Los Angeles Beekeepers
Los Angeles Beekeepers
Bees are an essential part of the world’s ecosystem. Of all the food in the world, 90 percent is sourced from plants. In order to sprout edible produce, plants need to be pollinated, and bees play an integral role in this process. In fact, bees are responsible for a third of the food produced around the world. Bees are also responsible for the production of other natural resources, like beeswax and honey.
In 2019, Los Angeles County produced over 40 million dollars worth of fruit and vegetable crops. Without bees to pollinate crops, the amount of produce available would decrease and the profits made by farmers, who depend on a plentiful season for their livelihood, would decline as well.
Thankfully, local beekeepers and bee-enthusiasts alike have made information about bees, and the importance of their fuzzy little lives, readily available to Los Angeles residents. The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, or LACBA, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about bees while simultaneously funding further research about bees.
Anyone interested in expanding their bee knowledge or becoming a member of the LACBA should first venture to their website. For those looking for a more hands-on experience, the LACBA offers Beekeeping Class 101 from February to October. This is an opportunity for long-standing members with a multitude of experience to show community members proper beekeeping processes in order to maintain their own healthy hive.
Beekeeping Class 101 is put on pause during September, but those interested in bee education can head to the annual LA County Fair instead, where the LACBA has a “Bee Booth” set up for fair visitors. This is a great chance for kids and adults alike to learn about bees and the local Los Angeles bee community.
Additionally, other groups and organizations can schedule educational presentations or workshops with the LACBA. And for those interested in learning something everyday, you can follow the LACBA on Facebook.
Our access to food is dependent on the existence of bees. As such, we should respect the little guys and their role in the grand scheme of things. Staying informed about bee legislation and understanding the necessity of their survival are great first steps!