In Memory of

Debbie Cowell

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Upcoming Events

June SCBA Meeting
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
July SCBA Meeting – Booth Setup
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Setup Booth for the Fair.

Stocking Meeting
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Stock shelves with products.

Monthly Beekeeping Checklist

Beekeeping in May

  • Feeding: The only reason to feed now is to help draw comb on new colonies (packages and nucs) or to feed a weak colony.
  • Supers: Check weekly for space in the supers. Add supers when you see the bees storing nectar in the top honey super.  You need to stay ahead of the bees.  If they run out of room, they will build swarm cells and leave.
  • Making splits: Cutting out swarm cells is not advised. The result may be a queenless colony.  If you see many queen cells, it is better to split the colony into two or more hives, leaving a frame with cells and some brood and honey on the original hive stand, giving them lots of empty space.  This is the month most beekeepers in NJ split strong colonies.  Splitting a colony will usually cost you in honey production.
  • Swarms: You should have extra equipment on hand to capture swarms as needed. Have it ready to go when the call comes in.

General Beekeeping Tips:

  • All beekepers, and especially urban beekeepers, need to make sure their water supply does not run out.
  • When working bees, wear light colored clothing and no rings or jewelry. Use your smoker judiciously as need.  Smoke your hands and the entrance to the hive before you even touch the hive.  Make slow deliberate movements, not quick jerky movements.  Work your bee on sunny days when the temperature is above 60 degrees, between 10 am and 3 pm.  Do not work them at night or in the rain.  DO NOT wear perfume, cologne, or any strong scent when working the bees.
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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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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