Bee Bits - January

We’ve now passed the winter solstice, and a new trip around the sun has begun!  The past three years have been devastatingly dry in California, our reservoirs are low, and the agricultural community is wondering if there will be enough water for crops and pasture.  But hope springs eternal, and our fulsome rains so far this winter have given our thirsty trees a respite, and allowed for seeds of our annuals to germinate.

I couldn’t find rainfall history for Nevada County, but here’s a chart of annual average precipitation for California, with a trend line in blue for the time that I’ve been keeping bees in the County.

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Happy beekeeping!

Randy Oliver
Grass Valley, CA