Summer is here - do your bees have enough to eat? This course covers the common stressors for your bees - food, water, heat, and pests, and how to mitigate them. The best way to protect is to identify problems early - that's why the focus of these sessions will continue to be on identifying … Continue reading Reducing Stress On Your Hives – July 2022 class
Your bees have been busy making honey - how do I harvest? Join our class and find out everything you need to know about harvesting, hive products, and summer hive maintenance! This course is designed to show you how and when to harvest honey, wax and other hive products. We will also review summer hive … Continue reading Harvesting and Hive Products – June 2022
You've installed your bees and things are starting to happen in the hives, what's next? Join our two-part class and find out everything you need to know about helping your hives thrive and grow! This course is designed with mid-year maintenance in mind to help beekeepers keep their hives healthy. Learn about the nutritional requirements … Continue reading Helping Your Hives Thrive and Grow – May 2022
Ever wondered how to get started as a beekeeper? Join our two-part class and find out everything you need to know to get started! No prior experience necessary, this course is designed to help anyone new to beekeeping gain confidence to care for their own bees. Gilroy Beekeepers Association (GBA) has been supporting local hobby … Continue reading Beekeeping for Beginners – March 2022
Ever wondered how to become a beekeeper?Join our online class and find out what you need to get started! No prior experience necessary, this course is designed to help anyone considering caring for their own bees.We will explain the necessary tools, hive components, and safety gear. You will learn the difference between starting your colony … Continue reading Becoming a Beekeeper – Free Class!
What a wonderful feeling to be able to gather again! Thank you to Penny for allowing us to relax and reconnect with GBA members on your gorgeous property, and to everyone who came out to make it happen. Great conversations, amazing honey tasting and a magnificent, delicious feast.
With October upon us, this month's club meeting included a presentation by our Education Committee to start thinking about preparing our hives for the winter months ahead. Great Q+A session afterwards, as well as a tempting thought to join our potluck later this month! These meetings are open to GBA members and one-time visitors. If … Continue reading Club Night Oct 2021: Preparing your hives for winter
We had a great turnout of volunteers to support the tremendous interest in the Bee Barn - back in-person, after a COVID hiatus year - at the Santa Cruz County Fair. There was especially a lot of interest in spotting the queen (and earning the appropriate sticker!) in the observation hives graciously provided by Sara … Continue reading It’s great to be back at the fair – Santa Cruz County Fair 2021
In our online education series, our Education Committee experts cover a variety of topics important for the hobby beekeeper. As a hot summer draws to a close, we took a closer look at some of the most pressing issues beekeepers face in this part of California, ranging from drought and threat of fire to predators, … Continue reading Club Night Sept 2021: Fall issues in California
Christine Kurtz gave a wonderful presentation and helped us understand how to read our hive bottom boards. A seasoned beekeeper with over a decade of experience working with bees, using a sustainable, treatment-free and all-natural management style, Christine is a strong believer in supporting locally adapted stocks of bees. As a long time Sonoma County … Continue reading Decoding Monitoring Boards – Christine Kurtz