Save The Date: Sept. 15

Mark your calendars and save the date: MABA's annual potluck dinner and member honey show will be held on Sunday, September 15, 4-8 p.m., at the Galloway School, 215 Chastain Park Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30342. Schedule of events: Honey Show Entry Check-In: 4 - 5 p.m. (no late entries accepted!)• B.Y.O.B. Cocktail Hour: 5 - 6 p.m.• Food Lines Open for Dinner: 6 p.m.• Live Auction, Beekeeper of The Year, & Honey Show Winners: 7 p.m. NOTE: Construction at the school will reduce parking available. Please consider ride sharing and carpooling.

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Journeyman Study Group Now Forming

Are you ready to take your beekeeping to the NEXT level? If you have already passed your certified beekeeper exam and held that certification for at least one full year, then you are eligible to sit for the journeyman exam. The journeyman certification is the second level of UGA’s master beekeeper program. Testing will take place during the GBA conference in September in Gainesville. To help candidates prepare for this difficult exam, MABA is forming a Journeyman study group. Led by MABA board member Shelli Godfrey, sessions will begin on April 16 and will continue through August. For more details and to…

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August Meeting – Saving Bees In Trees

At MABA’s Monday, August 12th meeting, our featured speaker will be Deb DeWitt, who will be speaking about her experiences with saving feral honey bee colonies from trees being removed around the Atlanta area. Deb fell in love with bees in 2018. A Master Beekeeper, she keeps bees at her home in downtown Atlanta, as well as in Chattahoochee Hills, Mt. Arabia, and Brevard NC, and manages the Tara Beekeepers’ teaching apiary in Decatur, where she also teaches a bekeeping class to high school students. Deb is Vice President of Tara Beekeepers, and a previous MABA board member.Beginning at 6:30…

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2024 MABA Honey Show Rules

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association Honey Show Rules, 2024 (Word doc) Best in Show is Awarded $250, then in each category 1st Place is Awarded $100, Second Place is awarded $50 and Third Place is awarded $20, in addition to Ribbons and Prize Cards (Black Jar and Novice classes are only awarded 1st Place Ribbons, Prize Cards and $100). General Rules of the Honey Show: The honey show is open to any current MABA member who is attending the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association Potluck Social who wishes to enter one or more classes. MABA members serving as show judges, secretaries and…

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Beekeeper of the Year

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. Any member is eligible except the club's executive officers who will evaluate the submissions. Traditionally, past recipients are not awarded the honor a second time. MABA Executive Officers / Selection Committee: • President -- Peter Helfrich • Vice President -- Ed Morgan • Treasurer -- Claressa Lucas • Secretary -- Linda Tillman • Web Administrator -- Shelli Godfrey Past recipients: • Gina Gallucci — 2018 • Ed Hoehn —…

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Hive Inspections

Join Us in a Hive Inspection at a Mentoring Apiary MABA Hive Inspections are a valuable opportunity for members to go through a hive with an experienced beekeeper at one of our Mentoring Apiaries in the Atlanta area. These events are free for MABA members. The non-member fee is $15.https://youtu.be/_yPqz69_25gSpecial thanks to Shannon Henson for creating this video from a MABA hive inspection led by Steve Esau on the Tapestry Community property in Ormewood Park on May 14, 2016. To view the video at YouTube, click here.How to sign up for a hive inspectionLook at the list of available dates in…

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Read more about the article Buy Local Honey & Hive Products / Services
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Buy Local Honey & Hive Products / Services

The following is a list of Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Club members that sell honey as well as other products of the hive. We do hope you will patronize our members who have worked hard to produce these products from their bees.If you are a MABA member and you wish to have your honey bee products listed here, please fill out this form. There is no extra charge for this membership benefit.

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Honey Contests

Beekeepers like to compete with each other with their honey and other hive products. At MABA these products are assessed by judges with internationally recognized qualifications and cash prizes are awarded.Current MABA members are welcome to participate in our annual Honey Show, which takes place during our Potluck Social in September. Best in Show is Awarded $250, then in each category 1st Place is Awarded $100, Second Place is awarded $50 and Third Place is awarded $25, in addition to Ribbons and Prize Cards (Black Jar and Novice classes are only awarded 1st Place Ribbons, Prize Cards and $100). General…

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Extraction Equipment Rentals

Everything you need to extract honey from frames The club currently has two sets of extraction equipment that can be rented by members for $10/day with a $20 deposit. The sets are positioned in midtown and GA400 North Fulton county. Approximate Equipment Checklist Stainless steel hand crank extractor, 2-frame, with screen, holding tank, and stand. It can hold 4 shallow frames. 5 gallon bucket with honey gate and lid Two nylon sieves, one course, one fine Uncapping Knife (heated) In Box Capping Scratcher Nesting uncapping and straining tanks with Wooden Cross Bar Members renting the equipment will need to provide their…

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Want to be a Swarm Chaser?

MABA members can simply request to be added to the club's swarm list.  You will indicate how high you are willing to climb to retrieve a swarm and where you live.  The swarm list manager will make the call based on queue order, location, and preferences. Swarm calls come in at all hours. If you are on the swarm list, you may be called at any time. Being on the swarm list does not guarantee that you will receive a call - swarm seasons can vary greatly. Those on the MABA swarm list must be current members, have the equipment…

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