General Meetings

General meetings are held at 6:00 pm the first Thursday of each month except December. See the “Meetings Tab” or click HERE for more information.

Seeds for Change VOTE

Seeds for Change.  We need your vote.  If you a member of the Co-Op, please vote for use.  We were so close last year so this year we need to bee-line straight to the winers circle.

Seeds for Change is an annual round-up program held by the Co-op that will continue for a complete month, for the organizations chosen.

Each year, all qualified organizations/applicants are put on a list and Co-op members vote for their favorite nine.  The Co-op predesignates round-up months for Food for People, Twin Pines Community Fund, and the Co-op Pumpkin Patch. This program would have the possibility of grossing HCBA $7,000 to $12,000.  We would be tabling whenever possible, at least 2 days/wk.  Funds donated would be used to:

Bring quality speakers to our monthly zoom and in-person meetings to educate attendees about the multitude of aspects of keeping bees and planting for all pollinators.

  1. Buy educational materials to bring to local schools to educate the next generation of beekeepers and pollinator-planters.
  2. Help people with low income enroll in the California Master Beekeeper Program and maintain the Humboldt County CAMBP satellite hub.
  3. Resurrect the Bee-fest after a 4 year absence!! (It’s very time- and labor- intensive, and we don’t make money, but boy do we have fun!! Observation hives, music, food, local goods, mead, honey tasting, etc, etc
  4. To promote and to educate the public on the importance of beekeeping and native pollinators in our bio-region; biodiversity and pollinator gardening.

So, to all Co-op members:  PLEASE VOTE, TEAM HCBA!!!   Watch the Co-op web page starting October 25, 2023: Click HERE to vote for HCBA.  You may be able to vote in person if you prefer, see customer service.

Upcoming Classes 

Cal Poly Humboldt Extended Education will offer two beekeeping classes in 2024, taught by Dick LaForge and Jeannine Kaprielian.

PRACTICAL BEEKEEPING is for people new to beekeeping, and those who what to upgrade their skills in a comprehensive way.

You will gain skills you need to  keep honeybees for honey, pollination, other hive products, and enjoyment. You will learn honeybee biology, beekeeping equipment, and management techniques.  You will have the opportunity to buy bees in April.  The textbook is Beekeeping for Dummies, 5th edition, 2020, by Howland Blackiston.

The class will be Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, February 5 to May 6.  No class March 11 and April 1.  Cost is $195.  There will be 4 field trips, Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00 PM, dates to be arranged.
The class will be at HSU.

BEE YARD EXPERIENCE is for those who have taken Practical Beekeeping, have beekeeping experience, and may be taken along with Practical Beekeeping.

All classes are at the bee yards of the instructors and students.  We will follow the progress and challenges of the hives, assess their condition, and plan strategies for guiding them to good health and production.
The class will be Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, February 11 to May 5.  No class March 17.  Cost is $195.

For more information, interested persons can call Dick at 707-443-2626 or Jeannine at 707-599-0366.

To get class details and to register:    707-822-3731.