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.

Meet NYPD’s Swarm Catcher on March 18

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The Northeast NJ Beepers Association welcomes Dan Higgins, New York City’s swarm catcher on Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. When Dan is not working counterterrorism he’s out catching swarms throughout the city. Dan was deputized as NYPD beekeeper last summer, and handles the city’s bee situations.

Check out this story on Dan in the NY Post

http://nypost.com/2015/07/27/meet-the-nypds-new-beekeepers/

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!

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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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Books:
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: http://www.beeculture.com

American Bee Journal generally has more technical information: http://www.americanbeejournal.com/

Courses:
The Rutgers course is taught by our State Apiarist, Tim Schuler: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/programs/beekeeping.html/

Landi Simone is a Master Beekeeper in Essex County and teaches a class in the Spring: http://www.ecbs.njbeekeepers.org/

Hudson Valley Bee Supply also has courses: http://www.hudsonvalleybeesupply.com/classes-workshops/
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.
http://www.nnjbees.org/how-to/new-equipment-purchase-lists/

Main suppliers:
Brushy Mountain: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Beekeeping-Supplies
Hudson Valley in New York is a local distributor.

Mann Lake: http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeeping-supplies
Grant Stiles in Fords, NJ is a local distributor.

Dadant: http://www.dadant.com/

Kelly: https://www.kelleybees.com

Betterbee: http://www.betterbee.com/

What to consider with wooden ware:
Painted or non-painted and 10 frame or 8 frame equipment. (Brushy Mountain has a good comparison: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Resources/HiveSizeComparison.asp. 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:

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Billy Davis to speak on Sustainable Beekeeping Jan. 15

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7phJVQDDWBI

Northeast NJ Beekeepers Christmas Party- The Place to Bee!

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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 jaimw@aol.com. And we hope to see you there on the 18th!