sustainable backyard beekeeping

Upcoming March 5, 2016, Northern Arizona Organic Beekeepers’ Association (NAOBA) Meeting

NAOBA workshop with Les Crowder

NAOBA workshop with Les Crowder

The Northern Arizona Organic Beekeepers’ Association is a new and still organizing group of like-minded beekeepers who have come together “to support the efforts of its members as they work together to advance the health and well being of honeybees, and to encourage organic beekeeping practices in our home bioregion. We will accomplish this purpose through education, research, entrepreneurship, and advocacy.”  (The words in quotation marks are from our purpose statement).

So far NAOBA has had several meetings, all held in Sedona, Camp Verde, and the Village of Oak Creek, Arizona. Each meeting has been attended by people from around the region (Flagstaff, Sedona, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cornville, and several other communities). We have an all-volunteer advisory board that has been working to create, define, and establish the organization. We have hosted one advanced top bar beekeeping workshop with well-known organic beekeeper Les Crowder, focused on queen rearing, and we held another workshop in Cornville about how to go about requeening a highly defensive “Africanized” hive. There will be other meetings, events, and workshops during 2016.

The first NAOBA meeting of 2016 will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Verde Valley School (library) in the Village of Oak Creek, Arizona. This will be a potluck lunch event and all are invited (please bring a dish). We will have short presentations and updates from our members, and we will also be opening a hive that is living on the edge of the Verde Valley School’s Garden.  For more information, visit NAOBA’s Facebook page and/or our website:

If you are interested in being on the NAOBA mailing list, send me an e-mail to this address: We will send you an invitation to join the NAOBA mailing list via Google Groups.


Patrick Pynes
President, NAOBA