Welcome to the website of the Beekeepers' Guild Of San Mateo County, California. The Guild provides a valuable community for sharing information, tips and resources, and camaraderie. Experienced members frequently guide and mentor beginning beekeepers.
We always welcome new members, regardless of beekeeping experience. Our membership ranges from seasoned veterans with over 70 years of experience to hobbyists just starting out. We’re an eclectic group of hobbyists, small-scale beekeepers and commercial beekeepers.
You’ll also find a range in beekeeping approaches, from the more chemical intensive beekeepers to those who practice organic or natural beekeeping methods. We have members who keep Langstroth hives, as well as a contingent of top-bar beekeepers, and members who prefer to keep a few of each type of hive.
We are offering both beginning and intermediate classes in 2015. You’ll learn about the equipment and techniques of beekeeping, with an emphasis on keeping bees in urban and suburban settings. New in 2015 is a beekeeping overview class, a brief introduction to what it's like to keep bees. We are holding this class in January to allow plenty of time for attendees to acquire beekeeping equipment and order bees, if they decide to do so.
The Beekeepers' Guild of San Mateo County holds meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Carlos. Meetings feature experienced members or special guests who talk about honey bees and/or beekeeping. Meetings start at 7:00 pm; additionally, at 6:30 pm the BEEginner's Corner meets for informal discussion on beginning beekeeping.