Helpful Links

Beekeeper’s Corner
Beginning Beekeeping Classes
Local Supplies
Gardening for Bees
Beekeeper’s Corner, Essays about Beekeeping in the East Bay
Other Bay Area Beekeeper Meetings
Other Resources

The ACBA also maintains a library of books and DVDs on beekeeping, available to members. See the full library catalog.

Beginning Beekeeping Classes

Biofuel Oasis has a comprehensive program of beekeeping classes, directed specifically at backyard beekeepers with just a few hives. Our program will teach you how to keep your hive healthy and alive over many winters. It will also give you the tools and knowledge to keep your hive alive and, if it does die, to know the reason why.

Biofuel Oasis
1441 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

Pollinate Farm & Garden Supply is an urban homestead emporium located in the heart of Oakland. We provide equipment, supplies and knowhow for seed-to-table organic farming and gardening, food preserving, small-scale livestock raising and backyard beekeeping.

Pollinate Farm & Garden Supply
2727 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601

Lauren Tackbary teaches a beginner beekeeping class every Saturday in Berkeley from 10am to 2pm. There are two hours of lecture and two hours of working in the hive. The class is 10 people max, so everyone has a chance to work in the hive. This is the perfect class for someone who wants to get a hive this year but doesn’t know where to start. The class is $55 but will do $45 for anyone who is an ACBA member. I provide all of the protective gear and guide the class through several hive inspections and what everyone should be looking for when they do an inspection.

Lauren Tackbary
Class schedule

Local Supplies

Gardening for Bees

Plant nurseries that sell organic plants for pollinator health

Other Bay Area Beekeeper Meetings

Other Resources



  • Elina Nino, PhD – California Extension Apiculturist, UC Davis
  • Michael Bush – Midwestern “treatment-free” beekeeper, and frequent ACBA speaker
  • Randy Oliver – Grass Valley beekeeper, writer for American Bee Journal, and frequent speaker for ACBA