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 changing to the SECOND THURSDAY of the month from 7-9 pm. Meetings take place at Holland campus of Grand Valley State University.

April 11 meeting at 7 pm - SPRING STARTUP

Chuck Bauer will present on Spring Startup. While the presentation is primarily aimed to help out beginning beekeepers, we can all benefit from a little review....and an opportunity to rub elbows with our fellow beekeepers.

Chuck is a seasoned beekeeper who maintains 24 hives in Byron Center, two of which are experimental overwintered nucs.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Tools of the beekeeper's trade;
  • Installing packages and nucs;
  • Hive inspections, smoking the hive and inevitably getting stung;
  • Brood, brood patterns and queen presence in the hive;
  • Adding brood boxes and honey supers;
  • Queens and queen presence in the hive;
  • Swarm cells and swarming;
  • Festooning and bearding, and;
  • Diseases and pests.

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.

On Sunday, March 17, 2019 fourteen members of queen rearing interest group gathered at Randy Slachter’s apiary to listen, learn, and ask questions. Randy described his experience in raising queens using the Doolittle grafting technique.  Heather Boerema described the Mel Disselkoen OTS (On The Spot) Queen Rearing method that she uses in her apiary.  The group discussed the importance of having locally adapted healthy, varroa-tolerant and productive honeybee colonies and the ways HABA can assist local beekeepers in producing and obtaining hardy local queen stock.

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:

Spring is around the corner (really!) ...time to order packages and/or nucs

NEWBEES who missed out on Bee School...

(and even if you went to Bee School) the Ohio State Beekeepers have provided a series of videos that will fill in the gaps, as well as provide a handy reminder when you forget what to do next. Visit the site and all of the (currently 34!) Web-Based Introductory Beekeeping Training Program online videos (click the blue text to the left or copy this url into your browser  - http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/beekeeping_class

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.

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.

Minutes from recent board meetings are available by clicking 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/


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


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