Obtain and establish your bees
There are three common European honey bee varieties to choose from and you need to select a reputable honey bee supplier.
Italian – Gentle, good honey producers
Carniolan – Start early, but swarm
Russian - Hygenic, mite resistant
For more information about these honey bee types, visit the USDA Besource webpage, Different Types of Honey Bees.
Information about honey bee sources shared during the UC Cooperative Extension San Diego beekeeping trainings may be found in the Resources section.