Welcome to the Back Yard Beekeepers Association

Save the date for these upcoming events!

New Bees/Special Topics– Join us, Tuesday May 17th for our monthly discussion and Q&A on topics of interest to the beginning beekeeper. At 7:30 PM the meeting will switch to Special Topics, with more in-depth discussion and Q&A on topics of interest to all beekeepers.  You are welcome to attend either or both sessions. The sessions will both take place within the same Zoom session and use the same link.

Queen Rearing Cycle 1 Join David Blocher at the Queen Yard & learn everything you need to know to raise your own queen bees!  This is an intensive series of hands-on workshops.  At the end of the series, you will develop a full grounding of bee development and queen rearing.  Session 1 runs from May 18th – June 7th.

Introduction to Queen Rearing – Join David Blocher as he explains the process behind rearing your own queens.

May Regular Meeting with Guest Speaker Raina Jain – May 24th 7:30 PM – HiveGuard: Eliminating Varroa Mite Infestations Using Thymol Entranceway.  Raina will be with us in person at the Norfield Congregational Church.  You may also join us via Zoom.

Queen Rearing Cycle 2Join David Blocher at the Queen Yard & learn everything you need to know to raise your own queen bees!  This is an intensive series of hands-on workshops.  At the end of the series, you will develop a full grounding of bee development and queen rearing.  Session 2 runs from June 8th – June 22nd.

For more info on upcoming Meetings and Workshops, please see our Calendar of Events.

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.

Join Us for our May General Meeting, May 24th at 7:30PM.  With Guest Speaker Raina Jain!

 

About the Speaker

Raina believes entrepreneurship and science are powerful ways to make an impact. She is the inventor of HiveGuard, a patented device that works to eliminate varroa mite infestations from honeybee hives, the root cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). 

Her work with honeybees awarded her a spot in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, one of forty students selected nationally. She is also the recipient of a first place and best of category award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and received a minor planet in her name by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. 

When her lab shut down during Covid and HiveGuard came to a pause, Raina founded Queen Bee, wellness supplements infused with honeybee byproducts where a pollinator tree is planted for every bottle sold. She recently launched in Whole Foods Market and is rapidly expanding to other national retailers in the coming months.

Her work with honeybees has been featured in Forbes Magazine and Bee Culture, a niche magazine for America’s beekeepers. With a passion for science, entrepreneurship and long-distance running, Raina’s motto is: “Have big goals and even bigger dreams but remember to take one step at a time.”

 

 

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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