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“What started in Michigan is now rapidly expanding with over 600 sustainable beekeepers across the country and world enjoying the benefits of membership!”

Why become an SBGMI member?

Discounts for American Bee Journal Magazine, Bee Culture Magazine, 6-months access to Natural Bee Husbandry Magazine, 10% off Napoleon Bee Supply, 6% off Cutler Bee Supply, 10% off Premier Beekeeping Products, 10% off Heffernan’s Woodenware, 5% off Flanary Ridge Honey Woodenware, 5% off ABC Bees Master Academy, Hive-Hugger Hive Insulation System

30+ Hours of Streaming Winter Conference Speaker Content from Cory Stevens, Michael Bush, Nathalie Biggie, Adrian Quiney, Les Crowder, Terry Combs, John Harbo PhD, Jamie Ellis PhD, David peck, PhD, Robyn Underwood, PhD, Kim Flottum, Stephen Repasky, Troy Hall, Stephen Martin, PhD, Kaira Wagoner, PhD, Melanie Kirby, Ang Roell, Randy McCaffrey, Ryan Williamson – and more….

Additionally, your support is utilized to facilitate monthly presentations from beekeepers, researchers, and innovators who are all invested in sustainable beekeeping practices that focus on better bred bees. Recordings are posted when available or made accessible to registered members.

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Natural, Sustainable, and Treatment Free Beekeeping practice is the norm at SBGMI, we are here to help!


Northern Queen Initiative – Pickup or Ship


A collaborative and thoughtful mission fostered through education, intelligent dialog, and practice that will carry out natural management of honeybees in Michigan and abroad utilizing scientific principles grounded in naturalist theory whilst promoting the chief end of an acaricide-free and sustainable method of beekeeping and honey making.

Our primary objective is to foster and develop regions of beekeepers focused on raising, exchanging, and utilizing local resource. The guild will focus on education, mentoring, and support of hobbyists and sideliners to propagate local sustainable survivor honey bee genetics and improved drone breeding populations that complement chemical-free and survival queen rearing practices.

Although open to beekeepers, hobbyists, sideliners, and the rest, the SBGMI primarily discourages prophylactic use of chemical treatments and defers to physical or mechanical manipulations and interventions first.

Thus, the ultimate end will result in a culture striving to increase local colony resilience to pathogens, diseases, and reduce the risk and occurrence of treatment resistance in Varroa destructor Mites and other honey bee maladies.

We’d love to hear from you. Do not hesitate to reach out with questions or other inquiries!

Next Meeting: May 2nd, 2024 6:00-8:00PM (EST)

Live Spring Mini-Conference: One two punch, mite biology and VSH honey bee breeding

Location: Zoom, Registration is Required

Proud Affiliations and Sponsors

These organizations and people play big parts in our success and we count on them and their support! Please support them as well!

Northern Bee Books
Natural Bee Husbandry Magazine
Flanary Ridge Honey, LLC. Beekeeping Supplies

SBGMI Non-Discrimination Statement

The SBGMI does not unlawfully discriminate internally (in its administrative and program operations) or externally (in provision of services) on the basis of race, political orientation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or mental or physical disability or any other status prohibited by applicable law.

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