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

In Memory of

Debbie Cowell

PO Box 261, Lafayette, NJ 07848

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Upcoming Events

Annual SCBA Holiday Dinner – RSVP by 12/1
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join us for the
Annual SCBA Holiday Dinner
Sunday, December 9th
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Farmstead Golf & Country Club
88 Lawrence Rd
Lafayette, NJ  07848
RSVP no later than December 1st
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SCBA Membership Meeting
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SCBA Membership Meeting
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cancelled Membership Meeting


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


Be Safe and Enjoy your Holidays


****    SCBA Holiday Party    ****


Sunday, December 9, 2018

4:00 – 8:00 PM


Farmstead Golf & Country Club

88 Lawrence Rd, Lafayette, NJ  07848


$38.00 Per Person

(Buffet Dinner & Cash Bar)


RSVP no later than Friday, December 1st


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This year we are offering an online payment option through PayPal to make registration easier!

You can also still pay by check.


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Kass and Alix Wojcik at Newton High School FFA

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


2018 Honey Queen Program

Dear SCBA Members,

Do you have a child or know of a young beekeeper who would qualify for the 2018 Honey Queen Program? If so, it’s time to submit an application.
The Sussex County Honey Queen, Honey Princess and Junior Beekeeper Program provides our local community with young representatives to spread the word about the benefits of honey bees and beekeeping. Honey Queens and Princesses (girls) and Junior Beekeepers (boys) put bright young faces on local beekeeping practices, share their knowledge of honey bees and beekeeping with the public and schools, assist the judges during the annual Honey Show, participate in New Jersey State Fair events such as the parade, and volunteer their time working the honey booth.
One Honey Queen and up to five Honey Princesses/Junior Beekeepers will be selected for a one-year term. Interested candidates who will be entering the fifth through twelfth grades should submit a short letter or e-mail to the president of the SCBA not later than June 7, 2018. The letter should include the applicant’s full name, a parent or guardian’s name, contact information (address, cell phone and e-mail) for the parent or guardian, and anything the candidate wants to share about her or himself.

For questions, please contact  Dan Perez, program coordinator, at (201) 303-6209

Bees in The News

Good News for American honeybees

It comes as welcome news that the number of domesticated U.S. honeybee hives has risen so far in 2017, according to a new survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). There were 2.89 million commercial honeybee colonies in the U.S. as of April 1, 2017, the USDA reports this week, a rise of 3 percent from a year earlier.

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Become a Member

Interested in Joining the Sussex County Beekeepers Association?

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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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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.

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

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