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


Upcoming HABA board meetings:

Consider attending to find out what is happening behind the scenes at HABA and take the opportunity voice your interests or concerns

At the upcoming annual banquet, elections will be held for open positions on the HABA board. Please consider contributing a small amount of your time to support your local bee club. There are open positions for Vice President, Treasurer (both two year terms) and At-Large board positions (1year terms). If you are interested in being considered for any of these opportunities or have questions regarding the positions, send an email stating your interest to info@hollandbees.org.

HABA board meetings are open to the public. You are welcome to come to a meeting and just listen, or bring up an issue of concern regarding the club or beekeeping in West Michigan that warrants consideration by the board or the club in general. If you wish to add an item to the board agenda, you should do so at least a week in advance by sending an email detailing your concern to info@hollandbees.org.

The next meeting and tentative agenda is as follows:

February 4, 2019 6pm at GVSU Room 119 - Introduce new board members; the agenda will include walk-thru of Bee School day events and any course cross-support discussions. 

Minutes from the November, 2018 board meetings are available by clicking here

BEE SCHOOL - February 16, 2019 at GVSU Holland campus


At our last meeting...

Jennifer Fillenworth spoke to HABA members about the role of honey in cooking and nutrition. If you are interested in a summary of the information she provided in an attractive pdf formatted document that includes some recipes, click here.

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)

In the future it is expected that anyone with a Herrick District library card will be able to access the American Bee Journal remotely through the library website. That feature is not yet available.

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.

Interested in raising queens? We formed a queen-rearing interest group. If you are interested in joining us, indicate your interest by emailing webmaster@hollandbees.org.

MSU has an online course and certification program for Pollinator Champions. Visit their website at https://pollinators.msu.edu/programs/pollinator-champions/


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

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