Bill Lewis, an experienced beekeeper and long-time participant in the South Pasadena and Santa Monica farmers’ markets, has generously agreed to host a private tour of his bee-keeping and small-scale honey production operation and to share his vast knowledge of bees and honey with Slow Food LA members.
Bill’s Bee Ranch is a rural oasis, located high above the city. The site has active bee hives and there is an ambient bee population. The morning event will include a tour of his honey-making facility, an opportunity to learn about the production and uses of honey, close inspection of hives and bee colonies and a comparative honey tasting. Bill’s honey and bee products will be available for sale. Adult attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey–The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World by Holley Bishop.
When: Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 10:00am
Where: The Bee Ranch, located in the Angeles National Forest above Lake View Terrace. Directions will be provided with confirmation of reservation.
Cost: $22.00 per person for adults; $15 per child under 12 years of age
Attire/Precautions: While the prospect of a bee sting is unlikely, those who are concerned about, sensitive to or allergic to honey, bee stings, and/or insect bites should not attend this event. Late spring brings rattlesnakes out for sun in the California hillsides. Wear pale-colored, full-length clothing and socks and walking/hiking shoes suitable for unpaved, farm/hilly terrain ( = no shorts, capris, skirts, sandals or bright-colored clothing). Please refrain from using perfume or floral-scented lotion, sunscreen, soap or shampoo.
Maximum of four people per reservation. Please carpool if possible. Each child under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The event will last approximately 1.5-2 hours; there are no restroom facilities on site.
To reserve your place: FIRST: email your reservation request to snailwrangler [at] slowfoodla [dot] com with the number in your party (adults + children) and the name of the Slow Food convivium to which you belong. THEN: Send your check, payable to Slow Food Los Angeles to:
Slow Food Los Angeles
8033 Sunset Blvd #395
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Please include with your check the name under which your reservation was placed. Your reservations will be confirmed by email when your check has been received. Checks must be received by May 11th to hold a reservation.
And for more news on the decline of bee populations, see the article in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times.