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  • Classes, Events, & Workshops

    2019 Events at The Valley Hive & Topanga Nursery

    Below is an updated list of upcoming classes and events at our location. We look forward to having you join us and be a part of our Chatsworth community! Please note: We love kids and welcome them to partake in our classes. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Click here for a complete list of 1st Year Beekeeping Classes

    Click here for a complete list of 2nd Year Beekeeping Classes

    Click here for  Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association  Classes (LACBA)

    UPCOMING EVENTS

     

    How to Install A Package/Nuc

    Sunday, March 31st - 1pm to 3pm

    Registration is Required - Limited Space Available

    • Class Topic: What to plant in a bee friendly garden
    • The life cycle of the colony
    • Basic bee biology
    • How to install bees into a hive

    Class Location: The Valley Hive - 10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

    Parking: Please park on Topanga Canyon Blvd. Free parking is available all day Sunday

    Time: Class starts at 1pm

    Class Requirements:  Bring a notebook and pen/pencil to take notes

    Price: $30 per person (discounted rate if you sign up for all classes in the series). You will also receive a 10% discount for shopping in our store on the day of class.

    SIGN UP FOR CLASS #2 

    SIGN UP FOR  ALL CLASSES IN THE 1ST YEAR BEEKEEPING SERIES

     

    Varroa Mite Testing & Treatment

    Sunday, March 31st - 9am to 11am

    Registration is Required - Limited Space Available

    Class Topic: Varroa Mite testing and treatment

    Class Location: The Valley Hive - 10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

    Parking: Please park on Topanga Canyon. FREE parking is available all day Sunday.

    Time:  Class starts at 9am

    Class Requirements:

    • This is an advanced class; Beekeeping 101 or equivalent required
    • Protective clothing - full bee suit; gloves; high top boots/shoes (no sandals or open shoes)
    • Bring a notebook and pen/pencil to take notes

    Price: $30 per person (discounted rate available if you sign up for all classes in the series). You will also receive a 10% discount for shopping in our store the day of class.

    SIGN UP FOR CLASS #3

    SIGN UP FOR ALL CLASSES IN THE 2ND YEAR BEEKEEPING SERIES 

     

    Beekeeping Experience - SOLD OUT

    Sunday, March 24th - 9am to 12pm

    Get a glimpse into hive life with this interactive 3-hour experience. You will learn first hand what it takes to be a beekeeper and what goes into taking care of honeybees. You will also join the beekeeper out in the bee yard and participate in the process of  inspecting hives by opening up actual bee boxes, holding a frame of bees, and learning how honey is extracted from the hive.

    $75 per person

    VIEW MORE BEEKEEPING EXPERIENCE DATES

     

     

    HIVE PAINTING WORKSHOP

    Sunday, March 24th - 1pm to 4pm

    Tired of your boring white bee box? Go from bland to BEE-utiful and turn your plain hive into a work of art. Your bees will be the envy of their neighborhood! Class instruction provided, along with paint, brushes and refreshments (of course!). Hive body sold separately. Purchase a deep hive body or complete hive on our website or at our bee store in Chatsworth.

    Price: $35 per person

    RESERVE YOUR SPOT

     

    SPRING BIRDCAGE WORKSHOP

    Sunday, April 7th - 1pm to 4pm

    Come join us in the Topanga Nursery as we celebrate Spring! Create a beautiful succulent arrangement inside of a decorative birdcage that will brighten up any space - indoors or out.  All materials will be provided, and step by step instruction is included.

    Price: $70 per person

    RESERVE YOUR SPOT

    How To Inspect A Hive

    Sunday, April 28th - 1pm to 3pm

    Registration is Required - Limited Space is Available

    Class Topic: Hive inspection techniques; what to look for during the first inspection after installing a package

    Class Location: The Valley Hive - 10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

    Parking: Please park on Topanga Canyon. Free parking is available all day on Sunday

    Time: Class starts at 1pm

    Class Requirements:

    • Protective clothing - full bee suit, gloves, high top boots or shoes (no sandals or open shoes)
    • Bring a notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes

    Price: $30 per person (discounted rate available if you sign up for all classes in the series). You will also receive a 10% discount off of purchases made in our store during class.

    SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS

    SIGN UP FOR ALL CLASSES IN THE 1ST YEAR BEEKEEPING SERIES

    Hive Inspection Techniques

    Sunday, April 28th - 9am to 11am

    Registration is Required - Space is Limited

    Class Topic: Hive Inspections

    Class Location: The Valley Hive - 10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

    Time: Class starts at 9am

    Class Requirements:

    • This is an advanced class; beekeeping 101 or equivalent is required
    • Protective clothing - full bee suit, gloves, high tops/boots (no sandals or open toed shoes)
    • Bring a notebook and pen/pencil to take notes

    Price: $30 per person (discounted rate available if you sign up for all classes in the series). You will also receive a 10% discount for shopping in our store the day of class.

    SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS

    SIGN UP FOR ALL CLASSES IN THE 2ND YEAR BEEKEEPING SERIES

     

     

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  • Holiday Wreath Making

    Oh what fun it is...

    Get into the holiday spirit with Wreath Making at the Topanga Nursery. During this two hour workshop, you will learn how to make a live succulent wreath that can be enjoyed long after the holiday season. The price of the class includes all the trimmings you will need to make and assemble your wreath. Our professional wreath maker will show you step by step directions and will be on hand to assist you in making your work of art.

    Where:  10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd

    When: December 9th from 12pm to 2pm

    Cost: $55

    Click HERE to sign up now. 

     

  • Shop Small Business Saturday in Chatsworth

     

    Enjoy Stress-Free Shopping...

    Save on Naked Bee Products

    Stop in anytime November 23-25 to take advantage of special holiday savings including 10% to 40% off of our extensive selection of Naked Bee products.

    Save on Honey and Gift Sets

    Check out our exclusive gift crates featuring honey and other unique gifts that everyone on your list is sure to love! Our Creamy Honey Gift Pack Trio features our seasonal Pumpkin Spice Creamy Honey, a new holiday favorite!

    Taste New Flavors

    Sample our newest products including Sprouted Nuts, Olive Oil and Loose Leaf Tea. Enjoy a cup of tea and complimentary yoga session in our nursery from 11am to 2pm on Small Business Saturday.

    Order Bees and Equipment Early and Save

    You will soon be able to reserve your packaged bees for Spring. Lock in last year's prices by ordering bees and equipment early.

    8th Annual Pastathon

    Once again The Valley Hive is collecting pasta and sauce for Caterina's Club, an organization which helps to feed more than 20,000 kids a week throughout Southern California. You can drop off donations anytime before December 7th at our Chatsworth location.

    FREE GIFT

    Come in between November 23 to November 25 and receive a FREE 2" plant or FREE 2 oz jar of honey!

    *while supplies last

  • Randy Oliver Visits The Valley Hive

     

    Randy Oliver with The Valley Hive owners, Keith Roberts and Danny Finkelstein

    The Valley Hive was buzzing with excitement as famed beekeeper, Randy Oliver, took to the stage to share his extensive knowledge and beekeeping experience with a crowd of more than a hundred Southern California beekeepers. The workshop on Sunday, August 26th, was sponsored by the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and was FREE to all LACBA members.

    Randy speaks all over the world and is well-respected and admired for his in depth research on honey bees. He is known for "evidence-based and scientifically-verified explanations of the biological processes occurring in the hive, as well as the effects of various management options." He does not prefer to offer his own opinions but rather provides information that beekeepers can use in order to make their own " better-informed practical management decisions."

    Randy Oliver speaks passionately about his work.

    After losing almost all of his hives at one point due to varroa mite, Randy decided to fight back! Armed with scientific knowledge from his background in biology and entomology, Randy and his team (consisting of his two sons) have worked tirelessly to find effective ways to combat the destructive varroa mite. His research is readily accessible on their website: ScientificBeekeeping.com.  

    Randy Oliver has bee wings Did you know spending too much time in the bee yard may cause you to sprout bee wings?

    Learn more about Randy Oliver's visit to The Valley Hive in an upcoming BLOG post coming out during the month of September.

  • Bloom at Griffith Park this Summer

     

    Bloom Show Fun For All

    The Valley Hive is excited to partner with BLOOM, an interactive, pop-up art show with nearly a dozen large-scale installation art pieces, spread out over 100,000 square feet of lush grass in Griffith Park on June 22, 23 & 24. Tickets are available now on their website. Use promo code: BUZZBUZZ to receive a discount on admission.

    Bloom Art Show The Valley Hive is partnering with BLOOM this summer to spread our love for bees through an interactive flower show.

     

     

    Check Out the Bees!

    honeybees make an appearance at BLOOM Our portable beehive will be on display to help explain the important jobs of honey bees.

     

     

    Roam through a honeycomb maze as you read incredible bee facts that about these amazing pollinators. Step up to the Observation Hive and watch as bees travel inside creating honeycomb and doing their jobs within the hive. Spot the queen bee as she moves from cell to cell laying eggs.

     

     

     

     

     

    Life is A Bed of Roses

    Life is a bed of roses. slumber in a bed of roses right in the middle of Griffith Park.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Picture-Perfect Fun Awaits You

    take a flower bath. Bathe in a sea of flowers outdoors!

    With giant dandelions to wish under, a rolling field of pinwheel poppies and a House of Flowers, you will be playing in rose petals and weaving yourself into a sea of jacaranda. We invite you to delight in our creations, snap a selfie (or 500), stick your toes in the soil, envelop yourself in the scent of wild jasmine, soak in a tub of fresh lavender and picnic under the flower tepees with us.

     

    BLOOM is a dynamic, mobile, interactive art show, with a goal to spread love and inclusiveness all around the United States and abroad.

    Don a flower crown and join us as we roll in rose petals and wish upon dandelions - outdoors this summer at the BLOOM show!

  • Bloom Into Spring Event - Sunday, May 6th at The Valley Hive

    Join us on Sunday, May 6th for fun, food, and activities. Bring mom and receive a special gift!

     

     

     

     

     

     Bloom Into Spring

    Honeybees collect pollen and nectar from flowers. Flowers rely on bees for pollination. Beekeepers are an intricate part of this equation, as many agricultural crops are dependent on bees for fruit and vegetable production. Join us on Sunday, May 6th as we celebrate this connection and season of growth and rebirth!

    Bees

    Did you know that bees need to visit 2 million flowers in order to make 1 pound of honey? Check out our Observation Hive - a fully functional hive encased in glass - and watch as bees come and go and communicate with the other bees inside of the hive. Sample raw, local honey and learn how bees create different flavors simply by the way they collect nectar from the plants.

    Flowers

    Get ready for Spring...make a flower pot for mom for Mothers Day! Plant some seeds and watch them grow! Learn what you can do in your garden to beautify any outdoor living space.

    Bloom LA

    The Valley Hive and Topanga Nursery are excited to announce our partnership with Bloom! BLOOM is an interactive, pop-up art show with nearly a dozen large-scale installation art pieces, spread out over 100,000 square feet of lush grass in Griffith Park on June 22, 23 & 24. Our friends from Bloom LA will be on hand to share information about their upcoming event and have planned a special interactive activity just for us featuring....flowers!!

    Celebrate The Queen Bee

    Bring your mom to the event and she will receive a special gift from us. Take advantage of special Mother's Day savings throughout the store and in the nursery on Sunday, May 6th ONLY!

    Fun - Food - Activities

    Bloom Into Spring with us in bee-u-ti-ful historical Chatsworth.  Sip lemonade in the garden as you commune with nature. Enjoy learning more about the craft of beekeeping and participate in other Spring-like activities.

    Shop and Save

    No matter what time of year, saving money is always in season! Shop with us on Sunday, May 6th and save on specially selected items throughout our gift store and in the nursery.

    Happy Anniversary to Us

    We have now been at our new location in Chatsworth - at the corner of Topanga and Chatsworth- for an entire year. If you haven't stopped by in awhile, now is the perfect time to visit! Our gift shop is overflowing with honey, lotions and balms, and other bee-related and local gifts. Browse through the Topanga Nursery and be amazed at the recent transformation. Plants of every shape, size, and variety and bursts of color abound throughout the luscious garden. Stop by and see for yourself. You will bee amazed at what we have done with the place!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Valley Hive Farmers Markets

    Everyone loves our honey!

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    You can now purchase our raw, local honey at Farmers Markets and other retail locations in the greater Los Angeles area.

    FARMERS MARKET LOCATIONS

    Calabasas Farmers Market Calabasas Farmers Market

    SUNDAY - Westlake Village, 10-2pm 2797 Agoura Rd.

    SUNDAY - Melrose, 10-2pm  8400 Melrose Avenue, W. Hollywood

    WEDNESDAY – Hermosa Beach Pier, 1-6pm, 1-11 Pier Avenue

    THURSDAY – Century City, 10-2pm, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd.

    THURSDAYL.A., 10-2pm, Fig at 7th, , 735 S Figueroa St.

    SATURDAY – Calabasas, 8-1pm, 23504 Calabasas Rd

    SATURDAY - Marina Del Rey, Kaiser, 9-2pm, corner of Panay Way and Villa Marina

     

    Please note: Farmers Market locations are subject to change. Before attending a market, confirm the location by calling The Valley Hive at 818-280-6500

    RETAIL LOCATIONS

    You can also buy our raw, local honey at the following retail locations:IMG_6603

    New Flooky's Restaurant, Canoga Parkhttp://thenewflookyscanogapark.com/

    Fields Market, West Hills: http://www.fieldsmarket.com/

    Humble Bee Cafe, Northridge: http://www.fieldsmarket.com/

    Milk Farm, L.A.: http://milkfarmla.com/

    We Olive, Pasadena: http://weolive.com/pasadena/

    Bristol Farms, Calabasas:  

    http://www.bristolfarms.com/locations/mulholland2/

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Joy of Cooking with Honey (from The Valley Hive)

    By Madison Newman

    Sweet, Wonderful Honey!

    With the holidays  fast approaching, it is never too early to begin preparing. We can all agree that the holidays and food go hand in hand. So when formulating your holiday meal plan, why not try to incorporate some honey?

    Honey & Holidays A Perfect Pair

    Yep, that’s right, wonderfully delicious honey pairs fantastically with a number of dishes.  Not only will the adding of honey into your cooking kick your food’s flavor into twelfth gear, but it will also endow your food with the health benefits that honey has to offer. Raw local honey can be used  to help alleviate allergies, serves as an energy booster due to the natural sugars present within honey, leads to healthy blood sugar management, lines the throat to reduce sore throat and cough, and the list goes on. You can probably understand why raw honey is often promoted as being a better substitute for sugar. Next time a dish calls for sugar, you can substitute raw honey in its place. However, your utilization of raw honey is not limited as merely a substitution for sugar; raw honey can be incorporated into recipes of all sorts. Be sure to come on over to The Valley Hive to pick up some of the different types of honey we carry to try out in your holiday recipes.

    Honey Glazed Turkey photo from All Recipes

    Thanksgiving

    Although this article is a little late for Thanksgiving this year, here are some ideas to keep in mind for next year. Thanksgiving is absolutely a food centered holiday. If you want to create a bountiful feast for family, and friends to enjoy whilst spreading thanks, try some of these honey enriched dishes. Turkey is crucial for a Thanksgiving dinner, but it can be easy to serve one that is bland and boring. However, with the help of this English Honey-Roasted Turkey recipe your turkey is sure to wow everyone at the table. Our light Sage Honey is a good choice for this recipe. It will add flavor, but will not make your turkey too sweet.

    Pomegranate Cider Bourbon photo from The National Honey Board
    Honey Apple Cider photo from Natasha's Kitchen

    Honey Beverages Are A Treat

    Now that the main dish is out of the way, you’ll need some drinks to wash down the food, and drown out family members (kidding!). Cider is a staple during the Fall months, therefore this recipe for Pomegranate Cider Bourbon Splash is just the trick for enhancing the Fall atmosphere. You, and your guests can console yourselves with the fact that at least your alcoholic beverage is a tad healthier with that dosage of honey added. Our strong and bold Buckwheat Honey should blend well with the other potent ingredients in this drink. For those of you who are seeking a non alcoholic beverage, either willingly, or by California state law, then this Honey Apple Cider  is a delicious honey drink for such an occasion.  You can use this cider in the Pomegranate Cider Bourbon Splash as well. Here our mellow and mild Sage Honey will not overpower the spices used in the cider, and will assimilate nicely into the drink.

    Cranberry Honey Pecan Pie
    photo from Food Network Kitchen

    Best for Last -- Dessert

    Finally, in case everyone is not yet in a food coma, this decadent dessert will get you all there. Instead of cranberry from a can, bake this honey flavored Cranberry Pecan Pie. We recommend our Orange Blossom Honey, a light honey with a citrus after taste that will couple nicely with the cranberry and pecan.

    Serve these honey dishes to your guests and you can be sure they will be thankful this Thanksgiving!

    Hanukkah & Honey

    Sweet Glazed Salmon photo by All Recipes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Rosh Hashana is not the only Jewish holiday that calls for honey. There are several dishes you can make for Hanukkah that utilize honey. For starters this Sweet Glazed Salmon recipe contains just a bit of honey to provide the salmon with an extra level of flavor. A touch of our Creamy Lemon Honey with the lemon juice will enhance the lemon flavor that fits so well with salmon.

    Honey Applesauce Recipe photo by Best Friends for Frosting

     

    If you are thinking about making some latkes this Hanukkah, then try this Homemade Honey Applesauce recipe to brighten them up. Cinnamon and apples are an unbeatable combination and adding our Creamy Cinnamon Honey into the mix will definitely kick this dish up a notch!

     

     

     

     

    Honey Donuts...Yum!

    Honey Donuts photo from Jewish Foods in the Hands of Heathons

    Another Hanukah favorite, made with honey and cinnamon are Sufganiyots, little fried donuts that are sometimes filled with jelly, topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon, or tossed in a honey or citrus syrup. Try making these with either our Creamy Cinnamon Honey or our sweet and rich Wildflower Honey.  Either option will make your sufganiyots pop with flavor! With honey recipes like this you will wish that Hanukkah was longer than eight days!

     

    Christmas

    Similar to Thanksgiving, Christmas is a time of year that unites people. Even though Christmas focuses upon gift giving, the bringing together of so many people makes food an inevitable staple of this holiday.

    Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham photo from the National Honey Board

    Honey & Ham is a Natural

    Turkey is the star of Thanksgiving, but ham steals the show come Christmas. If you want to present your guests with a beautifully succulent ham, then it is essential to glaze your ham. Glazes can contain pineapple, mustard, apricot, cherry, apple butter, maple, and all sorts of things you would never imagine paired with ham. Of course, honey makes for a fantastic glaze! This Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham is a surefire way to create a balance between sweet and savory this Christmas. An interesting honey to use for this glaze is our Citrus Avocado Honey. This honey is a smooth natural blend between the more intense Avocado honey, and the delicate Orange Blossom honey. A nice side is always important to pair with the main dish, but mundane mashed potatoes are not necessary with this exciting Roasted Root Vegetables with Honey and Herb Glaze. Some of our customers and employees have reported using our Avocado Honey, which has a molasses quality, for roasting vegetables. Now you can use it in this merry side dish.

    Honey Caramel Coffee photo from the Honey Board

    Christmas would not be complete without some tasty, toasty beverages. Why wait in an upsettingly long line while the person in front of you cannot decide between a tall or a grande? Instead create your own holiday beverage accompanied with honey such as this Honey Caramel Coffee . For a second, let’s just forget that we are located in Los Angeles and pretend we are in a winter wonderland where a hot beverage is always welcome. We recommend using our Wildflower Honey, or Creamy Cinnamon Honey to create this festive winter beverage!

     

    Cookies for Santa

    Honey Gingerbread Cookies photo from Honest Cooking

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Expecting Santa to climb down your chimney this Christmas? Then you better get to baking some cookies! Even if you do not put out cookies for the man in red, then baking cookies makes for a fun and delicious activity with those you cherish. Cut down on the white sugar, and add a little sweetness with honey with this Honey Gingerbread Men Cookies recipe that makes for a satisfying treat in between meals or as a nice compliment to some cocoa! Once again Creamy Cinnamon Honey comes to mind and can enhance the spice of these gingerbread cookies, or try Avocado Honey which will round out the flavor and add to the richness of your cookies.

    Visit Us

    If your mouth is watering, and your mind racing over the possibilities of honey in your holiday dishes please stop by our store today to sample all of our honey varieties.  Our honeys are distinct in flavor, so make sure to try them all to see what may fit best in your recipes. The honeys listed above are only recommendations. You can try any honey you prefer in these spectacular dishes. Don't delay! Hop in your sleigh and ride on down to The Valley Hive before the holiday season is over!

    Note: Please enter through our front entrance, and not the chimney.

    Thank you,

    The Valley Hive Elves

     

  • Black & Yellow Friday at The Valley Hive

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Find one of a kind bee gifts, plants and local honey at The Valley Hive & Topanga Nursery in Chatsworth. Stop by anytime between 8:30-5pm on Friday and Saturday and take advantage of our sweet holiday deals.

    Choose from bee related products such as beeswax candles, pollen, royal jelly, propolis and our specialty skin care line. Spuce up your kitchen with our bee towels and

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We are open 7 days a week from 8:30am-5:00pm
We have moved! Our new address is 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd. Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 280-6500
 
 
 
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