Welcome to the San Francisco Beekeepers Association

NEWS: Wed, Nov. 13: Join us for a presentation by local herbalist, farmer and educator Maya Blow at St John’s Armenian Church. Announcements/Q&A at 7pm, Program at 7:30pm (Click for details)

The San Francisco Beekeepers Association is the premier organization for beekeepers in our city.

Our mission is to:

  • promote the welfare of honeybees and those who manage them
  • perform public outreach on behalf of bees to schools and civic groups
  • conduct classes to train incoming beekeepers on the art and science of managing bees
  • define and promote safe, community-friendly and environmentally sound beekeeping practices
  • maintain equipment such as extractors that are vital to beekeeping
  • help San Francisco beekeepers replenish lost stock with annual “bee pack” purchases, and
  • offer swarm removal services to the public at no or low cost.

Membership costs just $30 per year ($40 for a family membership) and you can join the club now online.

Come to our next meeting …

The SF Beekeepers meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 pm at St. John Armenian Apostolic Church, 275 Olympia Way.

Meetings start with a general Q&A followed by an expert speaker. All meetings are free and open to the public, and visitors, experienced beekeepers and would-be beekeepers are all invited.

Join SFBA now!

Your membership costs just $30/year (or $40 for the whole family) and includes:

  • Discounts on beekeeping classes and events
  • Access to club equipment including extractors, hive carriers, candle molds, frame jigs, observation hive, plus an extensive library of beekeeping books and media
  • Access to our annual bulk purchase of “bee packs” (fertilized queen and approx. 5,000 bees) from reputable breeders
  • Discounted subscriptions to Bee Culture or American Bee Journal magazines
  • Plus, mentoring, advice and support from the friendliest and most knowledgeable beekeepers in the city

Want to become a beekeeper?

We run classes every February and March to train incoming beekeepers. Classes are open to the public and at a discounted rate to members; you can either get on our mailing list or  join the club now to be sure of being notified when & how to sign up.

Need help with a swarm?

A “swarm” is a large mass of honeybees clinging to an object such as a tree branch or bush, side of house, or even just on the ground. Don’t panic if you see one; bees in a swarm are usually quite gentle. Instead, just call the SFBA Swarm Dispatcher swarmButtonat (415) 99-SWARM or (415) 997-9276 or click this link for more information.

Photo credit: Nicolás Boullosa