About Brevard Backyard Beekeepers Inc.

Brevard Backyard BeekeepersAbout Us

Clifton Best founded Brevard Backyard Beekeepers in 2015 in order to share his love of honey bees. Cliff is a professional live bee removal expert and honey bee enthusiast.

We demonstrate the importance of honeybees to children in the Brevard community.

The Club provides a meeting place for Brevard County beekeepers and all those with a love of honeybees. Our mission:

To facilitate the sharing of scientific knowledge and experiences, create an atmosphere of fellowship with honey bee enthusiasts, encourage and educate those who want to become backyard beekeepers, and further the survival of honeybees and other pollinators.

Educational topics are presented monthly and are structured to coincide with the honeybee’s natural biological cycle.

The Club strives to explore and enhance opportunities for members to advance their beekeeping skills and education. Above all, Brevard Backyard Beekeepers wants all its members, whether beginner or more advanced, to have fun and enjoy beekeeping. Today, the Brevard Backyard Beekeepers has nearly 100 members.  

The Club hosts an annual National Honey Bee Day Festival on a Saturday in August each year. It is a free event, open to the public, to celebrate honey bees.  It is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate honey bees and their contribution to humans’ everyday lives. We educate with the goal of protecting this critical species. The event also pays homage to beekeepers, whose labors ensure there are well-managed, healthy bees to pollinate crops.

Where we meet

Brevard Backyard Beekeepers meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:15 pm (for July 2024, we will be meeting on Wednesday, July 3!). Our meeting place is in the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Brevard Extension Office. The UF/IFAS Center is located at 3695 Lake Drive Cocoa, FL 32926.  We welcome friends, family and honeybee enthusiasts to join us at our meetings and other activities.

The Committee

  • President – Joe Cardali
  • Vice President – Todd Snyder
  • Treasurer – Carla Matthews
  • Secretary – Matt Thompson
  • Merchandise – Jeremy Rugar