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5 ways you can help bees

  • Plant things that bees like
  • Provide bee habitat
  • Eliminate garden pesticides
  • Let your veggies bolt
  • Support local beekeepers

A sweet as honey experience

There are no requirements for membership—you don’t even have to be a beekeeper. Perhaps you have one hive or 1,000—or simply want to learn more before taking the plunge. We encourage you join us! If you wish, you can attend a meeting to find out what we’re about before becoming a member.

Membership Benefits

Your membership lets you tap into current University of Minnesota research and:

  • Meet and participate in hive management discussions
  • Learn from the experts in entomology and apiculture
  • Network with local beekeepers and attend fun events, including our summer picnic and winter banquet
  • Participate in hands-on hive management at the U of M’s Honey House and demonstration hives
  • Receive the MHBA monthly newsletter with the extra benefit of free classified ads
  • Find a mentor
  • Receive discounted subscriptions to national beekeeping magazines
  • Join our members-only online forum
  • Use educational materials from our lending library

Many Ways to Get Involved

MHBA offers many opportunities to support other beekeepers and spread knowledge in the community about honey bees. Members can:

  • Share new ideas and inventions
  • Serve on a committee or governing board
  • Participate in youth programs
  • Provide snacks for meetings
  • Mentor new members
  • Volunteer for U of M helper day
  • Donate books and videos to the lending library
  • Contribute to the Basil Furgala Scholarship Fund and/or University of Minnesota Research Fund

Registration and Dues

Download the registration form here, or pick up a printed form at a meeting. Annual dues are $20 per individual, couple or family.