- 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 ! )
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,
We will be covering:
- Essential hive tools, hive components, and protective gear.
- How to get bees.
- What to do when you get your bees.
- How to get help when you feel overwhelmed.
- Our Getting Started guide is available to download here.
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!
GBA has recently received a very generous donation from Bob Weseloh, a former GBA member, and his family. Items donated include:
- Two like-new motorized extractors
- Hives and frames
- Suits and gloves
- Buckets and filters
A full list is here. This was unexpected and quite wonderful. Please take a moment to leave a comment below for Bob and his family.
The Santa Cruz County Fair is just around the corner, Sept 13 – 17th. GBA always has a booth staffed with GBA volunteers. It is a great event, lots of fun, and a chance to promote our great club to the public. Any level of beekeeping experience is welcome, and you will probably learn something yourself while attending!
Stop by and say hi!
GBA Members: video of the August General Meeting and Board Meeting are now online in the “Member Content” section of the website.
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.
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.
We had a great time with Scout Troop 2799 at their visit to the GBA Apiary to earn their insect studies merit badge! They were fearless!