Advanced Beek Meeting

A monthly meetup of treatment-free beekeeping lectures and discussions. (Formerly BBK meetings). For the serious amateur beekeeper who has already attended most of the 2nd Saturday workshops and Sanctuary mentoring. Ideal for those with one or more hives in urban and semi-urban settings.

This month's speaker: Josip Benko 

Josip Benko was born in Croatia, formerly Yugoslavia. His father kept bees there, and two of his three brothers are also beekeepers. Some of the methods he has developed in his beekeeping practice are descended from traditional ways he learned in his youth, but the climate in Southern California demands other solutions which he has invented. Josip's day job is that of a pastor; he feels that working with bees dovetails nicely with his religious views of the world. His purpose as a beekeeper is to provide help for bee survival; he does not sell any bee product and gives most of his honey away. Josip keeps about 100 hives near Temecula.

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  • Clare S.

    Josip Benko brought several empty hive boxes, and explained his experimentation with the size/configuration/adaptations of the various boxes, and results that he found. In the process, he illuminated a few problem areas that I have found, and I'm anxious to try out his methods. Very informative and useful. Thanks!

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Walker

    so sorry I couldn't make it sounds like a wonderfully informative meeting,looking forward to coming next month.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Tyson

    Having an informed discussion was really worthwhile, I appreciated the level of discussion. Josip was really a wellspring of information, I'm happy is part of our collective experience!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • David S.

    Great information!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • rawyogaman

    Josip is a one of kind, a creative, practical, no-nonsense guy with much different experience than anyone I've ever heard talk about bees. THANKS JOSIP!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Ruth A.

    It was a great first meeting, and I look forward to more speakers and topics with the quality of presentation that Josip Benko brought! It was great to have some new faces and many familiar ones there too!

    2 · October 27, 2013

  • Teri

    Josip Benko was a very informative speaker with many creative solutions for urban been keeping. Thank you Josip, thank you HoneyLove (and Ruth!) for organizing a very worthwhile meeting.

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • David S.

    Looking forward to it!

    October 22, 2013

  • ceebs

    P.S. We'll have coffee and hot tea and water, that sort of thing. Feel free to bring a snack to share with the group if you like. For those of you who haven't been here before, you can park on Holdredge, along Jefferson west of Holdredge or in the little parking lot next to the red brick building. The entrance to the building faces Jefferson. We'll have directionals posted.

    October 21, 2013

  • Roberta K.

    Did the message board for the group disappear on purpose?

    October 21, 2013

    • ceebs

      Berta, I am seeing the discussion board and am able to post. I'll do a test just to make sure. Is that what you're referring to?

      October 21, 2013

  • Ruth A.

    We're gearing up for a great meeting, with Josip Benko speaking about his unique woodenware solutions, and other aspects of his gentle approach to beekeeping.

    2 · October 21, 2013

  • Jacqueline

    I find the BBK (rip) meetings invaluable, but as an eastsider (highland park) I avoid driving to the westside like foulbrood disease. any chance of holding something on the other side of town??

    September 13, 2013

    • ceebs

      No. After five years of the westsiders and southsiders driving to the eastside for meetings, this is perhaps a fair compromise. Foulbrood disease?

      September 18, 2013

    • Jacqueline

      jokes, Ceebs. no disrespect to Honeylovers (myself included!)

      October 10, 2013

  • Roberta K.

    Do you have a topic yet for this meeting?

    October 9, 2013

  • Linda

    I'd like to come too.

    September 24, 2013

  • Walker

    looking forward

    1 · September 24, 2013

  • Brooke

    I'd like to go to this, but I'm still new and have only been to one Sanctuary mentoring so far. If there's something I can do to catch up in the meantime and get my next level bee belt, I'm in.

    September 12, 2013

    • ceebs

      There are the 2nd Saturday events that have more beginner-level information and the HoneyLove lending library and GoodReads page as well as online resources. Keep going to Moorpark sessions and possibly find a mentor here at the meeting.

      September 18, 2013

  • susan r.

    There is always the car-pool concept which I often did when the meetings were on your side of town!

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • rawyogaman

    sat nam c u there

    September 13, 2013

  • Gardenerd

    I don't feel very advanced, but I'd like to know more about the critters living in our hive.

    September 13, 2013

  • Ann

    Hello, I'll attend. I came to a sanctuary mentoring a while back, now have a hive, and look forward to more info! p.s. i love my hive.

    September 12, 2013

  • Tyson

    I shall.

    September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to be there!

    September 12, 2013

  • pigneguy

    hope i can mek it !

    September 12, 2013

  • ceebs

    YAY BEES. YAY L.A. BEES. YAY LEARNING.

    1 · September 3, 2013

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