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Esparto's BZ Bee Pollination Named Yolo County Small Business of the Year, The HIVE, Launches Concert Series

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California Third District Senator Bill Dodd named John Foster and his company BZ Bee Pollination Yolo County Small Business of the Year.

“John proves the idea that hard work and persistence pay off,” emphasized Senator Dodd. “Not only has he created a thriving business, but he is also helping the environment by ensuring the protection of bees and their vital role in pollinating plants.

According to a press release, Foster purchased 200 beehives and started honey production on the Esparto farm using seed money left to him by his grandmother 47 years ago. He owns his 35,000 hives and employs 60 workers.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Foster emphasized. “Beekeeping is a loving business. It helps put food on the table and helps pollinate many crops.”

Foster grew up working with his father, a beekeeper in Yolo County. He started his own business in 1975, initially only producing honey, but soon realized that local farmers needed his services to pollinate their crops.

“One-third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees,” emphasized Foster. “In addition, it pollinates many wildflowers and produces food for wildlife.”

Foster now sources and ships parcels of bees, including the queen bee, throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information about Foster and his business, visit

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Three Sisters Gardens will be hosting a Summer Skills Sharing Event on Saturday, August 20th from 9am-noon at 317 5th St. in West Sacramento.

Three Sisters Gardens is a non-profit organization whose purpose, according to its website, is to “bring community members together to grow food and livelihoods in West Sacramento.”

“Join us for a youth-led skills sharing and demonstration workshop with Three Sisters Gardens,” said the nonprofit’s Facebook post. “We have put together a great program that includes urban farming techniques and fun for all. We look forward to growing with you and creating more resilient communities.”

According to the post, attendees will be able to take a farm tour at the start of the event before learning about planting seeds, transplanting and harvesting, composting, and flower making.

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HIVE, located at 1221 Harter Avenue, Woodland, will kick off its National Honey Month Concert Series on Saturday, September 10 from 6-8:30 PM with the Katie Knip Band.

“September is National Honey Month!” A Facebook post of the event was highlighted. “This year we are celebrating in style with a series of concerts every Saturday from September 10th to 24th. Check out all the bands playing and join us for a free concert every Saturday at The HIVE in September Please spend your time.”

Knipp is a three-time top 10 Billboard blues album artist who plays several instruments including piano, guitar, and harmonica along with powerful vocals.

For more information, visit

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The Davis Kiwanis Club hosts its first annual school supplies for kids drive on Saturdays from 9am to noon at Rite Aid at 655 Russell Blvd.

“How can I help? You can donate school supplies at Rite Aid’s collection site on the corner of Russell Blvd. and Anderson Street. August 13,” the event website said.

We accept rucksacks, No. 2 pencils, ballpoint pens, zippered pencil bags, erasers, binders, protractors, crayons, etc.

For a full list of items, visit

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