New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s February 2017’s beekeeping article featuring NJ State Apiarist, Tim Schuler, and our own club President, Frank Mortimer.
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The Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association has compiled a list of its beekeepers who offer their local honey for sale. If you would like to try some local, all-natural, raw honey please contact your local beekeeper in the following towns:
Beekeeper Brian Eromenok 973-340-2960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Beekeeper Marina Kunkera at email@example.com or 201.403.5519
Beekeepers Eric and Larissa Symbouras at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-218-4741
Beekeeper John Sferruzza at email@example.com
Beekeeper Kelly Palazzi prefer email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beekeeper Jennifer Phillips at 201-684-8542
Beekeeper Gordon Smith at email@example.com or 845-641-3652
Beekeeper Kate McGivern at Kmcgivern@optonline.net or 201-310-2556
Beekeeper Frank Mortimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-417-7309
Beekeeper Billy Neumann at email@example.com
Beekeeper Danny at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201 491-4602
Beekeepers Heather and Eddie Mika at email@example.com or 201-315-8715; 201-723-9681
Beekeeper Robert Tomporowski at Robert.Tomporowski@gmail.com
The Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association (NNJBA) held their third annual Northeast NJ Honey Tasting Competition with over 180 honey lovers and tasters attending to pick the Northeast NJ champions of honeys.
The 2015 “Honey Cup” was held on Friday Sept. 18, at Ramapo College, Mahwah, with 34 beekeepers from Bergen and Passaic Counties vying for the designation of the Northeast NJ’s best tasting honey of the 2015 season.
The 2015 Champion was Doug Lawrence of Hewitt with Jar #13, 2nd Place was Kelly Palazzi of South Hackensack with Jar #17 and 3rd Place was Katie Driscoll of Rutherford with Jar #12.
Attendees who judged were champions themselves, tasting all 34 natural, local honeys and voted based on color, clarity and taste.
This year attendees also picked the Best Original Honey Label submitted by NNJBA members. Winners were: 1st Place Eddie and Heather Mika of Wood-Ridge, 2nd Place Lisa Johnson of Pompton Plains and 3rd Place Frank Vastano of Closter.
“It was our biggest event on all counts, most entries, most attended and most fun,” said NNJBA President Frank Mortimer.
Many beekeepers were on hand to answer tasters’ questions from starting a hive to harvesting honey and why it is important to care for New Jersey honeybees.
This year’s event was such a success NNJBA officials said next year’s event might expand to an outdoor, all-day festival event.
The 2015 Honey Cup will be held at 8 pm on Friday Sept.18, at Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ in the Anisfield School of Business building.Dozens of natural, local honeys will be free for the tasting and a grand award will be presented to the best tasting honey harvested from the Bergen and Passaic County area. Anyone attending the festival may cast a vote for 2015 Honey Cup Champion. This year attendees will also be able to vote for the Best Original Honey Label.
Admission and parking are free, and all (yes, especially children) are welcome! Many beekeepers will be on hand to answer your questions from starting a hive to harvesting honey and why it is important to care for New Jersey honey bees.
Sample delicious local honeys, learn about beekeeping and consider a fascinating hobby, all in one night!
Tim Schuler, the Rock Star of Beekeeper, and NJ State Apiarist is our guest speaker at this month’s meeting.
Join us on June 19th as Tim will be discussing all the latest research and the importance of mite treatments. Tim will also talk about hive management and what you need to do to keep your bees healthy.
Please join the Northeast NJ Beekeepers on May 15th as Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, The Best Bees Company and author of, The Bee: A Natural History will be our guest speaker.
Noah will be talking about “Our Future with Bees” The world’s bees can create economic and ecological sustainability, if only we let them. We know the vital importance of bees, yet we also know that they are dying off. What does the future human condition look like in a world that incorporates bees into our architecture, healthcare, and everyday lives?
Immediately following his talk, Noah will be signing copies of his book, The Bee: A Natural History. (You can purchase copies from the club at the meeting.)
Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. is a biologist / professor / NYTimes contributor / two-time TEDx speaker / beekeeper / and author of, The Bee: A Natural History. Noah’s research focuses on bee immunology. Noah is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of The Best Bees Company, a beekeeping service that delivers, installs, and manages beehives for residential and commercial properties nation-wide. Proceeds from The Best Bees Company go toward research to improve bee health. This research is based out of the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, in Boston’s South End.
The Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association 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.
Please join the Northeast NJ Beekeepers on March 20th as Bill Ferguson of Ferguson Apiaries will be giving a talk on Raising Buckfast bees & the effects of neonicotinoids on the honeybee.
Bill Ferguson has been keeping bees for over 50 years in Hensall, Canada, the heart of Ontario’s rich agricultural land and the White Bean Capital of Canada. At its peak, Ferguson Apiaries had over 1200 hives, and they presently run about 225 hives for nuc and queen sales.
Ferguson Apiaries exclusively breeds Buckfast bees, originally developed by Brother Adam at the Buckfast Abbey in England. All of the Ferguson Apiaries stock has been produced from the Buckfast line acquired from breeders in Ontario, Denmark, and England. The Ferguson stock has been through the very cold Ontario winters, and has been hygienic tested over the past 20 years. Ferguson Apiaries continually works hard to develop and cultivate the best lines to build gentle, productive, and mite resistant Honeybee stock.
Living in the heart of big agriculture with his wife of 47 years and their three children, Bill has experienced firsthand the effects of neonicotinoids on his hives and the health of his honeybees. Bill is also a member of the Ontario Beekeepers Association, who are pushing for Ontario to become the first government in North America to impose restrictions on the neonicotinoid pesticides.
The Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association 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.