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For your convenience we have compiled the following sources of information including equipment suppliers, bee and queen suppliers, local and national beekeeping organizations and local beekeeping ordinances. Gilroy Beekeepers Association is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Hive Registration and Beekeeping Ordinances

Honey Bee Health Coalition

varroa decision support tool
Best Management Practices for Hive Health: A Guide for Beekeepers

Beekeeping Newsletters, Periodicals and Websites

Apiculture News
American Bee Journal
Bee Culture Magazine
Scientific Beekeeping

Where to Buy Bee-related Stuff

Mann Lake
Bee Kind
Ruhl Bee Supply
Gardening for Bees

Beekeeping Organizations

Alameda County Beekeepers Association
American Beekeeping Federation
British Beekeepers Association
California State Beekeepers Association
Delta Bee Club
International Beekeeping Association
Marin Beekeepers
National Honey Board Honey Locator
Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association
San Francisco Beekeepers Association
Sonoma County Beekeepers Association
Western Apicultural Society


Elina Nino, PhD – California Extension Apiculturist, UC Davis
Michael Bush – Midwestern “treatment-free” beekeeper, and frequent ACBA speaker
Randy Oliver – Grass Valley beekeeper, writer for American Bee Journal, and frequent speaker for ACBA


American Bee Journal
Bee Culture Magazine
Bee Source Online Forum
Fundamentals of California Beekeeping (1971)
Beekeeping in California (1987)

Additional Resources

Bee Source
Scientific Beekeeping
Michael Bush
Pollinator Partnership
UC Davis Laboratory
Integrated Pest Management Program at UC Davis
Honey and Pollination Center
Urban Bee Lab at UC Berkeley
The history of the honey bee