Thankfully, there is a wealth of information online and in books about beekeeping.  Some of it is really good!  Some of it deserves questioning.  Beekeepers love to share their (multiple) opinions about their passion.  The best beekeepers are those people which think critically to address the needs of their livestock.  So, one more time for the people in the back: A BEEKEEPER SHOULD CONTINUALLY EDUCATE THEMSELF  


The buttons below allow you to download a copy of the slideshow that I presented to the Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association in June 2016 or take you to the audio/slide show mash up.

Below are the websites of some of my contemporary beekeeping heroes:

Randy Oliver at

Micheal Bush at

Wyatt Mangum at is also another great forum to find out more information for all questions beekeeping.  If you have a question, there is a likely chance that it has already been answered here.  I read it frequently.  An often overlooked part of Beesource is their Point of View Section.

The Writings of Ed and Dee Lusby can be found in that about Point of View Section.

Micheal Palmer.  Search Youtube for his talk about "The Sustainable Apiary" 

Kirk Webster

Marla Spivak, Professor of Entomology  at the University of Minnesota has a TED talk available here.


The USDA has some good information about honeybee pests and diseases.

USDA pest and disease information

Also did you know that the USDA will test your bees for disease for FREE?  here's the link with more information

San Francisco Bay Area Beekeeping Clubs

It is a great idea to join your local beekeeping club.  It is possible to meet future mentors and find answers and resources for your bee-related questions here.  Club usually operate at the county level.

Marin County Beekeepers meets first Thursday of each month, 7:30 PM, American Legion Log Cabin, 20 Veterans Place, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Contra Costa County Beekeepers meets second Thursday of each Month, 7:30pm, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill 94523

San Mateo County Beekeepers Guild meets first Thursday of each month, 7:30 PM, at 751 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont CA

Alameda County Beekeepers Club meets second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 PM, at the Rotary Nature Center, at Lake Merritt, 552 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

Santa Clara Valley Beekeeper's Club meets first Monday of each month, 7:00 PM (times vary), at the San Jose Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Road, San Jose CA 95117

Sonoma County Beekeepers meets second Monday of each months, 7:00pm, at Wine Country Honey, 2971 Guerneville RD, Santa Rosa, CA