Scott allowed us to save the bees. The bees were living above his porch for 2 years and it was time for them to move on. Check out the great video he shot.
On Friday afternoon a swarm decided to join the party just south of the festivities. When we arrived the bees had found a hole in the cinder block wall but a little honey bee robber helped convince the bees it was not a good home. One passerby said it was one of the entertaining parts of the festival. Thank you City of Carpinteria.
Name: Rae van Seenus
Phone: 805.837.6959 x217
The Bee’s Knees of New Local Eateries
Share the Buzz about Whole Foods Market Santa Barbara's new beer and wine eatery
WHAT: Whole Foods Market, Santa Barbara, is opening an intimate 19-seat venue within its grocery store, The Buzz Hive, a beer and wine eatery serving local beer on tap and local wines by the glass. A percentage of net sales from The Buzz Hive will be donated to the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association (SBBA) and its Sweet Start beekeeping internship program. The venue will feature mead, a honey-based fermented beverage, made exclusively for The Buzz Hive by Golden Coast Mead (based in Oceanside, CA), available on tap and in bottles. In keeping with the bee theme, Whole Foods Market and SBBA have installed two urban beehives on the store’s rooftop, the first of its kind for any retailer in Santa Barbara. SBBA will mentor Whole Foods Team Members on the management of beekeeping. For high res photos, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO: Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association (SBBA) is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of beekeeping through best management practices, the education and mentoring of people about honey bees and beekeeping, and increasing public awareness of environmental concerns affecting honey bees. For more info, visit http://www.sbba.org and http://www.sweetstart.org.
WHY: As an industry leader in natural and organic foods, Whole Foods Market is passionate about raising honey bee awareness, taking action and helping our communities “bee the solution.” One out of every three bites of food is pollinated by bees and other pollinators. Bees are vital to the reproduction of clover and alfalfa, which feed grazing animals, and to the diverse ecosystems that sustain wildlife. For more information, visit http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/sharethebuzz.
WHEN: The Buzz Hive Opens: Friday, October 4th / Hours: 11:00AM – 8:00PM daily (hours may vary during special wine and beer tastings). Must be 21+
EVENTS: 10/03 Beer Tasting with Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. 4-6pm
10/10 Beer Tasting with Stone Brewing Co. 4-6pm
10/17 Brew & Bites Beer Dinner with Surf Brewery 6-8pm ($35pp; pre-registration required by emailing email@example.com)
10/24 Beer Tasting with Telegraph Brewery 4-6pm
WHERE: Whole Foods Market Santa Barbara
3761 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
About Whole Foods Market
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 73,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2012, the company had sales of $11.7 billion and currently has more than 340 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
SANTA BARBARA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION ACTION ALERT!
WHAT: Public hearing at the Board of Supervisors on Asian Citrus Psyllid and Agricultural Commissioner Actions
WHEN: Tuesday June 25, 9:15 AM or shortly after. DEPARTMENTAL AGENDA ITEM # 1
WHERE: Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, 4th Floor
Organic and many backyard growers opted-out from state-directed voluntary treatment of portions of Goleta with a pesticide to control Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) during the height of the Goleta lemon bloom in April 2013.
The active ingredient, imidacloprid, is highly toxic to bees. Last month the European Union banned this and two other pesticides due to the extraordinary risk they pose to bees. Imidacloprid was blamed for the largest reported bee die-off to date near Portland Oregon, where foliar application to blooming trees killed at least 25,000 bees in a Target parking lot.
Since we recognize that ACP poses a significant threat to local citrus orchards, the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association supports the use of non-chemical pest control strategies to control ACP in our area. ACP and the disease it can carry (HLB) have devastated Florida Citrus and the California citrus industry is not yet prepared for this disease. Scientists at UC Riverside are propagating natural predator wasps to control the ACP, and HLB-resistant root stock is in development. The advance of ACP and introduction of HLB into our and other areas must be slowed to allow these strategies to be ready.
We need to make information about Alternative Treatment Programs available to people that have opted out of chemical pesticide treatment and who want to help prevent the spread of ACP using methods that are safe for bees.
The County Should Support Organic Agriculture, Protect Bees and Embrace Non-Chemical Pest Control for ACP
o Bees are a fundamental part of our food supply and local agricultural economy
o Bees are at a particularly high risk from the pesticides being used
o SBBA has developed a bee-friendly Alternative Treatment Program for controlling the ACP
o The County should direct the Agricultural Commissioner’s office to:
§ work closely with community organizations to protect bees and organic farms in the face of ACP infestations
§ support better state monitoring of the effects of CDFA imidacloprid treatments on pollinators
§ promote organic and non-chemical agriculture in Santa Barbara County