Mid-August Update
Just got a note from the California Cider Competition - Enter the California Cider Competition today.
Ciders and Cysers!!!!
Deadline is very soon. Read all the Entry info here:
Early registration discount ends September 1

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Ginger Beer Recipe in Time for Summer
Mimi's Ginger Beer
By Mimi Sheraton, for
  • ¼ lb fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • ½ cup floral honey
  • 5 -8 whole cloves
  • 1 (1-inch) cinnamon stick
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
  • Grated zest of ½ lime or lemon
  • Ice, citrus fruit juice and/or dark rum, for serving, optional
Click here for directions.

** Notes from Director Amina Harris: I grated the fresh ginger with a fine microplane and reveled in the clean lemony scent of ginger. I used Sweet Clover Honey from the High Plains of America. This light honey has a distinctive cinnamon-y flavor that I thought would complement the Ginger Beer. According to my son Josh, keep the mixture in a warm place for at least a full day. That gets the fermentation going so the Ginger Beer will be nice and foamy. I was able to store it in the refrigerator in a sealed jar for about three weeks until I used it all up!

Safety Tips for the Urban Beekeeper


Urban beekeepers protect themselves by wearing a veil, gloves, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, or a one-piece coverall and a smoker. Regularly checking a bee hive’s progress ensures the hive’s strength and health. During these checks, beekeepers observe for new brood; storage of water, pollen and honey; and individual bee health indicators, from mites to misshapen wing development. They also monitor the space available for the laying queen.

Urban beekeepers of all experience levels can continue to build their beekeeping safety skills by joining a local beekeeping association. Local and state-level beekeeping organizations distribute online information as well as newsletters, which provide an extensive source of information specific to regional beekeeping concerns. Beekeeping-association meetings and beekeeping conferences provide opportunities for urban beekeepers to learn about safe beekeeping practices and other concerns from guest speakers as well as a ready network of other beekeepers with which to share experiences. Beekeepers compare notes about the most docile strains of bees and recommendations for reputable beekeepers selling queens, nuc hives or packages.

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