beekeeping

HISTORIC TALE: JOHN HARBISON, KING OF THE BEEKEPERS

 

By Brigitte Garcia and Miriam Raftery

February 6, 2016 (Harbison Canyon) – Here’s a sweet fact from East County’s history: pioneer beekeeper John S. Harbison was once the largest producer of honey in the world.

 After settling with his family along the Sweetwater River in what later became known as Harbison Canyon, he led the way for San Diego County to become a major honey-making region during California’s “Golden Age of Beekeeping.”

But it wasn’t all sweet success. Obstacles along the way included severe weather, bees lost at sea, vindictive farmers and arson.

HERE'S THE BUZZ: HOT COUNCIL ITEMS THIS WEEK

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—From beekeeping to mobile home park expansion, here are the hot items on local city council agendas this week in Lemon Grove and Santee.

HERE’S THE BUZZ: SUPERVISORS TO CONSIDER EASING RESTRICTION ON BEEKEEPING IN THE BACKCOUNTRY

 

October 5, 2013 (San Diego) – A proposal by Supervisor Dianne Jacob to encourage beekeeping will be heard by the County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, October 9.  Find meeting details here.

European honey bees have an important role in the $5.1 billion agriculture industry in San Diego County. Currently, crops pollinated by bees account for approximately one-third of food eaten. There has been a sharp decline in the bee populations throughout California, prompting municipalities and beekeeping organizations to step-up efforts to promote safe beekeeping in both urban and rural areas.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN 19TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 28

 

April 21, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Join the Water Conservation Garden, the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Ornamental Horticulture Department at Cuyamaca College on Saturday, April 28  from 9a.m. to 4p.m. as they present the 19 th Annual Spring Garden Festival.

This year’s theme is “Urban Farming” and will include experts on raising urban chickens, beekeeping and vegetable gardening. Garden professionals will be on hand to answer the most puzzling gardening and landscape design questions, the college will offer horticulture demonstrations along with its biggest plant sale of the year and the museum will offer free tours throughout the day.  Plus, live music and dance, an international food court and animal encounters for the kids make this a fun, family-friendly event.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN 19TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 28

 

April 21, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Join the Water Conservation Garden, the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Ornamental Horticulture Department at Cuyamaca College on Saturday, April 28  from 9a.m. to 4p.m. as they present the 19 th Annual Spring Garden Festival.

GET YOUR GOAT! COUNCIL APPROVES LIVESTOCK IN SAN DIEGO CITY LIMITS

By Miriam Raftery
February 3, 2012 (San Diego) – On Tuesday, San Diego’s City Council voted unanimously to approve an “urban agriculture plan” that encourages city residents to grow their own food--and sell some items.