Get ready for Honey Cup 2016 – Sept. 16

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The Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association is hosting its annual honey-tasting competition at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Ramapo College in Mahwah and we are looking for your best honey of the year. Members are invited to submit their honey from this year’s harvest. Honey must be in a 1 pound bottle with name, address and phone number. Honey should be handed in by 6 p.m. on Sept. 16 either by dropping off at an officer’s house or at the college 5 -6 p.m. the day of the competition. Please invite family and friends to this free event. We will need as many tasters as possible. We will also have an educational table, and honey, cheeses and bee products for sale. Light refreshments will be served. For information, visit nnjbees.org or call 201-417-7309. The event will be held at the college’s Pavilion 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah.

Best Management Practices for Beekeepers

New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Best Management Practices for Beekeepers in Populated areas

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There are approximately 3,000 to 3,500 registered beekeepers in New Jersey. Of these, only about 5 percent can be considered commercial beekeepers having 20 or more colonies of bees. The majority of the registered beekeepers in the state manage only 1 to 10 colonies. It is possible to keep honey bees in crowded suburban areas, on tiny city lots or on rooftops in large or small cities without problems. However, keeping bees successfully in a populated area requires a good understanding of basic bee biology, property rights and human psychology. Beekeepers in suburbs and cities need to manage their bees so the y do not become a nuisance to their neighbors. By understanding the circumstances under which bees will bother people, beekeepers can take measures to alter circumstances so their bees do not create a problem.
Honey bees can be kept almost anywhere there are flowering plants that produce nectar and pollen. Choose a site for beehives that is discrete , sheltered from winds and partially shaded. Avoid low spots in a yard where cold, damp air accumulates in winter. Be considerate of non- beekeeping neighbors. Place hives so that bee flight paths do not cross sidewalks, playgrounds or other public areas. Provide your bees with a water source in your yard to prevent them from seeking out water at neighbors’ swimming pools or water spigots.
1. Hive Registration. All honey bee colonies wintering in the State of Ne w Jersey shall have their location registered annually with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture by the beekeeper in accord with Regulations established by the Department of Agriculture.
2. Hive Type. In accordance with N.J.S.A.4: 6-10, all honey bee colonies shall be kept in hives with removable frames, which shall be kept in sound and usable condition. Hives must be capable of being inspected by the Department of Agriculture.
3. Colony Density No more than three colonies of honey bees shall be kept on any tract of one-quarter acre or less in area. For every two colonies permitted on a Tract there may be maintained upon the same Tract one nucleus colony in a hive structure not exceeding one standard 9 5/8 inch depth 10–frame hive body with no supers attached as required from time to time for swarm management. Each such nucleus colony shall be moved to another Tract or combined with another colony on the subject Tract within thirty days after the date made or acquired.
4. Colony Location When a colony is located less than 10 feet from a property line, the beekeeper must establish a flyway barrier. This should be at least 6 feet tall and extend 10 feet beyond the colony on either side. It can be solid, vegetative or any combination of the two that forces the bees to cross the property line at a height of 6 feet. All colonies must be located at least 25 feet from a public sidewalk, alley, street or roads.
5. Fence A substantial barrier / fence must be erected to pr event animals and children from coming in close contact with the hives.
6.Colony Stewardship
(a).Colony Inspection. All colonies shall be inspected by the beekeeper or his delegate no less than three times between March 1 and October 1 of each year.
(b). Water. Each beekeeper shall ensure that a convenient source (within 10 to 25 feet distant from the hive or hives) of water is available to the bees at any time during the year when temperatures are 50°F or warmer so that t he bees are not encouraged to congregate at other water sources which may result in human or domestic pet contact. This water should be in a sunny location and be in a container which makes it easy for the bees to drink.
(c). Queens. Queens shall be selected from stock bred for gentle ness and non- swarming characteristics. All colonies shall be maintained with queens that shall be replaced if a colony exhibits unusual defensive behavior without due provocation or exhibits an unusual disposition toward swarming. It shall be the duty of the beekeeper to promptly requeen the colony when these conditions persist.
(d). General Maintenance. Each beekeeper shall ensure that no bee comb or other materials that might encourage robbing by honey bee s or other stinging insects, are left upon the grounds of the apiary site in suburban and urban environments.

Aug. 19 Meeting – Dealing with the Dearth

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The Northeast NJ Beekeepers will be talking about dealing with the dearth when pollen and nectar flow shuts down for our bees. Dearths are hard on our bees that have grown substantially in numbers over the summer. We will discuss why feeding is crucial now, feeding options and looking for signs of the next nectar flow.

It’s almost Honey Cup time and we will discuss how to enter your honey. We will also have mite treatments for sale.

Our meetings are always the third Friday of every month, beginning at 7:30 pm. We meet at Ramapo College 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S.

July 15 Meeting – Tim Schuler, Mite control

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Confused by the myriad of mite treatments? Please join us Friday, July 15, when Tim Schuler, NJ State Apiarist will speak on treatments such as Apivar and MAQs and how and when to use them. He will also show us how to use the mite alcohol tester. Mite control is one of the most important issues facing beekeepers today. Tim will share his experiences with successful mite control. We will also have a limited number of Apivar and MAQ treatments for sale. Our meetings are always the third Friday of every month, beginning at 7:30 pm. We meet at Ramapo College 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S.

June 17 Meeting – Summer Hive Management

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On Friday June 17 The Northeast NJ Beekeepers will continue its Bee Talk Series on Summer Hive Management and mite testing and treatments. We will have a limited number of Mite Away strips and alcohol wash mite testers for sale. Our meetings are always the third Friday of every month, beginning at 7:30 pm. We meet at Ramapo College 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S.

May meeting -Swarms, mites and inspections

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Our Bee Club Talk Series will be held Friday May 20, 7:30 p.m. We will be discussing hive inspections, summer management, swarms and mite tests and treatments. We will also be giving away candle wicks in bunches of 50 for a small donation toward the club thanks to our member Warren Stroedecke who donated them. And our official club t-shirts are in! You can choose from either “Official Honey Taster” or “Let it Bee” shirts, priced at $20. Please support the club by purchasing a shirt. See you at Ramapo College 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S.

How to register your Bee Hives

New Jersey Laws require that all Bee Yards in New Jersey where bees are overwintering be registered
annually with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. The only information, which will be considered
public, will be the beekeeper’s name and mailing address; all other information will be confidential. Upon
receipt the Department will provide each registered New Jersey Beekeeper with documentation that
identifies them as a legally registered New Jersey Beekeeper.
Please click below for the form s for registration and renewal.
https://www24.state.nj.us/AG_Apiary/ApiaryApp

April 15 Meeting – Installing your Nuc

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The Nucs will soon bee arriving. Installing & Caring for your new Nucs will be the topic covered on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Our seasoned beekeepers will be on hand to answer all your questions.

For instructions which will be covered download this pdf and bring to the meeting.

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Our meetings are always the third Friday of every month, beginning at 7:30 pm. We meet at Ramapo College 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S.

Free hives from PSE&G Giveback Program

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The Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association is happy to announce a partnership with PSE&G’s Give Back Program and Bayonne High School Wood Shop Students, whose mascot happens to be The Bees. The Bayonne Bees Wood Shop Students will be making hive bodies, (each consisting of 2 deeps, inner & outer covers, and a bottom board,) for the club to distribute to its members.
The 10 hives will be given to members who otherwise would not be able to get into beekeeping due to the financial hurdles of purchasing all the necessary equipment.
Bees and all other equipment need to be purchased by the recipient.
Members need to be up to date with dues and agree to being mentored. If you are already a beekeeper with a hive and would like to expand, we can can place you on a wait list. Please email or call Jaimie Winters at jaimw@aol.com or 551-486-7479 if you are interested in obtaining one of these hives. All information will be kept confidential.