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Our next meeting will be on March 14,  2017                                                   at the Rotary Nature Center, Oakland CA. 

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  1. Hello,
    I was wondering if I can talk to someone about starting couple of bee hives in Oakland on the roof of a skilled nursing facility.
    I am not keeping any bees at this time and have no equipment in California. Would be starting from scratch. I used to help my father who has been a beekeeper in the Czech Republic for decades but have no experience beekeeping in CA other than helping friends every now and then.

    thank you so much


    1. We would love to help you out.
      Please send us your contact information or come to our next meeting in Oakland which is on February 14th at the Rotary Nature Center in Lake Merritt.

  2. Hi, Ive heard that there is some organization that you can donate your backyard for beekeeping to, and was hoping you’ll have some details on that.


    1. There are members of the ACBA who would be happy to fill your backyard with bees. Please contact us with your contact information and we will pass it on to the membership.

  3. Hello, I live in Benicia, climate zone 17. A few years back I built a squirrel house for a backyard tree but the bees soon moved in and have had a hive in it ever since. I am looking at planting some bee friendly plants in the area as a source of food. Is there any common plants, something mu local nursery would carry in stock, that you would recommend?

    Thank you in advance for any responses.

    1. Hi there,
      Go to your local nursery and look for labels. Most nurseries stock bee friendly plants and have them labelled as such. One word of caution, the big box stores have them but they don’t always screen for plants that have been sprayed. We recommend going to a local nursery and talking with the knowledgeable employees that would be happy to help you out. Then you just have to decide whether to go “native” or not! 😉

  4. Hello, I manage a small urban farm in West Oakland. We will receive bee boxes this month. I would like to populate them with a captured swarm. How do I find out if a swarm is happening and how do I let people know that we would like a swarm in case someone captures one without a home for the bees? I will try to make the March ACBA meeting

    1. Attending the March meeting will be the best way to get a swarm from our swarm volunteers. You have time. the bees normally don’t start swarming until then at the earliest. You are invited to join the club which will also give you some opportunities to meet with a mentor which will help you maintain your new hive.

  5. Hi, we are interested in getting some bees? We have everything set up in our backyard and we just need bees? Is this something your organization can help with, if so can you please let me know what I need to do?

    Thank you,

    Abigail Roman

    1. Hi
      I would encourage you to come to our next meeting which is at the Lake Merritt Nature Center on March 14.
      Please see our meeting and events page. It is good to make contact with a mentor we have mentors and established beekeepers all over Alameda County.

  6. Hello, I’ve moved to Fremont and I have two empty beehives and two boxes of bees on order. I kept bees for two years in Pleasanton, but I still feel like a beginner. I’d like to have a beekeeper or two in Fremont who would be happy to talk with me as I try to improve my beekeeping. Any Fremont beekeepers happy to help?

    1. Hi we have several established beekeepers in the Fremont area. I would encourage you to come to our next meeting on March 14 to meet some people that can help you out.

  7. Hello!

    Do I need to register to attend the Beekeeper Association’s meeting tonight for a head count, or should I just show up?

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