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 - July

June proved to be a very good month for honey in most areas. It is now just about peaked in some locations though as you can see in the graphic above.  The hive scale monitors the weight of the back half of one of my 8 frame honey producing colonies. To get the weight of the colony in total you would need another scale under the front half of the colony, or basically multiply by 2, the weight observed in the table. I think the blackberry produced well this year (I know I have seen a ton of blackberry pollen in the hives) and also the toyon did really good.

...see full article and images in the current Newsletter

Bee Bits - July

Due to the drought, we didn’t have our hopes up for much of a honey flow this year.  So we were pleasantly surprised in June when our colonies were “shaking nectar” heavily even during the high temperatures.  Blackberry came through, and toyon flowered exuberantly. 
I expect the flow to have tapered off by the time you read this, but no telling whether we’ll get much of a honeydew flow from the cedars.

We “commercial” beekeepers, who are dependent upon the number of hives that we run in order to make a living, are now dealing with our county bee ordinance.  Although it is now a pain to find new apiary locations where one can stock more than 9 hives during the honey-flow, it is...

...see full article in the current Newsletter

Happy beekeeping!

Randy Oliver
Grass Valley, CA