2016 State and Branch Calendars

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State Calendar

February 13, 2016: Annual Winter Meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nottingham Ballroom, Nottingham Volunteer Fire Company, 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton. Speakers inclue Meghan McConnell (Bee Informed Partnership the Honey Bee Lab), State Apiarist Tim Schuler on "Absconding hives, varroa and viruses" and DeanPok, Fruit IPM Corrdinator, Rutgers Blueberry and Cranberry Research, on "Honey bees, Blueberries and Pesticides". The Annual Honey Show first place winning entries will be auctioned. Vendors will include Brushy Mountain (800 233-7929 to preorder for delivery at the meeting), Mann Lake (218 675-6784 to preorder for delivery at the meeting) and Grant Stiles (a Mann Lake distributor 732 661-0700 to preorder for delivery at the meeting).  Click here for agenda, costs and registration information.

April 23, 2016: Saturday, Annual Spring Meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., hosted by the Northwest branch, at Fewllowship Village, Basking Ridge. The featured speaker is Judy Chen, Ph.D from the USDA Beltsville Bee Lab, who will speak on " The Role in Viruses in Honey Bee Colony Losses". William Paterson University's Dr. David Gilley will speak on "Successful Swarm Management". Grace McMakin will inform us on the capabilities of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Bee Lab. Click here for complete details, including an agenda, on the Northwest website. To register, click here.

July 25-26, 2016:: Monday to Wednesday; courses for Beginners, Intermediate, Queen Rearing, Varroa Sampling and Control and Train the Trainers. These courses are offered in conjunction with the Eastern Apicultural Society 2016 Conference hosted by the NJBA and held at Stockton University, Galloway Township, NJ. Click here for a draft version of the ourse offerings.

July 27-29, 2016:: Wednesday to Friday, the Eastern Apicultural Society 2016 Conference hosted by the NJBA and held at Stockton University, Galloway Township, NJ. Among the speakers are Dr. Medhat Nasr, Jeffery S. Pettis, Dr. David R.Tarpy, Dr. James Frazier and Deborah A. Delaney. Click here for tentative calendar.

October 15, 2016: Saturday, Annual Fall Meeting, hosted by the Mid State branch, at the Ramada Inn, 1083 Route 206, Bordentown 08505, where a block of rooms will be available at a reasonable rate. The speaker will be the very entertaining Dr. James Tew, extension specialist, professor emeritus and author on beekeeping subjects. Please register as soon as possible at http://www.njbeekeepers.org/store/, where a meeting agenda and other details can be found. 

State Executive Board Meetings:
  • 2016 Meeting Dates To Be Determined

Northeast Beekeepers Association of NJ Calendar  

Scheduled activities can be found on the branch website.

Meetings are held the third Friday of every month, beginning at 7:30 P.M. at Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S. Please visit their website for further details.

February 19, 2016: "Late winter/Spring Management and Nucs". We will be going over later winter management including feeding and checking on colonies and spring management.Grant Stiles, of Stiles Apiaries where we will be purchasing our nucs, will also be on hand to answer our questions about his nuc rearing, how to install, management and what to expect the first year.

March 18, 2016:
7:00 p.m. Dan Higgins, New York City’s swarm catcher will be the speaker. was deputized as NYPD beekeeper last summer, and handles the city’s bee situations.

June 17, 2016: Mite treatments, State Apiarist Tim Schuler.

July 15, 2016: Honey Extraction, Club Bee Talk Series.

Northwest NJ Calendar

Scheduled activities can be found on the Northwest Jersey Beekeepers Association website, click here. PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change. Consult the branch website for any last minute changes!

February 27, 2016: 10 a.m., Saturday. County Administration Building, Route 12, just outside Flemington. "Two Queen Systems", a live demonstration of lip balm made with beeswax, and a honey tasting. Tupelo, Sourwood and Buckwheat varietals will be on hand as well as some local varietals. Bring your honey in a honey bear. Tasting spoons will be provided.

March 19, 2016: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Hunterdon High School Lower Campus, Junction Road. Brunch and a bee movie. Bring your favorite honey-based food product to share. Coffee and tea will be provided. More details, click here.

April 16, 2016: Saturday, 11 a.m. Round Hill Park - across from Deer Path, 119 Woodschurch Rd., Flemington. Click here for directions. Hands on Session at the NWNJBA Mentoring Hives. The program will include: Package Installation, Basic Inspection, and Spring/Swarm Management Techniques.

April 23, 2016: Saturday, Fellowship Deaconry, 3575 Valley Road, Liberty Corner. NWNJBA Will be hosting the State 'Spring" meeting with special guests Judy Chen and David Gilley. We'll also have several hands on and demonstration stations. Visit our event page for more information.

May 21, 2016: Saturday. Bee Friendly Plants. Queen Rearing. Location to be determined.

June 18, 2016: Saturday. Summer Picnic and Hands On. Top Bar, Warre Hive, Varroa Mites, Splits.

July 30 to August 6, 2016: 2016 Hunterdon County 4H & Agricultural Fair - NWNJBA beekeeping demonstrations. Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, 1207 Route 179, Lambertville. Click here for the Hunterdon County Fair Web Site.

August 30, 2016: 3:00 p.m. Synder Research Farm Pittstown - Great Tomato Tasting Event. NWNJBA will have a booth and will be doing public outreach at the Rutgers Great Tomato Tasking Event. Join us if you can.

September 17, 2016: Summer meeting at the Leary residence. The program will include: Fall Management with live hive work.

October 15, 2016: Saturday. Hands on Session at the NWNJBA Mentoring Hives, Deer Path Park. The program will include: Fall Management and follow up on the dual queen system. Deer Path Park, 119 West Woodschurch Rd. Flemington. Click here for directions.

November, 2016: We are working on a plan for this one!

December 10, 2016: NWNJBA Holiday Meeting. Echo Hill Lodge. Come and join the close of the 2016 Beekeeping season. The event will be a Potluck Supper and the election of the 2017 officers. The meeting will begin and 1:00 and will close down by 4pm.

Sussex County Calendar

For information on meetings, go to Sussex County Beekeepers Association website, click here.

March 12, 2016: Saturday, 9 a.m. Bus Trip to Mann Lake, Wilkes Barre, PA. Bring your lunch. 11 a.m. presentation by manager Frank Licata on Spring Inspections and Swarm Control. 12:00 p.m. tour of the facility. Depart 2:30 p.m., return to Sussex County Community College parking lot about 4:30 p.m. Cost is $10.

August 5 though August 14, 2016: Sussex County Farm & Horse Show/ New Jersey State Fair

May 14, 2016: Saturday, 10 a.m. (rain date Sunday, May 15, 2016), Rickey Farm, 442 Route 94, Vernon. Inspection of as many hives as possible. Bring veil and gloves. Pot luck lunch and 2nd Annual Smoker Contest. Bring a dish to share, beverage of choice and a chair. Bring your smoker, fuel and lighter. Smokers will be lit at the same time and may not be touched once the start signal has been given. Hive tools were the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes last year. Prizes this year will be a surprise.

September 24, 2016: Noon, picnic at Roseline's Farm and Bakery, 553 Route 565, Augusta. There will be an informal judging of the covered dishes that use honey - there will be a prize. So don't forget your dish to share or your beverage and chair. Chris Cripps, DVM and principle of Betterbee, will be our speaker on winter hive prep, winter inspection, mites, etc. Also, Chris has offered to bring any orders down with him saving shipping. So check the Betterbee web page and remind them that Chris will bring it when you order. The picnic will be the last opportunity to purchase honey leftover from the Fair. Call Tom Makoujy for more information. (h) 973-729-7484 (c) 973-670-6721.

 Essex County Calendar  

For Essex County Beekeepers Society website, click here.

Unless otherwise noted, the Essex County Beekeepers Association meets the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Garibaldi Center, 621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. Specific topics and speakers, when known, are noted below. Please visit their website for further details.

April 12, 2016: Landi Simone will speak on "Managing your Colonies for Maximum Health AND Maximum Honey Production".

May 10, 2016: Topic "Raising a Few Queen for Yourself".

September 13, 2016: "Reading the Frames" presented by Landi Simone.


 Central Jersey Beekeepers Association Calendar  

Meetings are held at Monmouth County Agricultural Building,  4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, entrance at back of building. There are usually light refreshments from 6:30 to 7:30 pm: meeting starts at 7:30. For meeting agendas and minutes, Central Jersey Beekeepers Association website and calendar, click here.

Feb 5, 2016: General meeting 6:30 PM - Suzanne Brouillette will speak about Slovenian Beekeeping

March 13, 2016: Hive 1 Workshop - Woodenware

April 24, 2016: Sunday Workshop, keep a watch out for the details

May 15, 2016: Hive 1 Workshop - Drone Comb

June 5, 2016: Hive 1 Workshop - Swarm Prevention

June 17, 2016: General meeting 6:30 PM

July 17, 2016: Hive 1 Workshop - Honey Extraction

July 27 - 31, 2016: Monmouth Country Fair - Volunteers Needed to Work Shifts

Sept. 11, 2016: Hive 1 Workshop - Winter Hive Preparation

Sept. 23, 2016: General meeting 6:30 PM

Nov. 6, 2016: Hive 1 Workshop - Candle Making

Nov. 18, 2016: General meeting 6:30 PM

Early December, 2016: Beekeeping Holiday Party

Mid-State Calendar  

March 17, 2016:
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Rutgers Eco-Center, 1200 Florence-Columbus Road. Bordentown. "Planting for Pollinators", Ann Auerbach, Mid-State treasurer and Master Gardener. She will talk about the different types of plants that help pollinators in their search for food, where to find them, and the culture of the plants.

April 20, 2016: Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Social and meet and greet starts at 6:45 p.m. Burlington County Cooperative Extension, 2 Academy Drive, Westampton. "Dry Run Installing Packages" and "Preparing to Make a Split". Learn the procedure of installing package bees and preparing to make a split—inside, where it’s warm and dry.

April 30, 2016: 9:00 - 11 a.m Specca's FarmPick Your Own, 870 Jacksonville-Mount Holly Road, Springfield, "Hands on Making Splits".

May, 2016: No meeting.

June 18, 2016: Saturday, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Evergreens Retirement Community, 309 Bridgeboro Road, Moorestown. "Mite Load Check". We will be learning the two prevailing techniques for checking your mite load—sugar shake and alcohol wash. Bring your veil.

July 19 to 24, 2016: Burlington County Farm Fair, 1960 Jacksonville-Jobstown Road, Columbus. Once again, Mid-State will be hosting a booth at the farm fair, where we will be selling honey (Mid-State label) and candles. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Volunteers will be needed. More details to follow.

July 25 to 29, 2016: Eastern Apicultural Society 2016 Conference. NJBA will be hosting the conference this year. Volunteers will be needed.

July 30-31, 2016: Mercer County Fair, Howell Living History Farm 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertiville. Mid-State will again be hosting a booth where we will be selling Mid-State honey and candles. More details to follow.

August 20, 2016: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Location to be determined. "Extracting Honey". Guest speaker Mid-State 1st VP George Sereduk.

September 14, 2016: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Burlington County Cooperative Extension, 2 Academy Drive, Westampton. Topic "Fall Feeding".

October 15, 2016: Mid-State will be hosting the NJBA State Annual Fall Meeting at the Ramada Inn in Bordentown. Volunteers will be needed. Many more details will be following. Guest speaker: Dr. Jim Tew.

November 11, 2016: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Ag Center, 500 Centerton Road, Moorestown. "Cooking With Honey". Three course meal, $10 for members; $25 for non-members.

December 11, 2016: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mid-State’s 3rd Annual Winter Banquet! Save the date.

South Jersey Calendar  

March 5, 2016: 6:00 p.m. Martins’ Custom Catering, 311 S. Harding Hwy (Route 40) Landisville. 5th Annual SJBA/JCBA Winter Banquet.

The remaining 2016 meeting dates are tentative. Check your SJBA emailed newsletter.

May 19, 2016: 7:00 p.m.at the Cape May County Extension Office, 355 Court House/So. Dennis Rd., (Route 657), Cape May Court House. Jerry Futrell is the presenter, topic queen rearing.

June 11, 2016: 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. SJBA Members' Picnic. Atlantic County Park at Estell Manor, 109 Rte. 50, Mays Landing.

July 9, 2016: 9:00 a.m. "Winter Prep and Equipment Needs". Home of Ned & Doris Morgan, 838 Tuska Rd., Millville.

July 21-23, 2016: 4-H Fair with Honey Show, 4-H grounds, Cape May County Court House.

August 13, 2016: 9:00 a.m. "Extracting Honey". Home of Barry and Delores Glogau, 220 Finley Road, Bridgeton. Barry Glogau speaker.

September 10, 2016: Time, program and location to be determined.

October 11, 2016: 7:00 p.m. "Floral Preferences of Native Bees", presented by Olivia Bernauer, graduate student at the University of Maryland. Gloucester County Offices of Gov. Services, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton

November 12, 2016: Day and time to be determined. "Parasites and Disease Detection" presented by Meghan McConnell of Bee Informed Parnership. Gloucester County Offices of Gov. Services, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton

December 13, 2016: 7:00 p.m. "SJBA Annual Meeting & Elections" and "Using Wax for Everything except Candles" presented by Beth Ann Hall and Stefanie OmlorGloucester County Offices of Gov. Services, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton

January 21, 2017: 6:00 p.m. 6th Annual SJBA/JCBA Winter Banquet. Martin’s Custom Catering, 311 S. Harding Hwy, Landisville.

Jersey Cape Calendar  


Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month (except for July) at 7 P.M. at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, 355 Court House/Dennisville Road, (Route 657), Cape May Court House. Click here for directions.

January 21, 2016: 7:00 p.m. Annual election of officers. Our monthly talk will be presented by Landi Simone who was profiled in last month's American Bee Journal. She will talk bout raising colonies in medium supers, a great idea for those of us with bad backs or getting on in years.

March 17, 2016: 7:00 p.m. JCBA General Meeting this Thursday night at the Rutgers Building

March 18, 2016: Friday, "Hive Assembly Night", two sessions, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Rutgers Office in the 4-H Lockwood Building. We are looking for some hardy volunteers to help out again this year. Bill and the crew need a few more staple guns, air hoses and one or two additional air compressors. If you would like to help contact Bill directly via email beeeisele@comcast.net.

Every Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meet the Beekeeper at the Cape May County Zoo, at the aviary in front of our observation hive.

 Morris and Somerset County Beekeepers Association Calendar  

February 19, 2016: 7:30 p.m. Kemmerer Library, 19 Blue Mill Road, Harding Township. Charley Ilsley and Kevin Inglin, from the Northwest Club, will be talking about swarms and swarm management. Now is the time to begin thinking about swarms -- we are just a couple of months away from the beginning of the swarm season. How can you manage your hives to discourage swarming? How can you identify the early signs that the hive is preparing to swarm? Can you prevent swarming once the hive is preparing to do that? How can you use swarms to your advantage? How do you create an artificial swarm to gain control of the hive? These and all other swarm related questions will be discussed. Kevin maintains the NJ Swarm Report, is the man behind the internationally-known Beekeepers Corner Podcast, and directs Northwest's You Tube channel, a great resource. Charley has an engineer's approach to beekeeping questions and has pioneered some interesting beekeeping methods. Please mark your calendars and join us for a great meeting.

March 18, 2016: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Chester Public Library, 250 West Main Street, Chester. Grace McMackin, TimSchuler's lab tech, will be speaking about the work she and Tim do in the lab. She examines samples of bees for nosema, tracheal mites, viruses and other pests and maladies found in bees in New Jersey. They also do some work with wax and other things found in the hives. Tim's lab is an under-appreciated resource in New Jersey beekeeping and we should all learn more about it. Please mark your calendars and join us for a great meeting.

May 7, 2016: Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eco-Blast Fair, Kid Street Park, 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater. Volunteers needed to sell honey. Contact Rich Lepik, 908 295-0825 (cell) or RLepik@verizon.net

May 14, 2016: Saturday, 11 a.m. Roxbury Community Garden, 281 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna. State Apiarist Tim Schuler will perform hive inspections. The Roxbury Environmental Commission will provide lunch with the branch supplying soft drinks. You must RSVP to Michael Smith, michaeldgetsmail@gmail.com, by May 10th.

Raritan Valley Beekeepers Association Calendar  

Unless otherwise noted, RVBA meets on the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Calvary Bible Church (lower level), 144 Readington Rd., Whitehouse Station. Refreshments, socialization and beekeeping Q & A are part of every meeting.

March 17, 2016: Dr. Vincent Aloyo of Delaware Valley University will speak on Swarm Control and Prevention.

April 21, 2016: Chris Kohl of Sweet Valley Hives will make a presentation on the Warre Hive.

May 19, 2016: Various topics will be presented in brief: Hiving New Packages, Keeping Bees in all Mediums, the Rose Hive, Demo on Controlling Small Hive Beetles.

June 16, 2016: Talk led by Dick Madden: Mistakes in Beekeeping. What was your worst beekeeping mistake? Bring any examples you'd like to share.

July 21, 2016: "Water for bees" - Cynnthia Werts ; "Plants for honeybees" - Dean Marzocca

August 18, 2016: Panel Discussion on Varroa mite testing and control - what has worked for you? What has not worked?

September 15, 2016: "Why did my hive die?" - How to autopsy a hive - presentation by Tim Schuler, NJ State Apiarist **Please note that this meeting will be held at the Somerset County Emergency Training Academy, 402 Roycefield Rd., Hillsborough**

October 20, 2016: "Setting up a Mentoring Program" and "Getting Hives Ready for Winter" - presentations by John Gaut, 2nd VP, Northeast NJ Beekeepers

November 17, 2016: "Making Fondant"- Janice Zuzov and "Using fondant boards" - Tom Sadlowski and Dean Marzocca

December 15, 2016: RVBA Holiday Party - location and details to be announced.


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