Collaboration with the UCD Dept of Entomology & Nematology
Quick Look: Resources for Beekeepers and Interested Individuals
The Department of Entomology and Nematology is renowned for its quality research, education and public service. The department hosts
Master Beekeeping Program
The interest in bees and beekeeping is growing throughout the country. This is a way to encourage beekeeping at the urban and homesteader levels, small hobbyists who would like to share their knowledge. We hope to include the various bee clubs throughout the state and encourage beginning beekeepers to be associated with a mentor in order to ensure an ongoing interest in keeping bees and helping others to do the same. It will be long time until there are too many beehives in any given area.
The Apprentice Level program has debuted with two tests on September 11, 2016 and September 18, 2016 with 51 new Apprentice level Master Beekeepers. Applications for next year are open.
Our team members:
Apiculture Extention and Research, Entomology and Nematology
Staff Research Associate III, Entomology and Nematology
Writer, American Bee Journal and Bee Culture
Apiculturist, Emeritus, University of Delaware
Director, Honey & Pollination Center
With funding from:
- Honey & Pollination Center
- College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
- Kaiser Foundation
- Spring Creek
For more information, please visit the official page: HERE
Join the CAMBP Newsletter: HERE
Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Educational Initiative
Developing a program to help grade school students learn about honey bees and pollinators--program to be premiered in Fall 2016.
- Developing a tour curriculum
- Hands-on program
- Student-led tours
Map to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven
Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy
Saturday, May 7, 2016
UC Davis was recently ranked #1 nationally for its Department of Entomology and Nematology, and continues to lead the way in agricultural innovation and sustainability, in part through fostering pollinator-related research and conferences, like the Bee Symposium.
The 2017 Bee Symposium will be on Sunday, May 7, 2017, preceded by the first annual California Honey Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Take a look at our 2016 Bee Symposium: HERE
What's Happening Locally?
UC Davis one of the world's leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions in agriculture, offering short courses, extension courses, and classes for individuals of all levels.
The UC Davis College of Agriculture is #1 of its kind in the world. The Department of Food Science & Technology is internationally recognized to make food safer, tastier, and healthier for consumers. The department hosts many various extension programs and seminars for diverse areas of the food industry, including brewing, cheese making, food processing, food safety, and more.
The R. M. Bohart Museum of Entomology, founded in 1946, is located on the University of California, Davis campus. The museum is dedicated to teaching, research and service. They have the seventh largest insect collection in North America, and is worldwide in coverage. Hours are open to the public Monday through Thursday (9:00AM - 12:00PM, 1:00PM - 5:00PM) and open house/special weekend hours.
With 100-acres of beautiful gardens, plant collections and exhibits, this 24-hour free garden is one not to miss. They have occasional plant sales, guided tours, and even folk jam sessions for anyone interested. Check out their calendar of events: HERE.
The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a unique outdoor museum where visitors can observe and learn about bees and the plants that support them. It was planted in Fall 2009 thanks to a generous gift from Häagen-Dazs. The garden is open year-round, from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. Guided tours are $3 per person.
The California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) is located at the University of California, Davis to help Californians develop more water-conserving, pest-resistant and disease-resistant home gardens, create environmentally sound public landscapes and parks, produce better plant materials for sustainable urban landscapes, and to address the state's growing water demands to improve the quality of urban life.
Want to learn more about honey and bees or take your business to the next level?
Since 1960 UC Davis Extension has been offering continuing education courses to the greater Sacramento region and beyond. Areas of study include: Agriculture and Food Science, Environment and Sustainability, Land Use and Natural Resources, and more. Expand your knowledge base with these courses open to everyone.
Good Food Awards
Amina Harris is the Chair of the honey division of the Good Food Awards. Every year, applications open in July and awards are given in July. This year, winners from 13 different categories will be awarded: beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, pickles, preserve, spirits, oil and the newest category, pantry.
Your Own Garden
Interested in helping bees at your personal home? Check out these links to help you make your garden more bee-friendly.
- Picking Your Plants
- Managing Your Lawn
- All you need to know to develop your lawn using little or no pesticides: HERE
- Gardening Tips
- Tips to attract bees by CCUH: HERE
Beekeeper's Clubs & Associations
Beekeeper's Association of Southern California (BASC)
California State Bee Keepers Association
Central Valley Beekeepers Association
Delta Bee Club
Los Angeles County Beekeepers
Marin County Beekeepers Association
Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association
Orange County Beekeepers Association
Partners for Sustainable Pollination
Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association
Sonoma County Beekeepers Association
Central Oregon Beekeepers Association
Oregon Bee Clubs list, site & contact information
Oregon State Beekeepers Association
Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association
Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association
Washington State's Beekeeping Association list of local groups
Interested in learning more? Here are some links we love.
- Science behind Honey's Eternal Shelf Life
- Report on the national Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health, 2012
- Dr. Marla Spivak; TED talk Summer 2013
- Dr. Neal Williams surprising work on sustainable pollination
- Bee Friendly Garden ideas
- Visit the Haagen-Dazs Honeybee Haven and learn more!
- Entomology department blog Bug Squad
- Elina Nino's quarterly updates
- Randy Oliver’s Scientific Beekeeping
- Bee Informed
- About Pollination and how to plant wonderful gardens
- Bee Culture Magazine and Kim Klottum’s blog Catch the Buzz
- American Bee Journal
- National Honey Board – GREAT recipes and other information
- Bee Source - an online community of beekeepers and beekeeping
- Honey Bee Awareness day!
- American Mead Makers Association
- California Master Beekeepers Program