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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:

Clifton
Beekeeper Brian Eromenok 973-340-2960 or stixandstonesfarmvt@yahoo.com

Franklin Lakes
Beekeeper Marina Kunkera at marinakunkera@gmail.com or 201.403.5519
Beekeepers Eric and Larissa Symbouras at store@reefbotanicals.com or 201-218-4741

Hackensack
Beekeeper John Sferruzza at john.rocksandroots@gmail.com

South Hackensack
Beekeeper Kelly Palazzi prefer email at kstenographer@aol.com

Harrington Park
Beekeeper Jennifer Phillips at 201-684-8542

New City
Beekeeper Gordon Smith at gordoncsmith@gmail.com or 845-641-3652

Oradell
Beekeeper Kate McGivern at Kmcgivern@optonline.net or 201-310-2556

Ridgewood
Beekeeper Frank Mortimer at frankmort@gmail.com or 201-417-7309

Rutherford
Beekeeper Billy Neumann at fotogbill@aol.com

Teaneck
Beekeeper Danny at dannyavi@aol.com or 201 491-4602

Wood-Ridge
Beekeepers Heather and Eddie Mika at taylorno@aol.com or 201-315-8715; 201-723-9681

Mahwah
Beekeeper Robert Tomporowski at Robert.Tomporowski@gmail.com

Winners announced for NNJBA Honey Cup 2015!

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.

Honey lovers tasted and voted on 36 different all-natural honeys from Bergen and Passaic Counties.

Honey lovers tasted and voted on 36 different all-natural honeys from Bergen and Passaic Counties.

The Champion of Honeys was Doug Lawrence's (Jar #13) shown with President Frank Mortimer, VP Richard Schluger and Secretary Jaimie Winters

The Champion of Honeys was Doug Lawrence’s (Jar #13) shown with President Frank Mortimer, VP Richard Schluger and Secretary Jaimie Winters

Kelly Palazzi took 2nd Place (Jar #17) shown with President Frank Mortimer, Secretary Jaimie Winters and VP Richard Schluger

Kelly Palazzi took 2nd Place (Jar #17) shown with President Frank Mortimer, Secretary Jaimie Winters and VP Richard Schluger

Katie Driscoll took 3rd Place (Jar # 12) with President Frank Mortimer and VP Richard Schluger

Katie Driscoll took 3rd Place (Jar # 12) with President Frank Mortimer and VP Richard Schluger

Eddie Mika won 1st Place for his label  (Label “L”) with President Frank Mortimer, VP Richard Schluger and Secretary Jaimie Winters.

Eddie Mika won 1st Place for his label (Label “L”) with President Frank Mortimer, VP Richard Schluger and Secretary Jaimie Winters.

"Lisa" Johnson took 2nd Place for her label with with President Frank Mortimer, and VP Richard Schluger

“Lisa” Johnson took 2nd Place for her label with with President Frank Mortimer, and VP Richard Schluger

Frank Vastano (Label “M”) took 3rd Place in the label contest with President Frank Mortimer and Katrina Daphne.

Frank Vastano (Label “M”) took 3rd Place in the label contest with President Frank Mortimer and Katrina Daphne.

Honey Cup 2015

2015 Honey Cup

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!

 

 

NJ’s Tim Schuler vs. The Varroa Destructor

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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.

 

 

“Our Future with Bees” with Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D.

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.

The Bee Natural History

 

 

Raising Buckfast bees & the effects of neonicotinoids on the honeybee

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.

 

Northeast NJ 2014 Honey Tasting

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The Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers will host the 2nd annual Northeast NJ Honey Tasting competition on Friday,September 19th, at Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S, starting at 7:30pm.

All members of the Northeast NJ Beekeepers are invited to participate in the competition. Prizes will be awarded for the Champion, 2nd, & 3rd places. (Members, check your email for complete rules and regulations.)

Everyone who attends will get to taste different local honeys and cast a vote for the honey they think should be the 2014 Honey Cup Champion.

Admission is free, and Everyone is welcome!

For more information, please contact Frank Mortimer at, frankmort@gmail.com

2014Honey Cup Champion Bee