January Beekeeper’s Meeting

The Mendocino Coastal Beekeepers will meet on Thursday, January 11th at 6pm. This meeting will feature a Beginning Beekeepers lecture and demonstration.

Open to the public with an interest in knowing more about backyard beekeeping, questions for more advanced beekeepers will also be answered. At this time an advanced group order for bees and/or equipment can be taken.

Meeting at the Fort Bragg Library Community from 6 to 8pm, there is no charge. contact 707-964-8987 for more information.

– from Tanya Wyldflower

November Beekeeper’s Meeting

The Mendocino Coastal Beekeepers will meet on Thursday, November 9th at 6pm. This is an open meeting with all beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping invited. This month we will talk about gifts and products you can make with wax, honey and propolis. We will have a demonstration of how to make a hand cream and lip balm. Bring a little jar if want want to take a sample home. If you have some info to share please bring it. We will have handouts.

There is no charge. Meeting at the community room at the Fort Bragg Library. For more information call 707-964-8987.

– from Tanya Wyldflower

Also:

Good Morning, Thanks to each of you who has expressed an interest in participating the display BEE ART: A Pop-Up Gallery at Splendiferous. It will start on First Friday, November 3 and be on display through November. Janis Porter will be setting it up and hanging the art on Thursday afternoon, November 2. This “how to” article is interesting and states to do “…marketing buzz” http://www.wikihow.com/Set-Up-an-Art-Exhibition. Your Suggestions are welcome.

Many, many thanks to all of you for your interest in BEE ART. Thanks to Monica Wellington at Splendiferous for welcoming a display. Thanks to Janis for her art expertise. You’ll be delighted when you see the lovely painting Bee and Crocus by Kenneth Davis being used as the BEE ART: Pop-Up Gallery logo.Thanks to Kenneth!! Thanks to Mendocino Study Club and the Bee City Committee for their help with organizing a display.

Morning Thoughts on the sale of your art—Each artist can handle any sales possibilities, please, by having your contact available. Monica and her staff at Splendiferous Boutique don’t need that responsibility! If an item is for sale and if it sells, a donation to the Bee Friendly Garden at Guest House Park would be appreciated. NFS items can say so specifically (+ loaned from the collection of ……..).

This is the article that appeared in the Advocate-News on Thursday, Sept. 28. Thanks to Jane Person and to the Advocate!!

“Bee Art: A pop-Up Gallery” is planned to celebrate Fort Bragg’s designation as a Bee City, and organizations are seeking local artists for the loan of any paintings, sculptures, drawings, photos or other depiction of bees for this special display. This special event will take place during November at Splendiferous on the corner of Main Street and Laurel in Fort Bragg. A bee friendly garden is also planned for the Guest House Museum. Event organizers include the Fort Bragg Bee City Committee and the Mendocino Study Club. For more information contact Ruth Sparks at 707 961-1881 or email jsparks@mcn.org.

October Beekeeper’s Meeting: Honey and Mead Tasting

The Mendocino Coastal Beekeepers will meet on Thursday, October 12th at 6pm. This month we will have our honey tasting and mead sampling share. Even if you do not have a harvest from this year- if you have an interesting honey from out of the area- it is great fun to sample how different other honeys are. You can also bring any food item made with honey that you might want to share with the group. we will provide small cups and sticks for honey dipping. In addition, we will share some ideas on preventing honey robbing of weaker hives. This is an open meeting with all beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping invited.

There is no charge. Meeting at the community room at the Fort Bragg Library. For more information call at 964-8987.

Tanya & Darrell

Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 6pm – 8pm

Fort Bragg Library Community Room
499 E Laurel St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Please note the Bee Art pop-up gallery on display for November. Original bee art is being solicited for this event and will be returned at it’s ending.

Bee Codes in Fort Bragg City Limits

The City of Fort Bragg Community Development Committee is in the beginning process of updating our Bee Codes. If you would like to be a part of the process the first meeting is Tuesday, September 26th, 3pm at Town Hall 363 North Main Street.

Tuesday, September 26 – 3pm
Town Hall
363 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

View the agenda for the City Beekeeping Regulations here.

Fort Bragg California Town Hall

July Beekeeper’s Meeting

The Mendocino Coastal Beekeepers will meet again on Thursday, July 13th at 6pm. This is an open meeting with all beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping invited. This month we will show the film QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? This one hour movie is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel.
Queen of the Sun
Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

There is no charge. Meeting at the community room at the Fort Bragg Library. For more information call at 707-964-8987.

Tanya & Darrell

Thursday, July 13, 2017 • 6pm – 8pm

Fort Bragg Library Community Room
499 E Laurel St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Bee Bold Mendocino

June Beekeepers Meeting

The Mendocino Coastal Beekeepers will meet again on Thursday, June 8th at 6pm. This is an open meeting with all beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping invited. This month we will discuss bees and any bee questions anyone cares to ask/discuss. There is no charge. Meeting at the community room at the Fort Bragg Library. For more information call at 964-8987.

Tanya & Darrell

Thursday, June 8, 2017 • 6pm – 8pm

Fort Bragg Library Community Room
499 E Laurel St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Bee Bold Mendocino

April Beekeepers Meeting

The Mendocino Coastal Beekeepers will meet again on Thursday, April 13th at 6pm. This is an open meeting with all beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping invited. This month we will discuss getting bee packages and spring bee maintenance. There is no charge. Meeting at the community room at the Fort Bragg Library. For more information call Tanya at 707-964-8987.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 • 6pm – 8pm

Fort Bragg Library Community Room
499 E Laurel St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Purchasing Bees + Beekeeping Equipment in 2017

We will have catalogs available at our April meeting.

Bee Bold Mendocino

Bee City Read-Aloud Fun Day in Fort Bragg

Information from the Fort Bragg Library: http://fortbragglibrary.org/bee-city-read-aloud-fun-day/

Fort Bragg Library Event

Learn all about bees, their benefits to our crops, to the environment and to our lives, at this fun, bee-themed event.

Bee City Read-Aloud Event

Saturday, March 25 at the Fort Bragg Library 
499 E Laurel St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

10:30am – Noon Bee Stories*, Crafts, and Games

2pm – 3pm Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show

It’s going to be a beezy day! See you there!

*Stories count towards your child’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

March Beekeepers Meeting

The Mendocino Coastal Beekeepers will meet again on Thursday, March 9th at 6pm. This month we will discuss first year beekeeping and watch a DVD by Thom Carey of T&S Bee Farms on First Year Hive Management. There is no charge. Meeting at the community room at the Fort Bragg Library. For more information call Tanya Wyldflower at 707-964-8987.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 • 6pm – 8pm

Fort Bragg Library Community Room
499 E Laurel St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Purchasing Bees + Beekeeping Equipment in 2017

We will have catalogs available at the January and February meetings. Bees will not be for sale until April at the earliest.

Bee Bold Mendocino

Update from Thanksgiving Coffee

This is a blog post from Thanksgiving Coffee, regarding their cause coffee benefiting Friends of the Earth, and their local efforts to save the bees in Mendocino. Read the entire article at www.thanksgivingcoffee.com/bee-bold-update/

In February of 2016, Thanksgiving Coffee made a commitment to honor a species that is necessary for the continued existence of the planet. Humans, plants and animals alike rely on bees for survival, and they decided it was time to start paying attention.

Friends of the Earth

At the end of 2015, much of the Western world was discussing Colony Collapse Disorder. Bees were dying across America and some European countries. Beekeepers and environmental experts were teaming up to raise awareness, and here in Fort Bragg, Paul Katzeff (co-founder and CEO of Thanksgiving Coffee) got an email from Friends of the Earth. It asked:

“Donate $25. Help us save the bees!”

He immediately wrote back, and explained a partnership concept to raise $100,000 using coffee. A year later, that partnership has grown into a movement. Thanksgiving Coffee Company created a product: Bee Bold Coffee. For every bag sold, they donate between 15 and 25% of the proceeds to Friends of the Earth, in support of their efforts to create legislation to protect our pollinators.

In addition, Bee Bold Coffee sold in Mendocino County supermarkets provides the funding for Bee Bold Mendocino, an organization Thanksgiving Coffee formed to help focus efforts on our local bee populations. (see below)

Fundraising Update

Since Thanksgiving Coffee began this journey in 2016, we have sold over 1,600 pounds of Bee Bold Coffee through our online store, and over a thousand pounds through local supermarkets in Mendocino County. They’ve raised over $11,000 for Friends of the Earth, and $1,500 for our local Bee Bold Mendocino committee.

bEE bOLD

READ MORE ON THE THANKSGIVING COFFEE WEBSITE