Lompoc Beekeepers

Jim Rice and Elena Richardson view the Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association observation hive at Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room, 1520 E. Chestnut Court, in Lompoc.

North County beekeepers will cluster on Saturday, Aug. 18, for National Bee Day.

Serving the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria and Lompoc, the Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association will host a celebration of National Honey Bee Day at Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room from noon to 3 p.m.

Members will be on hand to offer local expertise on beekeeping, a peek into the life of bees with an observation hive and honey tasting. There is no charge for the event and children of all ages are welcome.

National Honey Bee Day is an awareness day started by beekeepers in the United States to build community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion. The event was started in 2009 by a small group of beekeepers who petitioned for and obtained a formal proclamation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture honoring honey bees and beekeeping. The date of observation is the third Saturday in August each year.

Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association is comprised of dedicated beekeepers and bee enthusiasts from the Lompoc Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria area committed to the advancement of beekeeping and the education of the public regarding the benefits of honeybees. The association is involved in community education programs, swarm removal and mentoring new beekeepers. The annual membership fee of $10. 

For more information, contact Kate Griffith, with Flying Goat Cellars, at 805-736-9032.

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