Welcome to the West Sound Beekeepers Association (WSBA) homepage!
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We hope you find our website informative about our organization and useful if you are interested in beekeeping. If you have any questions about our organization or our activities please email us, contact one of the officers, or show up at a scheduled meeting or event. We look forward to meeting new people interested in bees and beekeeping.
The WSBA is one of about two dozen local beekeeping associations distributed around Washington State. Our Association focuses on training new beekeepers and developing skills beyond the beginner level. We hold our monthly meetings at the Tracyton United Methodist Church, 5153 Naomi Ave. Bremerton WA; and our WSBA teaching apiary is located behind the Stedman's Bee Supply buildings located at 3763 NW Anderson Hill Rd in Silverdale. This apiary is managed through volunteer effort to support the many hands-on beekeeping classes and training efforts. The Association also maintains a lending library of beekeeping books, videos, magazines, and equipment available to current members.
For potential beginner beekeepers:
Many new beekeepers begin in the spring with our Beginning Beekeeping Course, earning certification with the Washington State Beekeeping Association; and with experience the student can progress through the WASBA Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master Beekeeping Curriculum. Learning is combined with hands-on sessions in the WSBA Apiary. The beginning course is timed for new beekeepers to prepare for starting hives in April. Throughout the season WSBA members can volunteer in the Apiary to gain experience and attend Saturday morning tutorials. "Northwest Beekeeping" and "Queen Rearing" are held in alternate years. We encourage new beekeepers to take all the classes they can, especially in the first few years. Your bees will greatly benefit from your increasing knowledge.