Welcome to the Back Yard Beekeepers Association

Save the date for these upcoming events 

Did you miss Bee School?  That’s ok!  You still have time before the season starts.  Watch Digital Bee School and bring your questions to one of our many workshops!  Register Today!

Hands-On Hive Workshop – Saturday, 2/17/24 – Join us to see and touch a variety of different beekeeping equipment.  Learn about more than just your basic hive.  We’ll talk about bear fences, pollen traps, tips for building your equipment and making it last!

New Bee Fundamentals/Special Topics – Tuesday, 2/20/24 – Join us for our monthly Zoom Q & A Session where you can bring your questions to our panel of experienced beekeepers.  We’ll discuss seasonal topics and take your questions.  Beekeepers of all levels are welcome for one or both sessions.

CSI: Deadout – Sunday, 2/25/24 – Join us as we do a hive autopsy on a colony that died over the winter.  We’ll look for clues, talk about resources and share tips about next steps.

February Regular Meeting – Tuesday, 2/27/24 – EAS Master Beekeeper, John Gaut – Queen Rearing for the back yard beekeeper.  Our regular meetings are free and open to the public.  We hope you’ll join us!

About Us
The mission of BYBA is to provide our membership with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping, and to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public.
Welcome to the Back Yard Beekeepers Association. With over 250 members, our association has grown to become one of the Nation’s largest regional clubs for beekeeping hobbyists. Some of our members are just getting started as beekeepers, and some have enjoyed this hobby for years. All share an interest in the wonderful and remarkable world of the honey bee.
The purpose of the BYBA is to provide our membership with interesting and practical information about honey bees and the “how-to’s” of beekeeping. The club also provides the general public with educational programs about honey bees and the benefits of bees and beekeeping in our communities.
The BYBA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization.

February Regular Meeting Tuesday, 2/27/24 @ 7 PM

EAS Master Beekeeper, John Gaut – Queen Rearing for the Back Yard Beekeeper

Queen Rearing for the Back Yard Beekeeper

Several options will be reviewed for the backyard beekeepers who want to raise queens.  High quality queens result when important queen rearing biology factors are considered during queen rearing.  Also, several myths related to queens will be discussed.


John A. Gaut, an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, has a decades long relationship with honey bees. He managed a dozen hives on his family’s dairy farm in Pennsylvania beginning when he was 9 and all through high school.

John is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with an Agricultural Engineering degree and applies engineering principles to beekeeping. As a result, John is a data driven beekeeper and strives to practice precision apiculture. His beekeeping practices minimizes losses while maximizing productivity of honey, queens and bees.

He now has hives in multiple locations in northern New Jersey. Honey from his production hives is sold at a local farm store. John also raises queens from his own locally adapted stock for other beekeepers in his area.

Join us as John teaches us about his tips on queen rearing for the back yard beekeeper.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEETING IS IN PERSON AND OUR SPEAKER WILL BE HERE LIVE.  Please join us at 7 PM to allow time to socialize and chat with other members of the club.  Our speaker presentation will begin at 7:30 PM.

Our general membership meetings are held on the last Tuesday of most months at 7:30 PM at the Norfield Church in Weston, CT.
Please see our Calendar of Events for details.

64 Norfield Rd
Weston, CT 06883

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