Holland Area Beekeepers Association meetings are held the third Tuesday 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



Due to changes in class schedules at GVSU's Holland campus, our meeting time has been changed to the third Tuesday of the month. This will begin with our September meeting:

  • September 18, 2018 - This meeting will feature a facilitated panel discussion on WINTERIZING your bees, hives and apiary in order to optimize your colonies' chances of surviving and thriving for the 2019 season.
  • October 16, 2018 - Tony McCaul & students from Careerline Tech will present on their apiary and related projects.
  • November 20, 2018 - Cathy & Dale Dykema will inform on their Cuban Beekeeping Tour the different approaches to beekeeping in this island country.
  • December 18, 2018 - Holiday party.
  • January 19,2019 - Banquet at the Trestle Stop in Hamilton, Michigan.
  • February 16, 2019 - Bee school at GVSU Holland Campus.

The September meeting will feature a panel discussion on winter preparation

A panel of experienced beekeepers  will provide their insights into topics including (but not limited to) fall treatments, supplemental feeding, hive protection, the importance of ventilation & moisture control, and the size of the hive.  Some questions will be addressed by the moderator to get things started, but this meeting is really for YOU to ask the questions you have about getting your hives through the winter for a strong spring build-up.

Come prepared to ask the experts about preparing for winter.

Here are a couple of websites that might get you started:



The 2018 Annual North American Mite-A-Thon : A Citizen Science Initiative

Saturday, September 8 to Saturday, September 15, 2018
Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee
colonies across North America within a one-week window. All beekeepers can participate, creating a rich distribution of
sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Their Varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to

www.mitecheck.comFor more information, click here.

Michigan Beekeepers Association 2018 Fall State Meeting

October 27, 2018

The Doherty Hotel

604 N. McEwan St. Claire, MI

Consider attending this one day event to discuss and learn about a variety of issues related to Michigan bees and beekeeping.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kim Skyrm Ph.D, The Massachusetts Apiary Program Coordinator. There will be updates from our state inspectors, MSU researchers, and more.

You are encouraged to submit honey to the honey show.  This event is a fun way to learn about improving the quality of your honey.

MBA will also be holding elections.

For more information visit http://www.michiganbees.org/2018-fall-state-meeting/?


The Michigan Pollinator Initiative team is excited to announce the launch of a new online course! Pollinator Champions is a free, self-paced course offered through Michigan State University. The course incldes videos, articles, and fun activities to guide you through the world of pollinators and pollination. Anyone with an internet connection can enroll. You do not have to be an MSU student or faculty to participate. And while everyone is welcome to learn about pollinators for free, for a small contribution, you can also receive a certificate and materials to facilitate your own presentations about pollinators.

Read more or register for Pollinator Champions at www.pollinators.msu.edu/programs/pollinator-champions/


  • CLICK HERE for links to videos that provide a step-by-step demonstration and a queen rearing calendar. Information on queen rearing is at the bottom of the page.
HABA News...

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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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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