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 EVENTS

MONTHLY HABA MEETINGs

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 - 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 - To be announced.
  • November 20 - To be announced.
  • December 18 - To be announced.

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:

https://morningchores.com/winter-bees/

https://www.hobbyfarms.com/4-fall-bee-chores-to-prep-for-winter/


You can become a POLLINATOR CHAMPION

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/


INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT GRAFTING QUEENS, BUT CAN'T GET TO A CLASS ON THE SUBJECT?

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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.


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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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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