Sussex County Beekeepers Association, PO Box 261, Lafayette NJ 07848

Registration for Introduction to Beekeeping 2020 is now open!


New to beekeeping? You’ve come to the right place!
See details and register for our upcoming class here.

About SCBA

The Sussex County Beekeepers association is a Branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.

Our mission is to:

* Promote and Support all aspects of beekeeping in New Jersey.

*Educate the General public about the benefits and importance of beekeeping.

*Dispel myths and misinformation concerning the honey bee.

*Inform and educate the general public concerning the honey bee and the beekeeping industry.

Next Meeting!


January 28, 2020

Speaker: Bob Deemer

Welcome guest speaker
Bob Deemer, founder of 
Barkman Honey Company.

Become a Member

Interested in Joining the Sussex County Beekeepers Association?

Monthly Beekeeping Checklist

  • Beekeeping in January

    • Order packages or nucs for spring

    • Order equipment for spring

    • Make sure hive covers are secure: All your hives should have weights or straps on the outer covers to keep them on. Between the inner & outer cover place a ½ to ¾ inch thick block of wood toward the front of the hive.  This will slightly raise the outer cover, providing a top entrance and an escape for warm, moist air.  You will never have to worry about snow blocking the entrance and the bees can breathe and leave the hive through the top.
    • Check colonies for food reserves: Tip the hive to gauge the weight. Try to lift the hive; you should not be able to do that easily this time of year.  You can lift the inner cover to look down between the frames for capped honey.  If the hive seems too light or you can’t detect capped honey, supplemental feeding is necessary.
    • Dead outs: Should have entrance sealed to prevent robbing or be removed from the bee yard until the disease status can be determined. It is recommended to have them checked by the State Apiarist for disease.  This can be done in your bee yard or at an NJBA branch meeting.  If there is no sign of American Foul Brood (AFB), the frames and boxes can be re-used.

Featured Video

Find a Video You Enjoy?

We’re always looking for interesting videos. Whether it’s a bee lesson or a fascinating swarm catch, send us your favorites. 


Name That Masked Member

Each month, we feature a club member in full beekeeping regalia.

Sure, they look anonymous. But every beekeeper has unique traits (the way they hold a hive tool; how dirty their gloves are). Think you know who this is? Click the photo for the answer.

Become a Member

Some of the many benefits are:

  • Automatic membership in the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.
  • Access to a large network of experienced Beekeepers willing to help you succeed as a beekeeper.
  • Use of  the  extensive SCBA lending Library.
  • Opportunity to participate in club purchases.
  • Invitation to join in on many SCBA sponsored educational and social events.

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Upcoming Events

SCBA Membership Meeting
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SCBA Membership Meeting
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to venture to your apiary and check on your girls. We will also examine data from our Broodminder.

Join us at the SCBA Apiary, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge for a live demonstration of winter hive care.
Our meeting will be held in the heated pole barn located in front of the apriary. Plenty of hot coffee will be available!
DATE: Saturday, February 22, 2020 (**snow date, if needed, is Saturday, February 29**)
TIME: 11am – 2pm
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
Owen’s Station Crossing
Owens Station Road, Sussex, NJ 07461


SCBA Membership Meeting
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thank you to our Donors who donated items for our fund raiser

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