During the summer the Holland Area Beekeepers Association meetings are being held the SECOND THURSDAY of the month 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.

In September the meetings will change to the THIRD TUESDAY of the month. Same times and location.

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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 7-9 pm

September in the Bee yard presented by Chuck Bauer

Chuck will cover topics including:

  • Finishing up honey extraction.

  • The biology of a fall brood frame.

  • Evaluating if a weak hive should be combined with a "strong" hive.

  • Varroa mite treatments.

  • Determining if hives need to be fed.

  • Preventing hive robbing.

  • Installing mouse guards


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:

OF INTEREST....

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.

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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.

CLASSIFIED ADS
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