Meetings and Events

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 10
Studio One, 365 45th St, Oakland, at 7:00 p.m.

Top Bar Beekeeping with Scott Jorgensen

Scott began beekeeping in The Gambia, West Africa, during his service with the United States Peace Corps. Upon returning to the US, Scott continued to learn and evaluate both frame and top bar beehives. He decided to use top bar hives exclusively for his own operation. Scott began US beekeeping in Contra Costa County, but now lives and works in Manteca. He does business as Hercules Bees, which supplies beekeepers with top bar equipment. Scott has experience in swarm collection and structural extractions; he’s been a treatment-free beekeeper for five years. He’s recently branched out by becoming a high school science teacher in Manteca Unified School district and is increasingly active with the student beekeeping program there.

Volunteers needed for our booth at the fair

The fair begins on June 15th and ends on July 8th; it opens at 11am each day, Wednesdays thru Sundays. We would like to have volunteers in the booth from 10:45am to 8pm each day. If you are interested in volunteering for a 2-4 hour shift, please contact Monica Ruck at All volunteers will be provided free entry and parking passes for the entire day.

This is a very fun event; volunteers are NOT required to have an in-depth understanding of beekeeping. Sharing your stories about beekeeping, helping to find the queen in the live hive, passing out materials and simply sharing your love for bees and their importance is all that is required!