Serving the Beekeeping Community
in Northern Florida & Southern Georgia
APALACHEE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION WELCOMES YOU
Apalachee Beekeepers Association is a fast-growing beekeeping organization in the North Florida area. Membership is for all beekeepers in the North Florida and South Georgia region, from commercial to the backyard hobbyist. Most of our members are hobbyists. All of our members are outstanding.
Our spring Introduction to Beekeeping Short Course program is always a huge success and
a great way to get started. We are very fortunate to have an active group of experienced beekeepers willing and able to share their knowledge and skills to the "new-bees."
Join us, if you’re not already a member.
APRIL NEWS ABOUT NUCS FOR NEWBEES -- AND YOU!
ABA has nucs available now. First come, first serve. The cost is $150 and can be paid at this link.
Nucs offered for sale under this program are a 5 frame nuc with a new 2020 laying queen with 5 drawn deep frames with bees, brood and food stores. Nucs have been treated for mites and have small hive beetles under control. (One Apivar strip and one beetle blaster.)
If you ordered your nuc at the Short Course, you'll get an email later in April with the pick-up date and location.
All nuc information regarding pick up and location will be handled by email. Please provide a good phone number and email when ordering or send an email: Leah Steele via email with any questions.
WHAT WE DO
Come Join In
Stay Up to Date
Monthly meeting topic, date, time, and location are listed in the upcoming events page. Monthly meetings consist of a brief business meeting, followed by a regular educational program with a great line-up of expert and outside speakers. Our Association offers hands-on teaching at club hives by appointment. When you become a member, you'll have access to the "members" section of this website and enjoy many other benefits. Pay annual dues $30 (Jan-Dec) at this link.
Learning by Doing
Whether you have your own hives, or you are still waiting to jump in completely, you can start learning-by-doing in our mentor/mentee pairing program. The first step is to become an ABA Member. Then, attend our spring Intro to Beekeeping Short Course program where you will gain the requisite knowledge to be a safe and effective beekeeper. Lastly, it's important that you attend our regular monthly meetings where you will get to know the members in your area and learn all about the local blooms, honey flows, pest management best practices, etc. Veteran beekeepers are always here to help "new bees" in need!
Just send us an email if you'd like to make an appointment to meet at one of our club hives for a one-on-one lesson.
SPRING NEW BEEKEEPERS WORKSHOP
Growing the Bees
At Apalachee Beekeepers Association, we are dedicated to supporting individuals through our various initiatives.
LEARN TO BE A BEEKEEPER
The annual ABA Intro to Beekeeping Short Course will be held at the Wakulla County Extension Office Facilities on March 7, 2020. Reserve your place online. The fee is $65 which includes membership in the Apalachee Beekeepers Association (and the FSBA!) for one year, along with literature, sessions with local experts, beverages, snacks and lunch. Register and reserve your place at the 2020 Short Course at this link.
INVITE ABA TO PRESENT TO YOUR SCHOOL OR CLUB
If you are interested in having an educational booth or speaker sponsored by the Apalachee Beekeepers Association at an event you are planning, send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!!
OPEN HIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
Teachable moments in the hives
Since May 2011, we have had two beehives at the location of our monthly meetings. The hives were donated by Bob Livingston and he did the work on getting them in place with a nice fence. Thanks Bob!! As we transition to a new monthly meeting location, we are offering lessons at our various club hives by appointment only. Please remember to bring your veil!
By Appointment Only:
LEON COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE:
WAKULLA COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE
JEFFERSON COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE:
Helping The Community
At Apalachee Beekeepers Association, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this issue. Advocacy is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
“If you are not confused, you're not keeping bees”