2018 State and Branch Calendars

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Mid-State South Morris Jersey Cape Raritan

State Calendar

February 7-9, 2018: Show off your honey and other products of your hives at the NJBA 2018 Annual Honey Show! Judging will be on February 8 & 9, 2018 at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown. You need to get your entries to a drop-off volunteer no later than Monday, February 5th. Entries will be delivered to Trenton by noon on Wednesday, February 7. If you’d like to volunteer to be a drop-off point for entries, transport entries, volunteer at the judging or running the “Best Tasting Honey in NJ” contest in the State House contact Cynthia Werts, cynthiawerts@aol.com. If you have questions about entering, also contact Cynthia, the Honey Show Chair. Click here for Rules. Click here for an Entry Form. Click here for current Drop-Off locations. Want to see the criteria the judges use? The judging sheets and hints on preparing honey and wax entries can be found here.  Click here for the 2018 winners!

February 17-18, 2018
: Saturday and Sunday at the Windsor Ballroom and National Conference Center, 399 Monmouth Street, East Windsor, NJ 08520. Speakers will include Larry Weaner of Larry Weaner Landscape Associations; EAS Master Beekeeper Frank Licata; our own EAS Master Beekeeper, Northeast branch member John Gaut; NJ State Apiarist Tim Schuler; EAS Master Beekeeper Allen Hayes; Dr. David Gilley and students from William Paterson University We’ll also have our annual auction of honey show winners.  We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn. The rooms are $79 plus tax and the block is being held until January 18, after which the rate is the same but availability is not guaranteed. Make your reservations directly with the hotel at 609-448-7000 and use the reservation code BEE for the discount. Click here for tentative agenda. Cost is $100 per person, which includes five meals (two breakfasts, two lunches and the banquet). Click here to register and pay online or by check. Online registration is preferred, however, you can register by phone at 908 879-4377. Click here for the agenda. Pre-order with Mann Lake Ltd. to pick up at the Annual Winter Meeting and avoid ALL shipping fees!

August 13-17, 2018: Eastern Apiculture Society Annual Conference, Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA. Click here for details. Contact the NJBA New Jersey Delegate to EAS, Lou Naylor, Lou209@me.com, for more information on EAS membership and the conference.  

August, 2018: Saturday, either the 11th or 25th; TBD. Annual Equipment Auction of bee-related paraphernalia at the Ewing Senior Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing 08268 (Mercer County). Details will follow when available.

State Executive Board Meetings:
  • 2018 Meeting Dates To Be Determined

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.

March 16, 2018:
"Swarms: Steps to Stop Them & Early Prevention"

April 20, 2018:
"Installing/Caring for your new nucs & Swarm Management"

May 18, 2018: "Hive Inspections/Summer Management"

June 15, 2018: Mite Treatments presented by State Apiarist Tim Schuler.

July 20, 2018: Honey Extraction

August 17, 2018: "Feeding/ Dealing with the Dearth/ Mite Treaments"

September 22, 2018: Saturday, Honey Cup Festival

October 19, 2018: "Honey Bee Natural History, Biodiversity, Conservation, and Ecology" presented by Jamie Ellis, PhD, Honey Bee Research & Extension Laboratory, Department of Entomology & Nematology. University of Florida.

November 16, 2018: "Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation" presented by Tammy Horn Baker PhD, Kentucky State Apiarist and author.

December 21, 2018: Holiday Party

Northwest NJ Calendar

Scheduled activities can be found on the Northwest Jersey Beekeepers Association website, click here. PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change. Consult the branch website for any last minute changes!

*Rescheduled* April 20, 2018: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Hunterdon Central High School - Cafeteria 173, 87 NJ Route 31, Flemington. Lorette Cheswick will guide members in getting to know beekeeping at a microscopic level. Learn about hygienic behavior and reading the refuse on a bottom board. Lorette will lead some sessions and have microscopes available for use. Bring anything you'd like to look at under the microscope. There will be a Q&A session. Coffee and tea provided; please consider bringing a dessert or snack to share. For additional details, click here.

April 28, 2018: Bee Package Installation, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., 135 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington 08822 (Hives are across from Deer Path Park Soccer Fields). A demonstration showing you how to install a package of bees into a Langstroth hive will be done. We will talk about handling packages and answer any questions you might have.  Click here for directions.  Visit NWNJBA website for details and updates.

May 23, 2018: Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. NJ Clean Communities Seminar Community outreach table and Q&A session. 1100 children in attendence for the day!

July 28 - August 4, 2018: Multi-day beekeeping booth and public outreach presentations. The fair has a honey show (judging Juuly 30 at 1 p.m.) and live beekeeping demonstrations. Click here for fair website.

August, 2018: Hunterdon County Fair. Multi-day beekeeping booth, live bee demonstrations and public outreach presentations.

Sussex County Calendar

For information on meetings, go to Sussex County Beekeepers Association website, click here.

March 27, 2018: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. "Beekeeping in Populated Areas" presented by Landi Simone, EAS Master Beekeeper.

April 24, 2018: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

May 22, 2018: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

June 26, 2018: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

July 24, 2018: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 28, 2018: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

September 25, 2018: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

October 23, 2018: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

December 10, 2018: Annual Sussex County Beekeepers Association Holiday Dinner, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., St. Mortiz Grill & Bar, Lake Mohawk. Cost per person: $38 (Buffet dinner & cash bar). RSVP no later than Friday, December 1st. Questions? Email: SCBA.member.info@gmail.com.

 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.

March 13, 2018: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. "Oxalic Acid Vaporization as a Miticide". Garibaldi Hall, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland.

 Central Jersey Beekeepers Association Calendar  

Meetings are held at Monmouth County Agricultural Building,  4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, entrance at back of building. There are usually light refreshments from 6:30 to 7:30 pm: meeting starts at 7:30. For meeting agendas and minutes, Central Jersey Beekeepers Association website and calendar, click here.

March 9, 2018: Presentation by Ryck Suydam, President of the New Jersey Farm Bureau. Updates on proposed bee rules. Treasurer's report and member participation incentive program. Fifty-fifty and beekeeping calendars for sale.

May 20, 2018: Central Jersey Family Picnic, Oak Tree Lodge, 1412 Schoolhouse Rd., Wall Township. Seeking members to make short "How-To" presentations during the picnic.

June 22, 2018: Membership meeting.

July 25-29, 2018: Monmouth County Fair. Seeking a member to design a new label for the honey jars (include "LOCAL" and "RAW" on label).

August 18, 2018: "Birds, Bugs and Beyond" festival

September 21, 2018: Membership meeting.

October 14, 2018: Thompson Park Day

November 1, 2018: Membership meeting.


Mid-State Calendar  

*March 21, 2018: Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., “Pests and Pathogens” presented by Kate and Izzy Venetos. Rutgers EcoComplex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Rd., Bordentown 08505.

*April 4, 2018: Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. “Handling Swarms” presented by Nancy Clayton and Harry Mayer. Rutgers EcoComplex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Rd., Bordentown 08505.
April 28, 2018: Satirdau, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. “Making Splits” presented by Dave Frank. Specca's Farm, 880 Jacksonville-Mt. Holly Road, Bordentown 08505. Beekeepers of all levels of experience are welcome for this live demonstration program.
July 17 – 23, 2018: Burlington County Farm Fair - Volunteers Needed
August 10 - 16, 2018: Mercer County Farm Fair - Volunteers Needed
*Basic Beekeeping classes are designed for beginning to intermediate beekeepers. Please register with Ann Auerbach  at annauer@verizon.net or 856-424-0327.

South Jersey Calendar  

February, 2018:
No meeting, NJBA Annual Winter Meeting.

March 8, 2018: Thursday, 7:00 p.m., “Mosquito Spraying and How to Protect Your Colonies” presented by Doug, mosquito control for Atlantic County; and “Gadgets” presented by SJBA board members. Cologne Volunteer Fire Department, 2870 Cologne Avenue., Mays Landing 08330. (Please use side entrance door, a Zumba class will be finishing up at 7:00 p.m.)

April 22, 2018: Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m., Outreach at The Promenade at Sagamore, 500 Route 73 South, Marlton 08053. SJBA will be giving out information about honey bees and selling blueberry honey. Come help work the booth or just stop by.

May 12, 2018: Saturday, 8:45 a.m. to noon. “Splits, Combines and Swarm Management” at Eric Frye’s home, 109 Spring Garden Street, Woodstown 08098. Rain date is Sunday, May 13, 2018.

June 9, 2018: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. SJBA Annual Picnic, Atlantic County Park at Estell Manor, 109 Route 50, Mays Landing 08330. Rain date is Sunday, June 10, 2018.

July 14, 2018: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. “Measuring and Managing Varroa and Other Hive Pests”. Rob and Denise Dietrich’s home, 322 Crestview Avenue, Blackwood 08012.

August, 2018: NJBA Annual Picnic and Auction, Eastern Apiculture Society Conference August 13-17, 2018, Hampton, VA.

September 18, 2018: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. “Feeding Strategies”, Gloucester County Offices of Gov. Services, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton 08312.

October 9, 2018: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. “Honey Show Judging Process and Hints” presented by Jen Sawyer, Gloucester County Offices of Gov. Services, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton 08312.

November 3, 2018: Saturday, 9:00 a.m., “Raising Queens” presented by Bill Sprenkle. Friendship Finley United Methodist Church, 252 Centerton Rd., Bridgeton 08302 (church is actually located in Upper Deerfield)

December 11, 2018: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Election of officers and Second Annual Honey Show, Gloucester County Offices of Gov. Services, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton 08312.

January 19, 2019: Saturday, 6:00 p.m., SJBA/JCBA Annual Banquet, Martin’s Custom Catering, 311 S. Harding Hwy. (Route 40), Landisville 08326.

Jersey Cape Calendar  


Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month (except for July) at 7 P.M. at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, 355 Court House/Dennisville Road, (Route 657), Cape May Court House. Click here for directions.

March 15, 2018:

 Morris and Somerset County Beekeepers Association Calendar  

Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month members will be notified via email of meeting date and time changes.
Raritan Valley Beekeepers Association Calendar  


Unless otherwise noted, RVBA meets on the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Raritan Valley Community College (College Center wing, lower level, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg 08876. Refreshments, socialization and beekeeping Q&A are part of every meeting.

March 15, 2018: Joe Treimel, President of the Essex County Branch of the NJBA, will speak about making splits and nucs. He's very experienced and this is a good lecture for those of you who are hoping to increase your number of hives this year. Bring a snack to share along with fellowship and bee talk during our informal break. The meeting will be in the classroom next to the atrium.

April 19, 2018: Swarm Prevention is the topic of our program - yes, it is that time of year again!
Dick Madden will have pollinator plant seeds for sale at a very, very reasonable price. Get a few selections for your yard. They also make nice little gifts.
We will have a Tricky Tray - bring Cuttings, Plants, Bee themed gifts, or any other fun item you would like to donate.
You may also bring a snack to share, if you like. We will bring the Coffee and Tea.

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