Memphis Area Beekeepers AssociationP.O. Box 38028, Germantown, TN 38183 /////// Meeting Location: 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. | Memphis, TN 38120
Welcome to the Memphis Area Beekeepers Association webpages.
We are a club of professionals and amateurs interested in beekeeping in and around the Mid-South. We are a diverse group, the one thing we have in common is that we are interested in bees and beekeeping. Some of us have many hives and others have none. We all love honey and honeybees!
Want to join the club? Download a 2019 Memphis Area Beekeepers Registration Form, and mail it to us (address is on the form), or bring it with your payment to our next meeting.
We are now on Facebook and Twitter, please follow us! All MABA-sponsored events will be posted here as well as on Facebook and Twitter. These will include MABA meetings, short courses, field days, and other beekeeping events throughout the Mid-South that may be of interest to members and the public.
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Do you have a swarm at your house that needs to be removed? Or bees in your house? Click the 2018 List of Independent Beekeepers for Swarm Removals to see a list of names and phone numbers of MABA members willing to remove swarms or honeybees from your home.
Join us at our Upcoming Events!
For MABA Members, come learn about what to expect during your March beehive inspections! Gus Mitchell and Robert Hodum will teach attendees (you?) about reversing boxes, when to add boxes, and comparing weak and strong colonies. If you decide to attend, please bring your own protective equipment (mandatory), a hive tool, and a smile! We hope that you will take advantage of this field day. See y’all there!
Where is the MABA Agricenter Bee Yard? From the Agricenter (where we meet) take Smythe Farm Road, take a right turn onto B. Lee Mallory Road after the Arrowhead Nursery, also on your right. Go up the gravel road (north towards Walnut Grove Rd) and park above or below the gate, please do not block the road. The bee yard is on the left, suit up before going in!
March 22-23, 2019 – The 2019 Honey Convention returns, this time to Fountainhead College of Technology in Knoxville, TN! Look forward to 18 great speakers and 70+ classes to attend! Lectures. Networking. Workshops. Classes. Vendors. Food. Door Prizes. Auction. If it’s about beekeeping it will be there!!
April 8, 2019 – MABA April 2019 Meeting – Wanna learn more about swarms and splits? You will be in the right place during this meeting! Dena Hodge, Robert Hodum, and Sammy Mardis will present their “do’s” and “don’t’s” for successful swarm captures and colony splits. See y’all there!
May 13, 2019 – MABA May 2019 Meeting – Speakers and Subject coming soon!
June 10, 2019 – MABA June 2019 Meeting – Dr. Jeffrey Harris, Mississippi State University Associate Extension/Research Professor, will return to MABA for a practical, fact-filled presentation for beekeepers of all experience levels. You’ll be sorry if you miss this meeting!
July 8, 2019 – MABA July 2019 Meeting – Speakers and Subject coming soon!
July 8-10, 2019 – Heartland Apicultural Society 2019 meeting in Bowling Green, KY! HAS 2019 will be hosted by Western Kentucky University. With 6 keynote speakers and 24 more great speakers this meeting will have everything you need at any level of beekeeping. Registration forthcoming.
August 12, 2019 – MABA August 2019 Meeting – Speakers and Subject coming soon!
September 8-12, 2019 – Apimondia 2019 – The 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress is in Montreal, Quebec, Canada this year, the first and last time in North America for several years. This is the place to be to learn about international beekeeping challenges and practices! Let us know if you plan on attending!
September 9, 2019 – MABA September 2019 Meeting – Mike Studer, Tennessee State Apiarist, will present the state of beekeeping in TN and how to keep our bees healthy and thriving. You will want to attend this meeting! If there is enough interest Mr. Studer will hold a TN Apiary Inspector Course. Please let Bob if you are interested in this class!
October 14, 2019 – MABA October 2019 Meeting – Speakers and Subject coming soon!
November 11, 2019 – MABA November 2019 Meeting – Speakers and Subject coming soon!
Importantly, the November MABA meeting is our yearly Honey Show and Competition! So let’s have everyone bring their best honey and hive products to be judged. That is how you win! Review the MABA Honey Show rules, prepare your products, and enter them to win your entered class, or maybe even the Premier Exhibitor! Best of luck to everyone!
December 9, 2019 – MABA December 2019 Meeting – A successful honey harvest deserves a celebration!
From the Tennessee Department of Agriculture: Consider registering your apiary and commercially grown crops sensitive to pesticides with the FieldWatch program, developed by Purdue University in response to the recent dicamba overspray events of the last few years. Read more about it here.
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We meet at 7 P.M., every second Monday of the month at the Agricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Road around back in “Concourse C.” Should you decide to come, remember “Concourse C” and look for us in one of two locations, either the Banquet Room to the left as you enter the building or in the Amphitheater.
Remember to bring questions and drop them in the box as you enter. All questions will be taken from the box and answered during the meeting. We often have an open question format following presentations, please feel free to ask you questions.
Educational programs for groups in the area.
Help in removing honeybees that invade the spaces of people. If you have honeybees on your property and would like them removed, click on the List of Independent Beekeepers for Swarm Removals tab above to see a list of people willing to help.