Welcome to the online home of the Gilroy Beekeepers Association.
We are a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission it is to share our knowledge of honey bees and beekeeping and provide help with swarm removal in southern Santa Clara and northern San Benito counties.
Since 1997, Gilroy Beekeepers Association has been dedicated to furthering an interest in bees. We love bees and share what we know about beekeeping with each other and with our communities. So whether you are an experienced apiarist, a novice beekeeper or venturing into honey farming for the first time, we look forward to meeting you.
Become a member now or ask to drop in on one of our meetings - hear how local backyard beekeepers manage their hives through the seasons, exchange ideas or techniques for creating the optimum pollinator environment for your bees, or ask questions about getting started - and consider joining us for more!
Please donate! If you would like to support our efforts with a financial contribution, click here. We are a 501c3 educational non-profit organization - all contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you!
We regularly invite speakers to share their expertise about anything 'bee', from landscaping designs to encourage bees to feel at home in our yards, to innovative uses for honey, to everything you wanted to know about top-bar hives but were afraid to ask. Check for upcoming events here.
In the community our Association is an educational resource on bees and how to handle swarms safely. We offer classes, field trips and a chance to hang out with us at a county fair.
Our in-person events have been replaced with Zoom meetings on the first (and sometimes third) Tuesdays of the month. Please see calendar for details.
If you are a follower of the Gilroy Beekeepers Association, be sure to join our Facebook group page by clicking the "Visit Group" button near the top of this page. The group page is where beekeepers can ask/answer questions about beekeeping and share experiences. The group is open to anyone, including non-beekeepers. It is also a place where you can inquire about honey and other hive products that group members offer for sale.
New Class Coming In June Beekeeping Mid-year Maintenance Online Zoom: Wednesday, June 2nd (evening) In The Field: Sunday, June 6th (morning) This course is designed with mid-year maintenance in mind to help beekeepers keep their hives healthy. Learn about the nutritional requirements and how to monitor/maintain the growing hive. This includes protecting honeybee colonies from harmful diseases, parasites, and other pests. The best way to protect is the ability to identify problems early, and that's why the focus of these sessions will be on identifying and eradicating common honeybee maladies such as varroa mite, ants, foulbrood, and nosema. Spaces limited, sign up for this two-part seminar now! https://www.gilroybeekeepers.com/beekeeping-mid-year-maintenance-june-2021/