Memphis Area Beekeepers Association

4852 Waycross Ave, Millington, TN 38053 /////// 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 2018 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.


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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! 






September 22, 2018 – Second Annual Fall Beekeeping Conference at the Agricenter in Memphis, TN at 8 AM, with registration starting at 7:30 AM.

*** We will meet in the AMPHITHEATER, using the upstairs east entrance, the same for the Short Course and the last meeting ***

Welcome back for the Second Annual Fall Beekeeping Conference at the Agricenter! We are please to have excellent speakers that will discuss their successes (and failures), for practical use in our apiaries. This is an all-day meeting, with many sessions, the agenda is forthcoming with the specific topics to be covered. This meeting will be helpful whether you are a seasoned beekeeper or don’t have a hive yet.

Please print out the registration form, fill it out, and bring it with you, along with your $20 registration fee to the September 22, 2018 Second Annual Fall Beekeeping Conference at the Agricenter in Memphis, TN.

The scheduled speakers are:

1) Dr. Leo Sharashkin – known for his natural beekeeping methods and use of horizontal hives (Layens and long Langstroths), along with innovative swarm trapping. His presentations will have many talking about colony health.

Topics: 1) Natural Beekeeping that Works, 2) $20/lb Honey – Crafting & Marketing

2) Charlie Parton – Parton Apiaries began 36 years ago in Maryville Tennessee with two hives, and has grown to an operation which runs 80 plus colonies. He is immediate past President for Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA) and past East TN Regional Vice President. Charlie was selected as TBA’s Beekeeper of the year in 2011 and the TBA Life Member in 2013. He is active in the Blount County Beekeepers Association serving in several capacities including two terms as president.

Topics: 1) Building a TDA (TN Dept. of Agriculture) Approved Honey House, 2) Making Nucs – Why and How

3) Jennifer Berry – Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research objectives have focused on improving honey bee health, the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on beneficial insects and IPM techniques for varroa and small hive beetle control.

Topics: 1) Back to the Basics on Keeping Bees Alive, 2) Fighting for Our Bees

We look forward to excellent presentations from these wonderful beekeepers! See y’all there!


October 12-13, 2018 – TBA Fall Conference

The annual Tennesssee Beekeeper’s Association Fall Conference is a great time to learn more about bees and different beekeepers from around the state. Take part in the honey competition!

It is a 4 hour drive from Memphis and always worth it! This year the TBA Fall Conference is October 12 & 13 at the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. Presenters and subjects are forthcoming.




October 12-14, 2018 – The Pink Palace Crafts Fair – Honey Sales!

Think about Volunteering to teach and sell honey at the upcoming festivals in September and October. We’ll need help unloading, selling, demonstrating, and teaching the public about beekeeping, we hope to see you there!

The Germantown Festival is September 8-9, 2018

The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is October 12-14, 2018

Contact Bob Whitworth if you would like to sign up to volunteer, or 901-569-3560.





Stay tuned for MABA field days, we will post these on this website, as well as on FaceBook and Twitter!


From the Tennesee 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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There’s a chance to get a TN Honeybee ? license plate. They need 1,000 Preorders.



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.

We provide:

  • 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.

Questions? Send Bob Whitworth an email,




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