Northeast NJ Beekeepers Feb. 19 Meeting

Late winter/Spring Management and Nucs

Please join us Feb. 19 when 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. Nucs are $150 this year. We will be taking orders from members who are up to date on their dues with a $45 deposit. Dues of $25 can be paid on Friday as well. Looking forward to seeing you there!


New Beekeepers

Becoming a Beekeeper can very enjoyable and can be very challenging at times. The new beekeeper has many good resources available to learn how to be successful. There are several recommended books for the beginning beekeeper. There are also several excellent beekeeping courses in the area. As a new beekeeper, you must read at least one of the beginning beekeeping books and should attend a beekeeping course. The mentor can then help you with the practical issues on beekeeping, including helping you develop a plan to manage the colonies and help with questions you may have.

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The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum – This book is good to start with. The club has this book available now.

The Beekeepers Handbook by Diane Sommataro – This is a good second book to read. The club will be getting more soon.

Monthly periodicals:
Bee Culture is a little more basic:

American Bee Journal generally has more technical information:

The Rutgers course is taught by our State Apiarist, Tim Schuler:

Landi Simone is a Master Beekeeper in Essex County and teaches a class in the Spring:

Hudson Valley Bee Supply also has courses:
Note: courses fill up quickly

Where to place hive:
There are some good guidelines for locating your bee hives. Please review the information attached. The books and beginning beekeeping courses will also provide information such as placing the hives in a sunny and wind protected location.

Equipment to get started:
A recommended equipment list based on Brushy Mountain equipment is on our web site.

Main suppliers:
Brushy Mountain:
Hudson Valley in New York is a local distributor.

Mann Lake:
Grant Stiles in Fords, NJ is a local distributor.




What to consider with wooden ware:
Painted or non-painted and 10 frame or 8 frame equipment. (Brushy Mountain has a good comparison: A kit with 2 Deeps and 2 Mediums will be a very good start. Also purchase a top feeder. Purchase a kit with a screened bottom board; it can be a very valuable learning tool. Sign-up for each Bee Supplier’s mailing list so you are notified of any sales.

Buying bees:
Nucs are ordered through the club from Grant Stiles for members up to date on dues. The cost for this year is $150. A $45 deposit is required. Reserve your Nuc at the next meeting. Nucs are delivered to Ramapo College in April when they are available for pickup.

Mentoring program:
The Northeast NJ Beekeepers offers a mentoring program to its members who are new to beekeeping. A mentor from your area will be assigned to you for practical advice on your journey into beekeeping. Please email John Gaut to sign up to be mentored.

Please click on the pdf below for bee guidelines:


Billy Davis to speak on Sustainable Beekeeping Jan. 15


Billy Davis will join us from Northern Virginia at our meeting on Jan. 15. and will be speaking on sustainable beekeeping and the importance of keeping beekeeping local.
Billy Davis is a Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener from Northern Virginia. Billy is one of the founders of the Sustainable Beekeeping Program in Virginia. He will be speaking about the purpose and benefits of Sustainable Beekeeping, Swarm Management and Local Colonies.
Billy has been keeping bees in Northern Virginia for over 30 years; and in Mississippi for a few years before that! Billy will be sharing many of his learning and experiences, including tips for keeping bees happy and healthy.
This is a combined meeting of the Northeast and Essex branches.
The meeting will start 7:30 p.m. at Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S.

Here is a youtube video on Billy:

Northeast NJ Beekeepers Christmas Party- The Place to Bee!


The Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association will hold its annual Christmas Party Friday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. at Ramapo College. This year there will be noshing on appetizers from Annabella’s Salumeria and a mead toast provided by our generous board. We will also have a tricky tray with the following baskets created and donated by our members: Bee Gardening Delight, Mead Tasting, Bee Feeder Galore, A bee silk tie, Everything Chocolate, A gorgeous porcelain bee bowl, Bath and Body Works Pampering, and All Things Honey. We also have received a BIG donation of a Nuc from Grant Stiles, our Nuc Go To Guy, which will be a separate raffle. Tickets for the tricky tray will be 5 for $10, 10 for $15. Chances for the Nuc will be $5 each. Drawings for all prizes will be towards the end of the evening. Members are reminded to bring a desert of their choice to share. Please email Jaimie Julia Winters with any questions at And we hope to see you there on the 18th!

Let’s go globe trotting into the world of bees this month



Ever wonder how beekeepers do it in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Nepal, Russia or China? On Nov. 20, the Northeast NJ Beekeepers will go globe trotting into the world of bees. Gary Schempp owner of Busy Bees NJ will present “World Travel: Bees and Beekeeping around the Globe.” Gary travels to South America a few times a year to work with bees there, and makes it a point to spend time with beekeepers on his travels. He will just be getting back from Stonehenge England and may have some tips for us on how the Brits keep bees. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. We meet at Ramapo College 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S.

October meeting – Sustainable beekeeping, bee hunting

The Northeast NJ Beekeepers Oct. 16 meeting will host Jorik Phillips and Megan Denver of Hudson Valley Bee Supply. They will be talking to us on sustainable beekeeping and bee hunting. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Ramapo College.
Jorik Phillips

Jorik began his fascination with bees when he installed his first seven colonies in hives of his own making. Since then, his fascination has grown into a passion and full time business.
His first years were spent learning to divide his large colonies into smaller nucleus colonies. Eager to expand his rapidly growing hobby, he began queen rearing and seeking out different races of bees and becoming familiar with their traits. He began focusing on the ones with favorable attributes and best suited to the northern region all the while broadening the genetic diversity of the stock in his apiary.
Part of his growing business included removing bees from old barns and farm houses near his home in Huntersland, NY. He started noticing a recurring story of how these wild bees had lived on their own for decades in these buildings. It seemed only logical to incorporate these feral, survivor bees into his genetic pool which he continues to do.
Megan Denver

Megan’s interest in beekeeping started on her father’s dairy farm near Delhi, NY. As a young child she didn’t work with the bees but remembers how fascinating they were to watch. After building a home in Woodstock, NY she knew the first project for the yard was a beehive and she’s been hooked on beekeeping ever since.
After many years of buying beekeeping supplies online and being on the board of The Catskill Mountain Beekeepers’ Club she got the hare brain idea of opening a bee supply shop.
Her passion for bees, honey, wax and propolis is contagious and she is always interested in what’s going on in the hives. She also spends as much time she can in the summer in the woods bee lining. Her goal is to set up mating yards near wild bee trees to tap the genetic potential of the wild survivor bees.

Winterize your bees

Yes, it’s that time of year again – to get your colonies ready for the long hard winter ahead. Our North East Chapter’s John Gaut will speak about Winterizing your Hives at the Essex County Bee Association’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in Garibaldi Hall at the Essex County Environmental Center at 621B Eagle Rock Ave. in Roseland. He will talk about insulating hives for the winter. John has done some very interesting and well-conducted experiments and has had very positive results. It’s a timely topic, as all beekeepers should be doing their final winter prep this month. We hope to see lots of beekeepers there to enjoy John’s Powerpoint. All are welcome to attend the meeting. This will be the only opportunity to hear this lecture.johngwinter