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All About Bees...And More

Join us as we learn all about bee keeping from Doug Smith, President of Bees at Home Doug will share with us how to get started with bee keeping by renting or owning a hive, what makes a bee hive a bee hive, safety tips for handling bees, and the myriad benefits of honey and bees to our health and food production. Those curious enough will have the opportunity to see the inside of a hive and the wonderful work of the bees in spring time. Note that a legal waiver will be required for this. During the potluck, we will share in a honey tasting of the various honeys Doug has collected.

About our hosts

Our hosts for the event are Cheryl and Eric, bee hosts and designers of a net zero energy home in Los Altos Hills that has a 100% geothermal heating and cooling system that is powered entirely by a solar photovoltaic panel system that also provides enough electricity to recharge their electric car on a daily basis.  The home also has both rainwater and gray water capture systems, an edible rooftop garden, a living roof, California native landscape, fruit orchard, and chicken coop. 

Because of the location of this event, we encourage carpooling. For those who RSVP, please reach out to others via the comments to let others know if you are interested in carpooling or driving.


A bit of work and tour: As people arrive we will spend time removing the invasive plants and weeds that are competing with native plants for space in Cheryl and Eric's garden. We will tour the rooftop garden and the living roof, the California native landscape and fruit orchard, the chicken coop, and have an opportunity to see the solar panels and mechanical rooms.

Demonstration and instruction:  We will learn the art of bee keeping, options for having a bee hive (own, rent, share), the tools and equipment needed, and safety precautions. Beginning to experienced bee keepers are welcome.

Potluck and socializing:  Finally we will spend some time eating all the wonderful food from our gardens and tasting various honeys.

What to bring

For this event, please bring any of the following:

• Gardening tools:  gloves, a shovel, spading fork, trowel, weeding tools

• Food items from your yard to exchange with other members (if you have any)

• Potluck item that either contains something that you have picked from your yard or something that you would like in the future to come from your yard

• If you are interested in getting close to the bee hive, you must wear or bring a light-colored long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants, close-toed shoes, and a hat. Doug will bring extra veils for a handful of people to wear over the hat (the veils are meant to be worn over a hat). A legal waiver will be required to get close to the hive.

• Some good positive energy

About Urban Farmers Cooperative

The Urban Farmers Cooperative events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch in on a project at the host's location. Here is what we do:

• We meet to help out a fellow host farmer

• We do some work, exchange ideas, and learn something at the same time

• We bring food from our gardens and share all the wonderful foods we are raising

• After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring

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Our goal is to bring our community together through safe and fun learning events.

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  • Annie

    Wonderful day. Thanks to everyone who attended, both old-timers and new-bees. Thanks as well to Cheryl & Eric for welcoming us into their inspirational home, and to Doug for sharing his knowledge of bees. I always love the array of food we get to eat at our Meetups and this was one no exception. My favorite honey was created by Italian bees, and the Hawaiian ones took a close second as did the African honey.

    2 · May 18, 2014

  • Jon B.

    Hi Everyone- I just posted photos- There were so many good shots from this event so I posted a lot of them. Please tag photos of yourself if you can. Hope everyone had a great time. See you soon.

    4 · May 18, 2014

    • Annie

      Wow, Jon, all of the photos are terrific. Thanks so much.

      May 18, 2014

  • Barbara Haerther Du M.

    Wonderful presentation by Doug and some very tasty honey to try. I like the African best. Great food and wonderful hosts. Thanks to Cheryl and Eric! Annie, thanks for all your work in organizing this meet-up. Glad to meet our first-timers. Hope you will join us again.

    3 · May 18, 2014

  • Jon B.

    Amazing, inspirational, educational and a wonderful time with great people. Thank you Cheryl and Eric for opening your beautiful home to us, Thank you Doug for a great talk on Bees, Thank you Annie for organizing this event And THANKS to all who came, did some work and participated in this event. Hope to see you all again soon.

    2 · May 18, 2014

  • Whitney

    I posted the recipe for the honey cookies in the discussions. Hope everyone likes them!

    3 · May 18, 2014

  • Mark Y.

    Joani and I really enjoyed learning about the bees and tasting all of the wonderful honey.

    3 · May 18, 2014

  • Dee

    We just realized that Terry cannot make it for this event as he is involved in the" Airport Appreciation Day" in San Martin today. Kids FLY for FREE in an airplane. 5/17/2014 South County Airports. San Martin. HWY 101 South (San Martin) Exit. Sorry! For informing so late. Hope Mark can use our spots.

    May 17, 2014

  • Katrina

    I have spots in my car and am coming from Willow Glen!

    May 14, 2014

    • Mark Y.

      Hi Katrina. Joani and I live near Willow Glen. Do you still have space for two?

      May 16, 2014

    • Katrina

      I'm so sorry for the late notice! I am unable to attend the event. Late last night, I learned that I have a family obligation AT 1, instead of 10. I'm sorry, and wish you guys a wonderful day!!

      May 17, 2014

  • Katrina

    And everyone have a wonderful time!!!

    May 17, 2014

  • Katrina

    Just learned last night that my brother's performance is at 1, rather than in the late morning! I'm super bummed. Please have another one of these soon!

    May 17, 2014

  • Paul++

    I'm super-interested in Beekeeping (but, having a schedule conflict, cannot attend this event) ... looking forward to similar opportunities soon!

    May 16, 2014

  • sue

    I paid for an organic beekeeping class in Palo Alto on Saturday so I have to let someone else take my spot.

    May 15, 2014

  • Ritu

    Don't like to miss it but I will have guests and cannot make it to the event. Have fun you guys!

    May 14, 2014

  • Annie

    CARPOOL from Annie's house, 1232 Castlemont Avenue, San Jose (Winchester/Payne Avenues) this Saturday. I can bring 4 extra people. I will be leaving around 12:20pm since I am helping to coordinate this event.

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Judy F.

    Do we have an address yet? I'll be coming from the Foothill campus.

    May 13, 2014

  • sue

    I just got a hive May 1st!

    4 · May 12, 2014

  • Mary Sistig P.

    I normally would be at pottery class this day in Sunnyvale but it was cancelled due to The Hands on Arts festivities this day! I am looking forward to learning more!

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Ashwani T.

    Sorry, I had to change the RSVP to NO, because my daughter is graduating from UCSF on 16th and family/friends get together on 17th.

    May 7, 2014

  • Brennan C.

    Wish I could go. I have another seminar that day.

    May 6, 2014

  • Annie

    If you are interested in getting close to the bee hive, you must wear or bring a light-colored long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants, close-toed shoes, and a hat. Doug will bring extra veils for a handful of people to wear over the hat (the veils are meant to be worn over a hat). A legal waiver will be required to get close to the hive.

    May 6, 2014

  • Annie

    We encourage CARPOOLING to this event. If you are interested in carpooling as a driver or a passenger, please reach out to others who have RSVP’d to arrange a carpool. Thank you.

    May 6, 2014

  • Ashwani T.

    Saturday, April 26,[masked]:00 AM
    to Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2:00 PM

    Do we need a correction to this sentence in timing?

    Saturday May 3, 2014 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    April 6, 2014

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