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


December 18 - Holiday party

Join us as we celebrate the season with a honey tasting, nibbles of honey-made treats and a presentation on honey and nutrition.


All of our member-cooks are invited to bring in their favorite honey-centric food or dessert to share. Please provide a photocopy of the recipe with your offering. We hope to enlist the culinary expertise of students from Careerline Tech in judging the entries,


Our beekeepers are also invited to bring in a bottle of their unique honey for tasting by the group. Food sampling sticks will be provided. Please dispose of your stick after each use. No double dipping!


Our speaker will be Jenn Fillenworth. Jenn has studied dietetics and human nutrition and is a certified personal chef. Over the past year, she has been working as a freelance culinary dietitian as well as assisting with Spectrum Health/GRCC culinary medicine classes, combining the art of cooking with medical nutrition therapy. Jenn is looking forward to launching her personal chef business in 2019 which will include meal preparation for clients with medically prescribed diets.


In her presentation, she will be share her perspective on the nutritional aspects of honey in our diet, as an ingredient in food preparation and as a sugar replacement.

upcoming events....

ANNUAL BANQUET - January 19,2019 at the Trestle Stop in Hamilton, Michigan

BEE SCHOOL - February 16, 2019 at GVSU Holland campus


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/


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