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.

Meeting Schedule

We will continue to have in-person MABA meetings in 2023!
We will also continue to use Zoom for meetings along with in-person meetings until further notice.  Please come join us!

In January, our speaker is Garrett Slater.

Dr. Garett Slater is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the USDA. He obtained his PhD from Purdue University in 2022 where his thesis work focused on applying modern genetic tools to honey bee breeding. Prior to taking on a PhD, he completed a MS on nutrition and queen quality at North Dakota State University. Applying genomic tools to beekeeping opens up many additional opportunities for beekeepers one of which is that with proper genetic selection, honey bees can develop natural defenses toward Varroa, pathogens, and other diseases which have historically proven difficult and time consuming for beekeepers. Garett has worked as a scientist and technician with the Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Minnesota for two years where he worked directly with 30 commercial beekeepers in ND. He has 12 years of beekeeping experience, including working for a large commercial beekeeper in North Dakota for eight years.

Dr. Slater’s presentation is titled “Why are so many drones poor quality?” Many beekeepers have wondered if the quality of drones is decreasing, and we hope that Dr. Slater’s research can shed some light on this important question.
During mentor time, we will be discussing “splits” followed by open question and answer session.

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping
Come to the MABA One Day Beekeeping 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 Beekeeping 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.

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THIS FORM WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, OR EARLIER IF THE EVENT SELLS OUT.

Where
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
 
When 
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:40. Course ends at 4:30 PM
 
Fee

Fee for the one day course is $110 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.

FAQs
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 us with any other questions at MABAShortCourse@gmail.com

MABA Calendar

Feb
11
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Blue Heron with Gina Gallucci
Feb 11 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/22523blueheronhiveinspectionwithginagallucci_1

Feb
21
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) – Jeorg Meyer – Humidity and temperature monitoring
Feb 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held IN PERSON and virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm. Jeorg Meyer – Humidity and temperature monitoring

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00 – “What’s in your toolkit”

Mar
4
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Old Rucker Park with Ed Hoehn
Mar 4 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/3423ruckerparkhiveinspectionwithedhoehn_1

Hive Inspection @ Lost Corner with Julia Mahood
Mar 4 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/342023lostcornerinspectionwithjuliamahood_1

Mar
11
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Blue Heron with Gina Gallucci
Mar 11 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/31123blueheronhiveinspectionwithginagallucci_1

Mar
12
Sun
Hive Inspection @ Morningside Community Garden with Linda Tillman
Mar 12 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/31223inspectionatmorningsidecommunitygardenwithlindatillman_1

Mar
18
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Old Rucker Park with Ed Hoehn
Mar 18 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/31823ruckerparkhiveinspectionwithedhoehn_1

Hive Inspection @ Blue Heron with Gina Gallucci
Mar 18 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/31823blueheronhiveinspectionwithginagallucci_1

Mar
21
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) – Virginia Webb – Beeswax
Mar 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held IN PERSON and virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.   Virginia Webb – Beeswax

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

Mar
26
Sun
Hive Inspection @ Chastain Park with Jay Parsons
Mar 26 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/03262023chastainparkhiveinspectionwithjayparsons_1

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!

PRUMC Map

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

kie-ker @ Pixabay, silk bee (colletes) on small yellow flowers

Beekeeping

Books

The following are books recommended by the Georgia Master Beekeeping Program.

  • First Lessons in Beekeeping by Dr. Keith Delaplane
  • The Buzz about Bees: The Biology of a Superorganism by Jürgen Tautz
  • Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley
  • Wisdom of the Hive by Thomas D. Seeley
  • The Biology of the Honey Bee by Mark Winston
  • The Bees in your Backyard by J.S. Wilson & O. Messinger Carril

Beekeeping is Sweet!