Holland Area Beekeepers Association meetings are held the second Thursday of the month (except when noted) at the Grand Valley State University Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd. Holland, Michigan. Arrive to mingle at 6:30 pm. Announcements and presentations begin at 7:00, followed by small group gatherings where newbees can discuss their beekeeping questions with more experienced beekeepers. The gathering ends at 9:00 pm.

We provide encouragement and support for those who are new to keeping honeybees, those who are interested but not necessarily intending to keep bees, as well as experienced beekeepers. Monthly meetings feature a presentation on a topic that is relevant to beekeepers. There will be time before and after these presentations to pose questions and share ideas with your fellow bee enthusiasts.

There is no charge for membership

UPCOMING EVENTS

JUNE 14 HABA MEETING

Charlotte Hubbard will discuss the varroa mite, its devastating effect on honeybees, how to recognize, test and treat for it.

Since unexpectedly becoming a beekeeper in 2008, Charlotte has fallen head-over-hive with this intelligent insect. She loves sharing her beekeeping experiences and how they’ve shaped her life through humorous and insightful presentations and articles. A popular Midwest speaker, organizations repeatedly turn to her for her ability to encourage and connect with beekeepers, especially “new-bees.”


  • GVSU Holland Campus Apiary Field Day: Hive management, sampling, inspection and recordkeeping
    • June 9 (with a rain date on June 23) at 1pm.
      • If the 1:00 field day session fills up, there may be a second session, most likely from 3-5.
    • Register at info@hollandbees.org
      • Limit 15 participants per session
    • Be prepared to protect yourself from ticks.
    • We will be doing a full hive inspection, and showcasing beekeeping records.     
    • We will demonstrate sugar rolls and alcohol washes for varroa mite monitoring.
    • We will perform full BIP (Bee Informed Partnership) Sentinel Apiary hive assessment and sampling.
    • We will search for any signs of pests and diseases.

July 12 HABA meeting will feature Mel Disselkoen as the speaker.

Mel was born on a farm in a Dutch settlement in South Dakota. He grew up with an independent farming mentality of hard work and creative problem solving. 

"I am a beekeeper of over 40 years starting in 1972. I kept healthy, natural bees for 16 years when varroa mites and neonics came on the scene. I developed OTS ( on-the-spot) queen rearing to provide free quality queens, 100% swarm control in the spring and a brood break to control varroa naturally.

My mentors are Rev. Langstoth, Dr. C.C.Miller and G.M.Doolittle. I am only enhancing their concepts."-Mel Disselkoen

Today Mel enjoys observing honeybee behavior and teaching beekeepers how to use his OTS queen rearing method to self-sufficiently reach their objectives.

HABA News...

 

WHAT DOES A HABA FIELD DAY LOOK LIKE? SORTA LIKE THIS :

(THANKS TO RICHARD WINKEL FOR THE PHOTOS)

 

On May 19 we attempted to find the queens to mark, produce two splits and demonstrate the OTS method of queen rearing. As so often when we get into the hive, the bees had other plans. We did succeed in doing a simple swarm control split in one hive, and notched some young larvae in hopes that the bees would take the hint and produce queens in the notches (always experimenting...) The other hive, in which we hoped to engage Mel Disselkoen's OTS method, seemed to have swarmed the week between the planned date (cancelled due to cold weather) and the rain date. The bees apparently decided to take control before we could.


MEGHAN MILBRATH is a Michigan breeder of northern queens. Read about her operation by clicking here. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A CLUB ORDER FOR MEGHAN'S QUEENS, please let Jeri Walsh-Allis know (webmaster@hollandbees.org). You will need to make payment at the June meeting. Meghan charges 40.00 for a mated queen, 20.00 for a virgin queen and 10.00 for queen cells. She is offering Michigan Mutts, Purdue Mite Biter and VSH genetics. You can also choose to take whatever is available. We will most likely request that she fill our order mid-July (in time for late splits for anyone requesting a virgin queen or cells).
IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE PART IN THIS ORDER, you must submit your request to Jeri no later than May 15 to ensure that Meghan can fill the group order.


Do you have bee-related items to sell?

We are accepting classified ads for our Classified section on the website. Ads will be posted for one month at a time and may be renewed. HABA reserves the right to reject advertising submissions. If you have an ad to post, email the webmaster.


SWARM SEASON IS UPON US....

...and our SWARM LIST is now updated. If you wish to be added to the swarm list, please send your name, phone number/s, county/counties where you are willing to catch swarms and any limits as to how far you will travel to catch a swarm. Your email is needed for us to update the list, but will not be posted on the website. Send your information to webmaster@hollandbees.org.

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HELP WANTED: We would like to find a volunteer willing to continue our Facebook Live broadcasts from our meetings. If you attend our monthly meetings regularly are handy with social media, using your smartphone as a camera and are willing to take this on, contact webmaster@hollandbees.org
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COMMUNITY SERVICE:

We are able to provide a representative to a class or organization for a presentation about bees.  This can be tailored to the audience with regards to age, duration and complexity of presentation. We offer this as a way of increasing awareness of and interest in bees and beekeeping. Please send requests to outreach@hollandbees.org

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NEED BEES OR EQUIPMENT? Check out our CLASSIFIED page

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Visit some of our neighboring bee clubs!

Kalamazoo Bee Club

Grand Rapids Bee Club

Freemont Area Beekeepers Club

Scottville Beekeepers of Mason County

Center of Michigan Beekeepers