Author Archives: Mark
This month’s meeting March 28th, 2013

Thank you to everyone that came out to the Beekeeping 101 event April 25th. According to my sign-in sheet, we had 62 people in attendance. I (as well as others) have some great pictures of 60+ beekeepers all in “moon suits” walking up the hill to the apiary location. It is really something to see. […]

Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Research

     I was excited to see the new Haagen-Dazs ice cream flavor as well as the new bee information labels in my local supermarket freezer. At the request of Dr. Eric Mussen and Dr. Sue Cobey of UC Davis, I brought two observation hives to the Dreyers/Haagen-Dazs sales convention that was held in Las Vegas last year to answer questions about […]

CDFA Information on Pesticide Damage to Your Bees

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) offers a good article, in .pdf form, on the indicators of pesticide poisoning of honey bees. This article also provides information to beekeepers, growers, pesticide applicators, and general agriculture industry on how to protect against pesticide drift to honey bees. Click on the link here:

Our next Hands-On Beekeeping field trip!

Okay, so you can purchase the hive, you can even purchase a queen and bees, but what do you do then? Maybe you have even read the books that are recommended. You are ready… yet you are still waiting for something or someone to help you get started. Well, you are in luck! BASC offers field trips to an experienced member’s beeyard […]

Healthy Bee Products

Yahoo Health has an article discussing the many healthy products made by bees. Some include: honey for sore throat, honey as the ultimate antibiotic for cuts and scrapes, royal jelly, pollen and diet, and uses for propolis. Please go to:

Why Choose Beekeeping as a Hobby or Profession?

Why Choose Beekeeping as a Hobby or Profession?          Beekeeping truly is one of the worlds oldest professions, closely linked to the development of agriculture in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Though we have learned much about how honey bees accomplish such amazing things, each new discovery leads to new questions to ask, and new secretes […]

Why are Honey Bees and Beekeeping Important?

Why are Honey Bees and Beekeeping Important?      Honeybees do much more than just make honey. one third of the U.S. diet depends on honey bee pollination. Honey bees provide 80% of pollination for vegetable, fruit, seed and flower crops. They also pollinate the forage crops fed to dairy and meat animals. In this way, […]


A new product has been developed that is designed to increase the effectiveness of both pollination and brood build-up. The product is called Superboost, developed by Pherotech International, Inc. This product is being distributed by Mann Lake Ltd, who brought literature and some sample materials to the California State Beekeepers Convention last November. At the […]

Books for Beginners

Many questions that new and potential beekeepers have usually ends with book recommendations. Books do not replace actual physical experience, yet the opposite is also true. The knowledge and true reasoning behind honey bee behavior, physiology, and pathogens can not be correctly understood by simple observation. Beekeeping for Dummies is probably the best book for beginners. […]