Santa Cruz County Fair

Another Santa Cruz Fair is completed, and it was a HUGE success!  Our booth in the Bug Barn looked fantastic – lots of photographs of Club members, 2 observation hives, and a wealth of knowledge shared with the eager public. At one point on Saturday we had over 9000 visitors thru the exhibit!!
But the key to this success was our great volunteers. I would like to personally thank those who made this happen!
  • John Peck    
  • Mike Kurtz
  • Ed Massey
  • Diana Galvin
  • Andreas Olbring
  • Steve Mink
  • Bruce Morasca
  • Manuel Brum
  • Stephannie Elle
  • Arthur & Christine Kubogamell
  • Peggy Sullivan
  • Brian Lane
  • Clara Kim
  • Jaime & Zana Haskell
  • Mark & Katie Garrison
  • (and  20,000 bees in the observation hives ! )
Without the effort of these people promoting the art of beekeeping, expanding our Clubs footprint and passion for sharing knowledge, this event would not have been possible.
Again, a heartfelt thanks to ALL the volunteers for a great job!!
See you next year at the Fair!
Roark Diters 

Becoming a Beekeeper – Free Class in October!

Ever wondered how to become a beekeeper?

Join our free 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 with a bee package vs a nuc. And build up your understanding of what to expect throughout the beekeeping year. Finally, the most important thing to take away is where you can go for help when you don't know what to do. We scheduled this class before the holidays so you can treat yourself with the gift of bee supplies and a future hive!

Gilroy Beekeepers Association (GBA) has been supporting local hobby beekeepers and bringing those curious about bees together for over 20 years. Our members range from experienced beekeepers to complete newbies. Members benefit from regular meetings, access to great speakers and training opportunities like this one - the ideal combination for learning and sharing about beekeeping.

- Thursday, Oct 26, 7-8 PM:  Zoom
- Saturday, Oct 28, 9-11 AM:  Hands-On at GBA Apiary,

Cost:  FREE!

We will be covering:

Register now, or email GBA for more information.
You must be a current GBA member - click here to become a member.



Please use the same email as your GBA membership registration.

Extraction Party

The June Extraction Party, courtesy of our generous host Peggi, was a big success. A lot of us have more summer honey to extract… Should we have another Extraction Party? Thanks to Bob Weseloh, we now have two additional extractors in addition to the club’s large extractor.

Please fill out the form below to let us know if you’re interested, and what dates work for you. Thanks!


Do you have frames to extract?(Required)

General Meeting

Reminder: the June General Meeting is at the Apiary this Saturday from 9-11am!

Topic: Getting Ready To Harvest Honey.

Arthur will show us frames that are ready to harvest and extract, then we will open every hive and mark on the lid the number of frames of honey that are ready.

Click here for more details.

Extraction Party

We’re having our first GBA Extraction Party Saturday, June 17th from 11-4! Bring your honey frames and we will bring the club extractor and tools. Details will be emailed to all GBA members.

  • Bring a bucket and lid to put your honey in. Also bring a filter if you wish.
  • We will have some uncapping tools – forks, heat guns, and various sharp, pointy things. Bring your own if you have a favorite.
  • We will have the large club extractor and a smaller extractor.
  • Bring your favorite snacks and beverages to share.

Click here for more information on Honey Harvesting and Extraction.