2015 State and Branch Calendars

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State Calendar

February 14, 2015: Annual Winter Meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Nottingham Ballroom, Nottingham Volunteer Fire Company, 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton. Maine State Apiarist Tony Jadczak will speak on “Important Issues Facing the Beekeeping Industry”, Northwest’s Kevin Inglin will give a presentation on how to access all the beekeeping videos he has posted to YouTube, the Annual Honey Show first place winning entries will be auctioned off and Kirsten Shoshanna Traynor, PhD, of the Bee Informed Partnership, will speak on “Trends in Management”. Vendors will include Brushy Mountain and Mann Lake.  Click here for agenda, costs and registration information.

June 6, 2015: Saturday, Annual Spring Meeting, hosted by the Northwest branch. Reserve the date.  Dr. David Tarpy will be the featured speaker.  Details to follow.

October 31, 2015 : Annual fall meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Fellowship Deaconry, 3575 Valley Rd., Liberty Corner.
Michael Gardner of Gardner Apiaries, one of the largest package providers in Georgia, will speak on all aspects of package bee production.
State Apiarist Tim Schuler will provide a report on the state of beekeeping in NJ, all the things to consider when you are purchasing new bees and update us on his latest trip with Villages in Partnership to help beekeepers in Malawi Africa.
Essex branch member Grant Stiles will fill us in on all the aspects of producing nucleus hives.
Click here for directions. Cost is $25 for members; $12 for children 11 and under.
Register online and pay via PayPal or check by clicking here. If you prefer not to register online, RSVP via email at event_reg@njbeekeepers.org or by phone at 908 879-7529 and send your check made out to "NJBA" to Charles Ilsley, 704 Kline Place, Bridgewater, NJ 08807-3135.
Please register by October 24th so that we can provide a headcount to the caterer for food. Click here for a detailed agenda.

State Executive Board Meetings:
  • March 13, 2015: 7:00 p.m. Rutgers, EcoComplex, Bordentown, Executive Board Meeting.
  • May 8, 2015: 7:00 p.m., online, meeting invitation with connection information will be emailed.
  • July 10, 2015: 7:00 p.m., online, meeting invitation with connection information will be emailed.
  • August 22, 2015: Annual picnic and auction of bee-related paraphernalia at the Ewing Senior Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing 08268 (Mercer County). If you have beekeeping related items to auction, please complete the Seller Registration form. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts, followed by the auction, with auctioneer par excellence Rod Donovan. RSVP today so that your name tag with your assigned bidding number is ready when you arrive. Bring a chair. Ample parking. Price is $20 (adults and children over 12); if you pay before August 12th; $25 the day of. Children ages 6 to 11 are $5 and 5 years or younger are free. To register online and pay with PayPal, a credit card, or mail in a check click here. If you prefer not to register online, RSVP as soon as possible by email to event_reg@njbeekeepers.org so that there will be plenty of food. If not paying online, send your check, payable to NJBA, to Charles Ilsley, 704 Kline Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807-3135.
  • September 11, 2015: 7:00 p.m., online, meeting invitation with connection information will be emailed.
  • November 13, 2015: 7:00 p.m., online, meeting invitation with connection information will be emailed.

Northeast Beekeepers Association of NJ Calendar  

Scheduled activities can be found on the branch website.

Meetings are held the third Friday of every month, beginning at 7:30 P.M. at Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S. Please visit their website for further details.

January 16, 2015: Winter care and getting ready for spring.

February 20, 2015: Late winter/spring management. Nuc information. Grant Stiles speaker.

March 20, 2015
: Raising Buckfast bees, and the effects of Neonicotinoids on bees. Bill Ferguson speaker.

April 17, 2015
: Installing and caring for your new nuc’s. 

May 15, 2015
: Book signing for “The Bee, A Natural History” and speak on BestBees.com. Noah Wilson-Rich speaker.

June 19, 2015
: Mite treatments. Speaker Tim Schuler, state apiarist.

July 17, 2015
: Honey extraction. 

August 21, 2015
: Feeding and dealing with the dearth. Mite treatements.

September 18, 2015
: Honey Cup.

October 18, 2015
: Sustainable beekeeping and bee hunting. Jorik Phillips and Megan Denver, Hudson Valley Bee Supply.

November 20, 2015
: World Travel: Bees and Beekeeping around the Globe, Bary Schempp, Busy Bees NJ.

December 18, 2015
: Holiday party.

Northwest NJ Calendar

Scheduled activities can be found on the Northwest Jersey Beekeepers Association website, click here.

Sussex County Calendar

For Sussex County Beekeepers Association website, click here.

January 14, 2015: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Annual meeting, vote on proposed by-laws changes and officer elections.

January 24 and 31, 2015: The Sussex County branch will offer a two-day “Beginning Beekeeping Course” at the Sussex County Fairground Administration Building in January 24 and 31st. In the event of inclement weather on either of those dates, February 7 will be reserved. If you are interested in this course, email scba.school@gmail.comClick here to download Bee School Registration Form.

February 22, 2015: 2pm - Meeting & Program TBA

March 18, 2015: Wednesday, 7:30pm - Meeting & Program TBA

April 2015: Package installation demonstration - date, time & location TBA

May 2015: TBA

June 2015: TBA

July 18, 2015: Noon, Fair Prep.   Crowning of the SCBA Honey Royalty

July 30, 2015: 6:00 p.m. Fair final setup

July 31 through August 9, 2015: Sussex County Farm & Horse Show/ New Jersey State Fair

August 1, 2015: Noon, Annual Honey Show. Twenty classes from extracted honey to mead, candles to lip balm, photography to creamed honey. Try your luck! Entries are due at the New Jersey State Fair / Sussex County Farm and Horse Show in Augusta by 11 a.m., Saturday, August 1st. Click here for Rules, Judge’s Sheets and an Entry Form.

September 2015: Joint picnic with Orange County Beekeepers, TBA

October 10, 2015: Honey and Garlic Fall Festival

 Essex County Calendar  

For Essex County Beekeepers Society website, click here.

Unless otherwise noted, the Essex County Beekeepers Association meets the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Garibaldi Center, 621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. Specific topics and speakers, when known, are noted below. Please visit their website for further details.


 Central Jersey Beekeepers Association Calendar  

For Central Jersey Beekeepers Association website and calendar, click here.

Mid State Calendar  

January 15, 2015: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Rugters EcoComplex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Rd., Bordentown. Guest Speaker:  Dr. Vince Aloyo.  Topic:  Pheromones.  Also Branch elections that night.

July 14-19, 2015:  Burlington County Farm Fair. We will be staffing a booth and selling honey. Volunteers needed.

August 1-2, 2015:  Mercer County Fair. We will be staffing a booth.

September 15, 2015:  9:00 to 11:00 a.m. “Fall Feeding and Robbing Prevention”. Home of John & Chris Hibbs, 4 Ridge Court, Medford.

October 15, 2015:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m. “Gifts from the Hive”. Learn how to make gifts using beeswax and hive products. Rutgers Eco-Center, 1200 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown.

November 19, 2015:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m. “Honey Judging”. Learn what the judges are looking for at the honey show, and how to prepare your honey to win. Guest speaker to be determined. Officer nominations.

December 13, 2015:  1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Second Annual Mid-State Member’s Winter Banquet. Robin’s Nest Restaurant, 2 Washington St., Mt. Holly.

January 16, 2016:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Rutgers Eco-Center. Officer elections and guest speaker.

South Jersey Calendar  

January 24, 2015:  6 p.m. Winter banquet with Jersey Cape branch at Martin’s Custom Catering, 311 S. Harding Hwy., Landisville. Guest speaker will be Meghan McConnell from the Bee Informed Partnership. Bee products will be raffled. Reservations due to Doris Morgan by January 17, 2015.

September 12, 2015: 9:00 a.m. Clemenson Farms Native Nursery, 108 Linwood Avenue, Estell Manor. “Planting for Pollinators”.

October 13, 2015: 7:00 p.m., Gloucester County Offices of Government Services, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton. “Making Creamed Honey” tentative topic.

November 10, 2015: 7:00 p.m. Gloucester County Offices of Government Services, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton. “Making Rolled Candles”.

December 8, 2015: 7:00 p.m. Gloucester County Offices of Government Services, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton. “Spring Preparation”. SJBA Annual Meeting and Officer Elections.

January 23, 2016 (tentative): 6:00 p.m. Fifth Annual SJBA/JCBA Members’ Winter Banquet. Martin’s Custom Catering, 311 S. Harding Hwy., Landisville.

Jersey Cape Calendar  


Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month (except for July and December) at 7 P.M. at the Cape May County Extension Office, 355 Court House/So. Dennis Rd., (Route 657), Cape May Court House. Click here for directions.

February 6, 2015Bee-ginners Beekeeping Course - Offered by the Jersey Cape Beekeepers Association and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County in Cape May Court House, NJ, it will be held on six Friday evenings in two-hour sessions from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. starting on February 6, 2015. The final session is held on a Saturday in April when the bees arrive. Applications will be posted when available. Contact Bill Eisele for more information.

 Morris and Somerset County Beekeepers Association Calendar  

Raritan Valley Beekeepers Association Calendar  

Raritan Valley Beekeepers Association (RVBA) meets the third Thursday of every month 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.For June, August, September, October, November and December, the meetings will be held at the Calvary Bible Church, 144 Readington Road, Whitehouse Station, Conference Room, Lower Level. The July location is still undecided.


October 15, 2015: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Landi Simone, Master Beekeeper, will present a program about honey related products, label making, creamed honey, varietal honeys, beeswax and honey cosmetics basics, value added products of the hive and preparing honey to show. You will have the opportunity to meet fellow beekeepers and find out who lives in your neighborhood. Snacks and coffee courtesy of Zeev Abigador.

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