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
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,
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.
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 James Tew. Details to
follow when available.
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
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.
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:
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
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,
April 16, 2016: Saturday, 11
a.m. Round Hill Park - across from Deer Path, 119 Woodschurch Rd., Flemington.
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.
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.
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
April 12, 2016:
Landi Simone will speak on "Managing your Colonies for Maximum Health AND Maximum Honey Production".
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
keep a watch out for the details
May 15, 2016:Hive 1
Workshop - Drone Comb
2016: Hive 1 Workshop -
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
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
June 18, 2016: Saturday, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Evergreens Retirement Community Moorestown.
"Mite Load Check". We will be learning the two prevailing techniques for checking your mite load—sugar shake
and alcohol wash.
July 19 to 24, 2016: Burlington County Farm Fair. 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 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
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.
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 7, 2016: 9:00 a.m. "Splits",
and perhaps a tour of Tim Stewart's honey house. Stewart’s Apiaries, 187 9th Ave., Estell Manor (located behind
the chicken coops).
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.
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.
Meetings are held every
third Thursday of the month (except
for July and December) at 7 P.M. at
the Cape May County Extension
Office, 355 Court House/So. Dennis
Rd., (Route 657), Cape May Court
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
Somerset County Beekeepers
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
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
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
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 10th.
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.