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Classes

  • BEEKEEPING CLASSES AND NURSERY WORKSHOPS

    2019 CLASS SCHEDULE

    Below is a list of classes currently being offered by The Valley Hive and Topanga Nursery. Please note, while our classes are kid friendly, all minors must be accompanied by a parent.

    JANUARY 2019

     

    CSUN Gardening Series

    Backyard Beekeeping: What's the Buzz About?

    January 19th,

    9am to 11am

    Botanic Garden LogoDiscover the important role of the honeybee on a local, state, and global level, and what we can do to protect them.  The Valley Hive resident beekeeper, Keith Roberts will provide an insider's view of the benefits and risks of keeping bees, along with general information on how to get started in beekeeping. "Even if a homeowner doesn't want to host a hive, there are plenty of reasons to welcome honeybees to the garden," states Brenda Kanno, manager of the CSUN Botanic Garden. "Bountiful fruit and vegetable production often depends on the industrious pollination actions of honeybees." This is a FREE class. Registration is required. Please E-mail botanicgarden@csun.edu to request a space in the class or for more information. Driving and parking instructions, as well as the class meeting location, will be sent upon registration.

     

    Beekeeping Resolutions

    January 20th,

    1pm to 2pm

    Resolve to bee (keep) better in 2019. Tell us about your beekeeping wins and losses in 2018 and learn about improvements you can make to be a more successful beekeeper in the upcoming year. Open to all beekeepers. There is no charge for this class.

     

     

     

    2nd Year in Beekeeping

    January 27th,

    1pm to 3pm

    This series of classes is open to all beekeepers who have taken beekeeping 101 or equivalent. This will be the first class of a series designed to pick up where Beekeeping 101 classes left off. Participants will work together on various assignments and will learn about advanced beekeeping practices. There is no charge for this first class. There will be a fee for subsequent classes.

     

    FEBRUARY 2019

     

    Valentine's Day Heart Wreath Making Workshop

    February 3rd

    1pm to 3pm

    Love is in the air! Join us in the Topanga Nursery for a special Valentine's Day wreath making class. During this two hour workshop, participants will learn how to make a live succulent wreath that can be enjoyed long after Valentine's Day. The price of the class includes all the materials 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. Class Price: $60    Sign Up Here.

     

    LACBA Beekeeping 101

    February 10th,

    9am to 12pm

     

    The Valley Hive hosts beekeeping classes for the Los Angeles County Beekeeping Association (LACBA) on the 2nd Sunday of each month from February thru October. The first class of the season will meet at The Valley Hive located at 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd. Parking is available on Topanga Cyn Blvd all day on Sunday. Please park on the street to avoid parking lot congestion. Classes are open to all paid LACBA members. For more information and to become a member, refer to the LACBA website. 

     

    Level 1 Beekeeping

    Equipment, Hive Placement, & Ordinance Requirements

    February 24th,

    9am to 11am

    This introductory class is designed to help 'newbees' become familiar with basic equipment and ordinance requirements. This is the first class in The Valley Hive Beekeeping Level 1 Series. $30. Class size is limited to 40 people.

     

     

    Additional beekeeping classes and workshops will be added to this page. Stay tuned. Also, follow us on facebook and join our email list to stay up to date on all events at The Valley Hive and Topanga Nursery.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Beekeeping Classes with the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association (LACBA)

    updated 1-3-19

    Beekeeping at The Valley Hive

    The Valley Hive is looking forward to hosting the 2019 Beekeeping 101 Classes for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association (LACBA). The first class of the season will be on Sunday, February 10th from 9-12pm. All classes will be held on the second Sunday of the month. 

    CLASS SCHEDULE

    Class #1: Sunday., 2/10/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Preparing to Be a Beekeeper; Is Beekeeping Right for You, Things to Consider, Benefits, What Do I Need? (NO BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive's store: 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

    Class #2: Sunday, 3/10/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Putting together a hive box; placement of your hive; installing a package. (NO BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive's store: 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Chatsworth, CA 91311. (DAYLIGHT SAVINGS DAY!)

    Class #3:  Sunday, 4/14/19, 9am-noon. Topics: How to install a bee package. Inspecting your hive. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

    Class #4:  Sunday, 5/12/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Inspecting your hive. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

    Class #5:  Sunday, 6/09/19,  9am-noon. Topic: Treating for pests. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

    Class #6:  Sunday, 7/14/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Treating for pests. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

    Class #7:  Sunday, 8/11/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Splitting a hive, honey extraction. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

    September:  No Bee Class. We will be volunteering on various dates at the Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth, sharing our beekeeping knowledge and experience to educate others.

    Class #8: Sunday, 10/13/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Last class of the 2018 season. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive - TBD.

    In Beekeeping Class 101 you learn the basics of beekeeping. This is a great class for beginning beekeepers and an excellent refresher course.

    Our goal: To walk you through an entire season of keeping bees.

    You’ll learn:

    • Care of ourselves and others as we learn responsible beekeeping in an urban environment
    • Protective clothing (bee suit, hat, veil, gloves, etc.)
    • Construction of a hive
    • Safe placement of a hive
    • How to approach a hive
    • Stages of life cycle within a colony
    • General maintenance of a hive
    • Troubleshooting in the hive
    • Diseases, mites, moths, and their treatment
    • What to do if you come in contact with an aggressive hive
    • Bee stings

    Beekeeping References

    Starting Your First Backyard Hive

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    Stop In For A Visit

    We invite you to stop by anytime during regular business hours, so that we can answer any of your questions or help you with your beekeeping needs.  We are buzzed to be a part of your beekeeping journey!

    The Valley Hive business hours:
    Open daily from 8:30-5pm
    10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth
    (818) 280-6500

     

  • Starting your First Backyard Hive

    So...you are thinking about becoming a Backyard Beekeeper and starting your first Backyard Hive.  Perhaps you are a little apprehensive about starting a hobby that involves thousands of stinging insects.  We, at The Valley Hive understand because we, too, are beekeepers who were once in your shoes! In fact, we started The Valley Hive so we could help people just like you! Our primary goal is to help ensure your success as a Backyard Beekeeper.  We are the first and only business of its kind in the San Fernando Valley, offering person to person assistance at our store, located in Chatsworth just south of the 118 freeway.  Come visit our showroom where you can not only see, touch and feel the products we carry, but you can also try on a beesuit and even see an actual functioning glass Observation Beehive. Our knowledgeable staff is eager to help with all of your beekeeping needs, and will make sure that you do not leave until all of your questions have been answered! As we begin the 2017 beekeeping season, we hope that you will take advantage of the checklist below detailing all of the items you will need to get through your first year of beekeeping.

    your first backyard hive

    Remember, we are here to help with your beekeeping needs, and you can also check out our website to learn more about the products and services we offer including  Beekeeping Equipment, Hive Components, and Protective Gear.  Visit us at your earliest convenience, so we can help get you suited up and ready to receive your bees!

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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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