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elsietee
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« on: October 07, 2009, 05:51:42 PM »

Hey there - just recently started researching into beekeeping and learning everything I can before taking the plunge (probably next spring).

We live on fives acres in a very rural area of the Sierra foothills of California west of Lake Tahoe, at about 2000' on an southeast facing slope with a very mild climate (usually only a few minor freezes each winter), so I'm hoping that will be a good place for bees. Right now the wild bees are busy with a large ivy plant I've got growing up my front deck - and they seem pretty healthy.

My current [vague] plan is to start a TBH and a Langs side by side and see what happens, but I'm open to suggestions. I don't have any plans to start a Honey Emporium any time soon - just want a bit of comb honey to munch on, and any wax by-products to play with - and of course, watch bees "doing their thing".

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 08:58:32 PM »

Hello and Welcome Elsietee 
There is alot of great information on the forum !!
The members here are willing help and answer your questions, all you need to do is to ask


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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2009, 12:09:34 PM »

Welcome Elsietee! The wonderful and experienced people in this great Forum can help and simplify everything. Bee sure and check out some of the older Posts with answers to some really interesting questions. You should learn a lot just from that. Have fun!
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 12:19:34 PM »

you are not to far from Annette.  you must also be close to where my parents live in Meadow Vista. 

you are smart to learn before jumping in!  any chance you can find a beekeeper to work with, or maybe a club?  you are out there, so there may not be anything convenient, but Annette might be able to help point you in the right direction.

welcome to the forum!
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2009, 12:26:48 PM »

you are not to far from Annette.  you must also be close to where my parents live in Meadow Vista. 

Yup - if you drew a straight line between your parents and Annette, you'd hit my house Smiley

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you are smart to learn before jumping in!  any chance you can find a beekeeper to work with, or maybe a club?  you are out there, so there may not be anything convenient, but Annette might be able to help point you in the right direction.

There's a group in Sacramento, but it'd be better if I can find a resource closer to home, since Sac and Garden Valley aren't necessarily similar. Still looking around.

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welcome to the forum!

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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2009, 08:26:54 PM »

Welcome Elsietee and good luck.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2009, 11:16:39 AM »

you are not to far from Annette.  you must also be close to where my parents live in Meadow Vista. 

you are smart to learn before jumping in!  any chance you can find a beekeeper to work with, or maybe a club?  you are out there, so there may not be anything convenient, but Annette might be able to help point you in the right direction.

welcome to the forum!



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BEEKEEPERS ASSOC OF SOUTHERN CA
Mark Allen
P O Box 5021
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Phone: 562-841-9754
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BEEKEEPERS GUILD OF SAN MATEO COUNTY
Tom Vercoutere
629 Castle Hill Rd
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CALIFORNIA STATE BKPRS ASSOC
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7220 E Grayson Rd
Hughson, CA 95326
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10828 Crothers Rd
San Jose, CA 95127
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GILROY COUNTY BKPRS ASSOC
Wayne Pitts
1726 Fine Dr
Gilroy, CA 95020
Phone: 408-644-2382
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY BKPRS ASSOC
16333 Parthenia St
North Hills, CA 91343
Walter McBride
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MARIN COUNTY BKPRS ASSOC
Mea McNeil Draper
Draper Farms
11 Sacramento Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960
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MOUNT DIABLO BKPRS ASSOC
Jeff Peacock
3341 Walnut La
Lafayette, CA 94549
Email: hiveman@hotmail.com
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NEVADA COUNTY BKRPS ASSOC
227 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA
Rob Slay
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2110 X Street
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2009, 12:42:45 PM »

Lucy, welcome to our forum, so wonderful you found us.  It sounds like you live in a very beautiful place, I like the sound of such mild winters, wish I could say the same of mine  Smiley.  You are wise to learn as much as you can about beekeeping, there is a mountain of information on our forum, we will be your guide too.  You will find that the more you learn about the honeybees and their secret life, the more you will be compelled to learn -- and in no time at all, you will be held under their beautiful spell, we all are.  This forum will be a place where you can tell your stories, tales and experiences, learn and learn more, a place to ask questions (which are all important, we were all once beginning too), and make some new friends, stick around, we love new members.  Have that most awesome and great day, health.  Cindi
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