Welcome to the Kalamazoo Bee Club
The Kalamazoo Bee Club provides beekeeping education, support, and bee-related services to the greater Kalamazoo area. The Kalamazoo Bee Club is an open club—anyone can be a member; no membership fee or dues are collected. We provide education through monthly programs (generally in the form of an educational presentation), field days during the non-winter months at the club apiary, and our annual Bee School.
Bee School 2017
Save the Date! Saturday, February 18, 2017
Organizers are busy pulling all the details together for this year’s Kalamazoo Bee School. Mark your calendars and join us at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for a full day of beekeeping education. There is something offered for everyone — from the “new bee” to the advanced beekeeper! This year’s Keynote Speaker is Michale Palmer who will be speaking on “The Sustainable Apiary.” Follow this link to learn more about Kalamazoo Bee School 2017.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: Use the button below to register online or download a registration form and mail it in.
November Club Meeting
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30
at the Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Microbials & Honeybee Nutrition
Presentation Slide Deck now available!
Earl is a local beekeeper from the Battle Creek area. Along with his wife Carol, they have been keeping bees and raising queens for many years. Recently they have been focusing on honey bee health and nutrition.
Microbials. What are they? How do they work? In this talk, Eral Hoffman will explain the importance of various microbials to the health of honeybees and what beekeepers need to know about them.
Nutrition for bees is important and natural sources are the best for honeybee health. In this presentation, Earl will discuss the best natural nutritional sources for honeybees. But natural sources are not always available in this time of herbicides and fencerow-to-fencerow farming. He will discuss the best ways to supplementally feed our bees to keep them alive and healthy. Pollen tubes and pollen patties, along with other ways provide supplementally feed will be discussed.