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

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!


December 8, 2019

Holiday Dinner!

As the year comes to a close, SCBA invites you to celebrate our accomplishments with fellow beeks.

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Interested in Joining the Sussex County Beekeepers Association?

Monthly Beekeeping Checklist

Beekeeping in November

  • Covers: All your colonies should have weights or straps on the outer covers to keep the lids on.  Provide ventilation by placing a ½ to ¾ inch block of wood toward the front of the hive between the inner cover and the outer cover.  This will slightly raise the outer cover, providing an escape for warm moist air and a top entrance.  Moisture from condensation is more destructive to the bees in the winter than the cold.  If this is in place and the bees have access to it through the hole in the inner cover, you will never have to worry about an entrance blocked with snow or ice.  The bees can breathe and leave the hive through the top.
  • Mouse Guards: Make sure mouse guard is in place.
  • Remove feeders: Ideally, you should be done feeding by now.
  • Finish Winterizing: Whatever you did not get done last month needs to get done now.
  • Evaluate your records:
    • What was your percentage winter death loss ?
    • How many increases did you make this year ?
    • How many swarms did you catch ?
    • How much honey did you produce ? What was your per colony average ?
    • What are you selling honey for ? Is it in line with other beekeepers prices ?
    • How many honey flows did you get ?
    • Did your bees need supplemental feeding ?
    • What did you use to control Varroa ? was it effective ?

An old saying goes: “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”  In the beekeeping world, if you did not have success in the past, you need to change what you do to change your results.

  • Register your over-wintering apiaries: Register with New Jersey Department of Agriculture.  This is important so the apiarist knows who the beekeepers are in New Jersey, about how many colonies are in the state, and where they are located.  In the event of a disease outbreak in your area, the apiarist will contact you to schedule an inspection and make sure the disease has not infected your apiary.  You can register online at


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    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


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