Saturday, December 8, 2012

Find a location - Flyer


Here, I like to share the flyer that I prepared looking for a location in the Bay Area, preferably close to Mountain View and Palo Alto, CA.

Let’s Bee Friends 

I am a beginner beekeeper and looking for a place to put couple of hives.

Do you want:

  • Industrious workers to pollinate in your backyard or garden?
  • Your flower garden to bloom?
  • Your fruit trees to give you more fruits?
  • A new educational recreation for you and your family? 

Or:

  • Have a backyard and to help the nature?


Facts:

  • Honeybees are really docile and gently creatures. They’ll completely ignore you unless you disturb them.
  • Honeybees are the most important animals regulating the nature due to their pollinating behaviors.
  • 60% of the fruits and vegetables need honey bee pollination.
  • Without honeybees, modern agriculture would not exist.
  • Bees are in danger due to urbanization, pesticides and colony collapse disorder.

We can start this journey together. No promise, since I'm a newbie, but I will be willing to share some honey in case of a strong honey harvest.

Let’s Bee Friends.
Alper Mizrak

Contact: AlperMizrak[at]hotmail, www.BeesInCA.com



Friday, December 7, 2012

Find a location - Master's advise



Last weekend, I stopped by to say hi to my mentor, Richard Baxter. He invited me to see the new hives that he bought. He gave me a short lesson about some bee diseases and organic medications, as well.

I mentioned this Blog to him, and got his permission to mention him in my posts. (I do respect people's privacy and will be careful about not revealing any information about other people. However, if there is some information that is already available publicly on internet, I will use those links without any further precaution.)

Since I have been trying to find a location to place couple of hives for a while, I told him my efforts and asked his advice.

He sensed my stress and worry about finding a place. He said something like this:
- This is your hobby, so you should enjoy it. Don't get stressed out! Besides, once you let other people that you are looking for a place to put hives, you will get many requests from all sorts of people.



Here are the action items that he suggested.

  • Prepare a flyer to post on bulletin boards across community places.
  • Send an email to colleagues at work.
  • Send an email to close friends.



Finally, I think this conversation should take place in between these lines:

- Listen, grasshopper!
...
- Yes, Master.


By the way, this visit supposed to be a short visit including a hi and some advise; but we spend more than couple of hours talking about different things. It started by the screensaver on my laptop: various celestial objects and space. It turns out that Rick is also interested in particle physics, astronomy, bing bang, Higgs boson, gravity, matter-energy duality, and so-on... How cool is that!



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Local Beekeepers Clubs


As of today, I am an official member of both these club:

The Santa Clara Bee Guild meets the first Monday of every month at the Dwell Christian Church, 1292 Minnesota Ave San Jose, CA 95125.

On Monday, I attended Santa Clara Bee Guild's year-end party. It was crowded, possibly more than 150 people. There was an open buffet. Fantastic home-made food, delicious :)



The Beekeepers' Guild of San Mateo County holds meetings the first Thursday of each month, at the Congregational Church of Belmont, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA.

On Thursday, I went to Beekeepers' Guild of San Mateo County's annual Holiday Party. It was also crowded, around 100 people. Food was as good as it can be :)