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Beekeeping FAQ

How do I get started beekeeping?
We recommend you attend our some of our monthly meetings to learn more about beekeeping.  See our home page for times & location.
You may also want to take our beekeeping class.  See this page for more info.

Is it expensive?
It is not as bad as you think but with most hobbies you can do as little or as much as your wallet will allow.  Once you have a lot of the basic equipment it is a matter of adding more hive equipment.

How much time does it take?
It depends on how many hives you get & whether you extract honey.
The bees are fascinating to watch, & how much time you spend "inspecting" your hive really depends on you.

What are the benefits of MBA membership?
Support Youth Scholarships
Be notified of swarms in your area
Borrow our honey extractor
Coordinate selling your honey
Purchase opportunities. Buy queens or nucs in bulk & share costs or transportation.
If you sell bee-related items, we help you connect with customers
Offer items for sale at MBA mtgs
Develop friendships & collaborations.
Vote for Board & resolutions.
Support MBA missions to help more people become beekeepers & help each other become better beekeepers.

Do good.

Visitors are welcome and an integral part of our outreach to the community.  We recognize the importance of visitors at each monthly meeting.  However, after a couple of visits, we invite those that are truly interested in bees and the association join and become a voting member by paying your dues.