Sustainable Beekeepers Guild of Michigan

Building Better Apiaries and Beekeepers

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A Beekeeping Guild for Natural & Sustainable Practice

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


A collaborative and thoughtful mission fostered through education and intelligent dialog and practice that will carry out natural management of honey bees in Michigan. Utilizing scientific principles grounded in naturalist theory whilst promoting the chief end of a chemical-free and sustainable method of beekeeping and honey making.

Our chief objective is to foster and develop a region of local genetics focused on raising, exchanging, and utilizing local resources. The guild will focus on education, fostering, 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, SBGMI primarily discourages prophylactic use of chemical treatments and defers to physical or mechanical manipulations and interventions first.

The ultimate end resulting 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 honeybee maladies.

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

We meet on: June 7th, 2022 We meet at: 6:30 PM EST

Location: Virtual/Zoom, Guest Speaker John Schwartz on OTS Queen Rearing
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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
Michigan Treatment Free Beekeepers Facebook Group
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