Beekeeping West: Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, La Crescenta, Calif.
What makes the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association (LACBA)’s class The Daily Meal's favorite beekeeping class? Its annual nine-class Beekeeping 101 course is both unbeatably thorough and unbeatably priced, and students get intimate, hands-on instruction with active beekeepers that love what they do. Classes meet once each month in the yard of Bill Lewis’ beekeeping business, Bill’s Bees. Lewis and Clyde Steese, both LACBA members and former presidents, teach the class, which covers everything from a hive’s assembly and management to its harvest.
"Bees should not be feared, but embraced and nurtured for the role they play in our food production," Lewis, who has been keeping bees for more than 20 years, told The Daily Meal. "Our goal is to walk a ‘NewBee’ through an entire year so that a new colony started in the spring survives through the winter and emerges strong and healthy in the spring ready to produce a crop of honey," he said.
Cost: Free for LACBA members ($10 annual membership) for nine classes over the course of nine months; requires a bee suit