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 - February

It’s February and spring temperatures are weeks if not days away. I remember my first year of beekeeping when my hive swarmed on March 17th. That meant that the bees had started swarm preparations at the end of February. I was totally unprepared and there was nothing I could do as I watched the bees settle high up in a pine tree.

Do you know what the signs of swarming are? Educate yourself and be ready to open your hives as soon as it is warm enough. If the bees are in the top box, reverse the hive bodies and give them more room. This will buy you some time. Make sure you have extra equipment for splits and any swarms that may occur. Be ready to catch a swarm, a large bucket attached to a long pole makes swarm catching easier.
The return of spring means it’s time to start thinking about increases. Every year, your surviving hives will need to be split or they will swarm. If you don’t know how to make a split, please ask an experienced beekeeper or do some research. There are as many ways to make splits as there are beekeepers (just kidding) so find one that will work for you.  Happy Beekeeping!

Pura Vida life - relax and enjoy!
Amy Hustead

Bee Bits - February

Our bees got off to a great start when the alders first started blooming in mid January, bringing in huge yellow pollen loads.  But then after a day the weather turned wet and cold.  Today (25 Jan), yellow loads are coming in again, and colonies are brooding up.

We’re getting ready for almond pollination;  Eric and Ian have already hauled a number of truckloads of hives to the orchards well in advance of bloom, fearful of another deluge (and the resulting mud) as occurred last year.

I love driving through the upper Sacramento Valley this time of year, and seeing all the migratory waterfowl in the rice fields.

Every spring is a renewal, and almond orchards get renewed after 20-25 years of production, as in the photo below.

...see full article in the current Newsletter

Happy beekeeping!

Randy Oliver
Grass Valley, CA

Club Dues R Due

Dues are $25/yr. (printed mailed newsletter) or $20/yr. (email newsletter).

You can pay dues at the regular meeting or mail dues to (make check out to NCBA) NCBA C/o Janet Brisson 20693 Dog Bar Road Grass Valley, CA 95949.  

You can aslo join or renew membership on this website right here.