Esparto’s BZ Bee Pollination Named Yolo County Small Business of the Year, The HIVE to Launch Concert Series

California Senator Bill Dodd, District 3, 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 pays off,” said Senator Dodd. “Not only has he created a thriving business, but he helps the environment by ensuring the preservation of bees and their vital role in pollinating plants. I am happy to pay tribute to him for his achievement.

Foster bought 200 hives of bees and began producing honey on his farm in Esparto using start-up money left to him by his grandmother 47 years ago, according to a press release. It has 35,000 hives and employs 60 workers.

“I am touched and honored to receive this award,” Foster said. “Beekeeping is a labor of love. It helps put food on the table and we pollinate a lot of crops.

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

“Every third bite of food we eat is due to bee pollination,” Foster pointed out. “Plus, it pollinates a lot of wildflowers to produce food for wildlife.”

Now Foster is raising packages of bees, including queen bees to be shipped to the United States and Canada.

To learn more about Foster and his company, visit

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Three Sisters Gardens will host a summer skill-sharing event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 20 at 317 5th St. in West Sacramento.

Three Sisters Gardens is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “bringing community members together to grow food and lives in West Sacramento,” according to its website.

“Join us at our youth-led skills sharing and demonstration workshop with Three Sisters Gardens,” the nonprofit’s Facebook Publish declared. “We have put together an amazing program including urban farming techniques and fun for all. We look forward to growing and building a more resilient community with all of you.

Attendees will be able to take a tour of the farm at the start of the event before learning about seeding, transplanting and harvesting, composting and bouquet making, according to the post.

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The HIVE — located at 1221 Harter Ave in Woodland — will kick off its National Honey Month concert series from 6-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, with a performance by the Katie Knipp Band.

“September is National Honey Month! » The Facebook of the event Publish Underline. “We’re celebrating big this year with a series of concerts every Saturday from September 10-24. Check out all the bands playing and spend September at The HIVE with a free concert every Saturday.”

Knipp is a three-time Billboard Blues Album Top 10 artist who, with a powerful voice, plays multiple instruments, including piano, guitar, and harmonica.

Visit for more details.

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The Kiwanis Club of Davis is holding its first annual school supply drive for children from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Rite Aid located at 655 Russell Blvd.

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

Items that will be accepted include backpacks, #2 pencils, ballpoint pens, zippered pencil bags, erasers, binders, protractors, colored pencils and more.

To see the full list of items, visit

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