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Welcome to the home web site of the Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild. Our organization is dedicated to beekeeping and helping non beekeepers understand bees in and around the Santa Clara Valley. The valley, also know as "Silicon Valley", comprises San Jose California, the surrounding cities,and parts of Santa Clara County. Our membership also includes those from nearby Santa Cruz and the areas in-between.

If you already have bees our meetings provide a source of new information, and the opportunity to exchange ideas or techniques with other beekeepers. For the communities in our area we are a source of educational information on bees and about people who can handle swarms without killing the bees.

If you are new to beekeeping or just thinking about having a hive in the yard, come to our meetings. There you can ask questions, meet some locals that have bees in their yards, and, if one of the meetings is a field trip, learn the insides of a hive explained by experienced beekeepers .

If you are not sure about beekeeping and want to know more in a short time then go to our Download page for some free books that will give you a short introduction to the subject before you pay for your first 'how to' book. Beekeepers in California should take advantage of these books that, although dated in some areas, provide lot of basic information on beekeeping in our state.

There are many good web sites on bees and, in particular, honey bees. Our pages, rather than repeat that information, contain more of an introduction to various bee subjects along with links to other sites and reference materials. While our links are not extensive they will provide a starting point in your quest. You are invited to use the index on the left to learn more about us and bees.

If we have errors, missing information or you want to know more about what we can provide to you or your organization, please contact us using the "Contacts" link on the left.


Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild
Updated 8jun2017