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

PLEASE NOTE: HABA meeting days are now held on the SECOND THURSDAY of the month from 7-9 pm. unless otherwise noted

Meetings take place at Holland campus of Grand Valley State University.

Upcoming event with Michigan Beekeepers Association:

Join the Michigan Beekeepers for our Annual Summer Picnic!

Please Register Here

  • The summer picnic is a free event on June 29 from 1-3 pm.  It will be held at DeLano Farm within the Kalamazoo Nature Center (555 West E. Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009). on July 29 from 1-3 pm.
  • Attendees may get into the hives onsite. Please bring protective gear if you wish to interact with the hives. There will be activities for children and door prizes.
  • Please bring a dish to pass. Ice cream, tableware, and beverages will be provided.

Mark your calendars for upcoming HABA meeting dates:

(Tuesday) June 18, (Thursday) July 11 and (Thursday) August 8

Our June meeting will be held on TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 7-9 pm

Adam IngraoAdam Ingrao will provide an introduction to the hive and discuss hive inspections

"Regular inspections are an important part of maintaining a healthy and productive apiary. In this presentation we will discuss how to inspect your bee colonies by developing our understanding of: The organization of a hive, how to properly handle bees, and what activities should be conducted during regular inspections."

Adam is the Veteran’s Liaison for Michigan State University Extension and an Agricultural Entomologist. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science from California Polytechnic State University and a PhD, in Entomology from Michigan State University

An Army veteran and nationally recognized veteran’s advocate, Adam has led efforts to connect veterans with career and wellness opportunities within the agricultural sector. He is the founder and instructor of the MSUE Heroes to Hives program, and the former director of two nonprofits serving farmer veterans in Michigan: The Veterans in Agriculture Network and The Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan. His honors include the MSU Plant Science Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowship and the US Fruit and Vegetable Industry’s 40 leaders in agriculture under 40 award (40 Under 40).

Our July meeting will be held on THURSDAY, JULY 11, 7-9 pm

Ana Heck on Drama queens:

Deciphering queen events and when to intervene

Learn how to decipher whether your bees are raising a new queen because they are preparing to swarm, planning to kick their current queen from the throne, or just replacing a queen that you may have squished. Understanding queen biology and development, honey bee pheromones, and the colony as a superorganism can help beekeepers know what to do when they see a queen cell. Learn when you should let your bees work out their issues and how to intervene when necessary.

Ana Heck learned how to keep bees in Nicaragua while apprenticing on an organic farm and working with a women's beekeeping cooperative. She joined the University of Minnesota Bee Squad in 2014, where she managed apiaries, provided hands-on and classroom training to beekeepers, and managed Bee Squad outreach and Extension programs. Heck joined Michigan State University in January 2019 as a Research Technologist to support pollinator education initiatives, honey bee research, and implementation of policies to protect pollinators. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from Creighton University.

Mite Check Field Demonstration

On Saturday, June 15, a Mite Check Field Demonstration was held at Don Lam's Apiary in Holland. The event was led by Don Lam, and Shelley and Rick Arnold. These individuals received training from Michigan Beekeepers Association in order to provide this field demonstration to local beekeepers. If you missed out on this opportunity, you will have another chance to sign up later this summer. Announcements will be provided through the HABA newsletter.

A copy of the Powerpoint presentation from the field demonstration can be downloaded by clicking here.

HABA local queen rearing interest group

The HABA Queen Interest Group formed in September 2018 as a group of individuals who were interested in raising local hardy queens.

It is our hope that we can improve the genetics of our local bees through education and promotion of locally sustainable methods of beekeeping. A significant piece of this initiative involves breeding queens that are adapted to survive the challenges Michigan’s northern climate.

Stay tuned for monthly updates on the progress of the interest group. If you are interested in being on the queen rearing interest group email list, contact webmaster@hollandbees.org

Interested but not sure what queen rearing involves? Here are a few links to check out the particulars:


Holland Area Beekeepers Association donated a subscription to American Bee Journal to Herrick District Library in Holland. YOU CAN GO TO THE LIBRARY WITH YOUR DEVICE AND DOWNLOAD A COPY. There is no charge. Anyone who goes to the library can login to the library's wifi and download the current copy of American Bee journal by going to this link: https://herrickdl.org/eresearch.

  • Scroll down to American Bee Journal, click the link and you can either read online while at the library or download onto your device.
  • If you have any problems, go to the Information Desk for assistance.

You will be able to access it at either the main library (300 S. River Avenue in Holland) or the North Side branch (155 Riley Street, next to the Holland Township Fire station)

​​HABA is now recognised by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization. Our annual financial statements (Income and Balance Statements) may be accessed from the appropriate links on our About Us page. You can access the About Us page from the link at the top of this page.


We will post a link to our (usually) monthly board meeting minutes on the About Us page as well, once they have been submitted by the Secretary and approved by the Board.



PROBLEM BEES? If you are looking for someone to remove a swarm (a large clump of honeybees hanging from a tree or other surface in your yard) or a cutout (Honeybees living in the walls of your home or other building) click here to access our swarm list, which includes three licensed contractors who can do cutouts with necessary repairs. Most beekeepers will capture a swarm for the benefit of acquiring the colony, but cutouts require skills that will incur a fee by the contractor.

HABA members are welcome and ENCOURAGED to offer their bee-related items for sale on the website or in the newsletter. You are also welcome to post requests for bee-related items or mentors. Classified entries are posted for one month, but can be renewed. Send your classified ad requests to webmaster@hollandbees.org

Nucs currently available. Visit our CLASSIFIED ADS page HERE

Do you have questions about beekeeping or our bee club? Email us at members@hollandbees.org

If you have concerns or suggestions regarding the website, email webmaster@hollandbees.org

Stay informed about upcoming events, as well as timely tips for beekeepers. Sign up for our newsletter by clicking HERE


Be informed : Board meeting minutes and other information regarding the governance of your bee club can be accessed here