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

UPCOMING EVENTS

COMB QUEEN REARING CLASS JUNE 23-24

The Center of Michigan Beekeepers (COMB) club is holding a queen rearing class on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24.  The class will be instructed by  Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Michigan State University Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Dr. Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University, Department of Entomology and Michigan Pollinator Coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative.
Even if you don’t expect to raise queens this is a great opportunity to learn the inner workings of the hive and why the bees do some of the things they do.  Knowing the conditions that are necessary to raise good queens will also give you the insight as to what to do to avoid swarming and to help with other hive manipulations. Subjects covered will be queen and drone biology, setting up cell starter and finishing colonies, grafting, small-scale queen rearing and proper conditions for creating quality queens.   
The fee is $75 for the two days which will cover materials and supplies used. Hours are: Saturday, June 23 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and Sunday, June 24 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  The book Queen Rearing Essentials written by Dr. Larry Connor and queen rearing materials are included.  Class size is limited to 15 students.  To enroll in the class please follow this link, 
COMB Queen Rearing Class Registration.
Class participants will be responsible for their own lunch.  A menu will be provided from a local restaurant for delivery for those interested.  Coffee and other refreshments will be provided in the morning.  


2018 Bee Palooza

June 24, 2018 1-4 p.m. Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens, 1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, this free, all-ages event provides a fun and educational opportunity to learn about bees and other pollinators. Click here for more information on this event.

  • You may want to visit the MIchigan Pollinators Initiative web page for beekeepers by clicking here.

July 12 HABA meeting will feature Mel Disselkoen as the speaker.

Mel was born on a farm in a Dutch settlement in South Dakota. He grew up with an independent farming mentality of hard work and creative problem solving. 

"I am a beekeeper of over 40 years starting in 1972. I kept healthy, natural bees for 16 years when varroa mites and neonics came on the scene. I developed OTS ( on-the-spot) queen rearing to provide free quality queens, 100% swarm control in the spring and a brood break to control varroa naturally.

My mentors are Rev. Langstoth, Dr. C.C.Miller and G.M.Doolittle. I am only enhancing their concepts."  -Mel Disselkoen

Mel enjoys observing honeybee behavior and teaching beekeepers how to use his OTS queen rearing method to self-sufficiently reach their objectives.

HABA News...

MEGHAN MILBRATH is a Michigan breeder of northern queens. Read about her operation by clicking here. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A CLUB ORDER OF QUEEN CELLS, please let Jeri Walsh-Allis know (webmaster@hollandbees.org). Introducing queen cells into a queenless hive is not more difficult than introducing a virgin or mated queen, and we will provide you with an opportunity to see how it is done when you receive your queens.

Meghan is offering Michigan Mutts, Purdue Mite Biter and VSH genetics. You can also choose to take whatever is available.

WE PLAN TO PICK UP THE QUEEN CELLS ON SATURDAY JULY 14 OR 21. You will need to be able to pick up your cells the weekend we get them. Have a queenless hive or nuc with adequate bees, brood and food stores available a day before installation.

If anyone wants to join us on the trip to Munith, we will consider organizing a car pool. It is two hours drive each way. We will make a time and location for a demonstration on installing queen cells available to those placing orders who are interested once we finalize our plans for pick-up.


Do you have bee-related items to sell?

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.


SWARM SEASON IS UPON US....

...and our SWARM LIST is now updated. If you wish to be added to the swarm list, please send your name, phone number/s, county/counties where you are willing to catch swarms and any limits as to how far you will travel to catch a swarm. Your email is needed for us to update the list, but will not be posted on the website. Send your information to webmaster@hollandbees.org.

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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