We know bees, you can too!

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers’ Association is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that supports an active beekeeping community and promotes the art and science of bees and beekeeping to the public through education, events and services.

Give a Swarm a Good Home!

If you see honey bee swarm – a ball of bees in a tree or bush – that means they are seeking a new home. Help us find a good home for these bees – you don’t want them nesting in your house. We will send a local member out to retrieve the colony for a better chance at survival.

Please call Gina at 404-519-4141 right away before the swarm flies off to its new home.

Before you call, please have the following information:

  • How long has the swarm been at this location?
  • What is the exact address of the property where the swarm is located?
  • How high off the ground is the swarm?
  • Is the swarm in a structure or on a tree, bush, fence etc.?
  • What size is it? Softball? Cantaloupe? Football? Basketball?
  • Is there a phone number where you can be reached?
  • Can you take a photo of the swarm as close-up as you feel comfortable?

If you are not viewing this from a smartphone, call 404-519-4141.

Monthly Meeting- Rachael Bonoan, PhD
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Junior Beekeeper Program – Buckhead
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/s/mababc/juniorbeekeepersregistration2019

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association’s Junior Beekeeper programs are unique opportunities for children ages 6* – 13 to experience hands-on learning about our most powerful pollinators.
Children will learn all about honey bees and beekeeping using a variety of methods before suiting up in protective gear and visiting a beehive with an experienced beekeeper! The day ends after extracting honey from a hive and participants are sent home with a personalized certificate, small bottle of honey, and other bee related goodies.

All programs are held on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Cost: $35 per child.

*Children under the age of 9 must have a parent or guardian present at all times. Parents/guardians of older children are welcome to stay if they’d like.

The facilities will have a kitchen and restroom facilities, but children should bring their lunch, and plenty to drink. (We will have extra water.)

All attendees must bring a standard Release/Waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.

All activities will be supervised by Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association members, and protective clothing (bee suits, gloves and veils) will be provided.

Picnic, Honey Show and Auction
Sep 15 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Monthly Meeting-
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Monthly Meeting
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2020 MABA Short Course
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Come to the MABA Short Course to learn the fundamentals of beekeeping from our panel of experts. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning about honey bees, even if a hive is not in your immediate future.

Setting up new hives must be done in the spring, generally from March to May. This course is offered in January to give potential beekeepers time to order bees and equipment and prepare a site for hives. Since the course takes place in January, our classroom course will not involve live bees. During the spring and summer months, hands-on experience with live bees will be available to all Short Course students through the MABA Hive Inspection program. In the MABA Hive Inspections, small groups go through a beehive with an experienced beekeeper in one of several MABA hive locations in the Atlanta area.

Where: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 
When : Saturday, January 25, 2020 
Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:40. Course ends at 4:30 PM
Fee for the one day course is $105 per person

What’s Included

  • Current information on beekeeping and how to get started
  • First class presentations by educators in entomology and botany as well as experienced urban beekeepers
  • One year membership to MABA
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch and beverages

Each participant will receive:

  • Keith S. Delaplane’s book First Lessons In Beekeeping
  • Beekeeping Supplier Catalogs
  • List of sources to obtain bees

There will also be a beekeeping vendor onsite.

Can children enroll?
We don’t have a firm age limit. This is an all day classroom course for people who want to learn how to keep bees. It is up to you to determine if your child would be comfortable in this format.
Are there discounts for families/seniors/etc?
We are not able to offer discounts.
What’s the cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel before December 15 you may have a refund minus our processing fees. If it’s after December 15 we can only issue a refund (minus our processing fees) in case of emergencies.

Email Julia Mahood with any other questions at MABAShortCourse@gmail.com

Monthly Meeting- Mike Connor
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Monthly Meeting- Jennifer Tsuruda
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Membership not Required

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Annual Picnic and Honey Contest held in September may be scheduled for a different day than the regular meeting day. Please see the Calendar for more details about scheduled events.

Meetings usually include interesting speakers and discussions on a variety of topics related to beekeeping, such as hive management, honey bee problems, honey, beeswax, and other hive products.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Everyone interested in honey bees is welcome!

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
3180 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

MABA Beekeeper of the Year

2018: Gina Gallucci

Gina Gallucci
Gina Gallucci is a tireless MABA volunteer who cares deeply  about this organization. She is a Past President, and now, 6 years after stepping down from that tremendous job, she manages several other MABA programs. Gina is the voice of optimism and positive thinking. She sees and believes in the best in people, and when she gives advice she does it with an open heart. Gina has been working hard for bees, beekeepers, and MABA for many years. It’s impossible to know just how many beekeepers lives she has helped.
The MABA beekeeper of the year is someone who has not only demonstrated and promoted good beekeeping, but who also has served the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association as an outstanding volunteer. To nominate someone for this year’s award, fill out this form by September 1.  The award will be given at the September Picnic and Honey Show. Link to nominate:  www.memberplanet.com/s/mababc/beekeeperoftheyea

Beekeeping is Sweet!

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