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Beekeeping Network

We organize get-togethers for those who are already beekeepers and we hold information sessions on beekeeping for people who want to start! (Join VV, then Beekeeping)

Location: Vancouver
Members: 139
Latest Activity: Apr 1

Beekeeeping is part of the Village Food Group and Neighbourhood Food Network

Dear beekeepers and other beekeeping enthusiasts,

I encourage you to become part of a neighbourhood group where you can meet in person with other beekeepers regularly (or with people interested in beekeeping). Steve and I are part of a group of about 10 beekeepers that was created last spring. We had a couple of get-togethers last year and it was invaluable (and fun!) to learn from each others’ experiences. So far I have responses from people who would like to start a group in the Commercial Drive area, Dunbar and North Vancouver. I suggest creating groups based on where you live - having people that live near by who can lend a hand (or hive box if your bees swarm!) can be very helpful.


Please note that during Anna's absence, you may contact Steve Sandve (beekeeper) or Cylia for questions and help furthering ideas related to beekeeping.  (Click on the links at their names above to open up their Village page, and write them a note on their Comment Wall.)


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Comment by Ross Moster on April 1, 2014 at 9:05pm

I'm in for 50,000, David.


Comment by David Legault on April 1, 2014 at 2:17pm

I've pre-ordered 90,000 for my two hives. Anyone interested in a group buy?

Comment by David Legault on April 1, 2014 at 2:16pm

Comment by Hannah Carpendale on March 12, 2014 at 9:01pm

Hello, does anyone in the Vancouver area have pollen patties available at the moment to buy? I'm getting some next week but was hoping to have some by this Thursday... send me an email ( if so - thanks!

Comment by Brian Campbell on February 2, 2014 at 11:36am

The Bee School for 2014 is starting soon with lots of workshops, courses and events planned for this coming season. Check out for locations and dates of the Introductory 8 Session course.

I'm offering a bonus session to anyone who signs up by February 15th for the first course beginning March 8th at Homesteader's. "Waking the Bees for Spring", open to new and former students of The Bee School. Please email me to confirm.

Many of The Bee School programs are being held at the Homesteader's Emporium,
But there are several other locations around the Lower Mainland.

Comment by Caitlin Dorward on January 27, 2014 at 10:00am

Hi Beekeepers! I am looking for one or two nucs this spring and just wondering if anyone on this group is selling or has suggestions as to whom I could contact. I would prefer to get local bees.

Thanks! Caitlin

Comment by Hannah Carpendale on September 17, 2013 at 12:21pm

Hi everyone! I am a local beekeeper and recently found out about the Rally for a GE/GMO Free BC tomorrow, Wednesday Sept 18th! I was wondering if we could get a group of beekeepers together to attend with some signs (and perhaps costumes). Municipalities will be voting on whether to recommend that the provincial government legislate BC as a GE/GMO free area. It would be great if we could make some "beekeepers in support of a GE Free BC" signs to show support against the threat that genetically modified crops pose to honeybees and other pollinators. The rally (tomorrow, Wednesday Sept 18th) is from 7am-10am outside the Union of BC Municipalities Convention at the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place). If you'd like to join me, could you please reply or send me a message asap and we can arrange to meet up there! And please help to spread the word if you're able to! More info at and the link to their petition is

Comment by Fiona Gold on August 23, 2013 at 2:13pm

Hi Hannah - you can e-mail me. I have about a liter of 65% Formic Acid I am not using.
cheers, Fiona

Comment by Hannah Carpendale on August 23, 2013 at 1:54pm

Hello all, we are looking to buy 9 oz. of 65% formic acid from someone who has a supply and is located in the city, or to buy a larger amount from a supplier together with someone else (ideally who is able to pick it up). Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Comment by Steve Sandve on May 8, 2013 at 7:54pm

Equipment can be sterilized at Iotron Industries in Coquitlam but this is usually done earlier in the year. The Richmond Beekeeping Club does a group purchase as I think they only do larger orders. You could use a blow torch to clean the inside of the boxes and bottom boards if you are sure that there was no AFB in the hives previously. Scrape and sand off the paint on the outside and repaint. Personally I would spend the money and get new frames, I don't like to clean old frames if they have comb on them.


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