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

Our October meeting will be held on

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 7-9 pm

SUSTAINABLE NORTHERN BEEKEEPING USING LATE SEASON NUCS - Never buy bees again!

presented by Meghan Milbrath, Ph.D.

In this talk we cover a management strategy that can help beekeepers get off the treadmill of buying bees every year. We discuss how to make replacement colonies and expansion from within your operation, so you can be self-sufficient.

Meghan Milbrath is an academic specialist in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. She is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator initiative, a program started at MSU to address concerns related to pollinators and pollination, and understand the threats and solutions for bees in Michigan.


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The October Kalamazoo Bee club meeting will feature Ross Conrad who will discuss Apitherapy – Healing and Health With Products From the Hive.
October 9 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Honeybee and hive products have historically played a large role in disease care and prevention. Today science is finally catching up to what naturalists, herbalists, and acupuncturists have known for years. Ross will cover the  healing properties of Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Royal Jelly, and Honeybee Venom.


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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Be informed : Board meeting minutes and other information regarding the governance of your bee club can be accessed here

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

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.

MARKETPLACE
HABA members are welcome 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. Marketplace items are posted for one month, but can be renewed. Send your marketplace requests to webmaster@hollandbees.org

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

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