The NJBA has four meetings during
the year, each with informative programs and the goal of promoting beekeeping
in the state of New Jersey. In addition, the eight branches hold meetings
throughout the year, there is an annual Honey Show competition and various
activities that the members attend and support. Below are links to photographs
from some of those events.
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- On January 16, 2010, the South Jersey Beekeepers Association (SJBA), members Alf and Ceil Berg of Herbertsville Honey shared their cosmetic-making and beeswax-working skills. Jersey Cape Beekeepers Association (JCBA) member Gary Schempp captured the day in pictures and has posted them in his online album hosted at photo-sharing website Fotki. Click here to see his slideshow of that meeting.
- The 2009 New Jersey Beekeepers Annual Honey Show was judged on February 10, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in conjunction with the New Jersey Annual State Agricultural Convention. Click here for photographs of the winning entries.
- On June 6, 2009 almost 200 New Jersey Beekeepers gathered at the JCC Camps in Medford for a general membership meeting that was full of hands-on workshops from hive inspections, to cutouts to IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques to feeding. The weather was cooperative enough so the honey bee colonies that were moved to the site for the demonstrations weren't too ill-tempered. With a great lunch and wonderful door prizes, the South Jersey Beekeepers Association (SJBA), one of the eight branches of the NJBA, did themselves proud and provided access to an enormous amount of knowledge. Click here for photographs of the day.
- Honey bees reproduce by a mechanism called swarming. Swarming occurs predominantly in spring from late April through June. If you have a swarm of honey bees you would like to have a beekeeper collect, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or find a beekeeper on our list. To view pictures of an early swarm in Bridgewater, NJ, click here.
- After years of touting the Great Falls Historic District in Paterson, NJ as a great place to have a beekeepers meeting, Tom Fuscaldo, president, and other members of the Northeast branch of the NJBA got it together on June 30, 2007 and hosted branch and NJBA members. In addition to a presentation on the history of the Great Falls and Paterson, attendees then had a discussion with a California beekeeper on Africanized honey bees in that state. Click here for photos.
- The New Jersey Beekeepers Association's Annual Honey Show judging was held on Monday, February 12, 2007. There were 91 entries by 26 members, representing six of the eight NJBA branches. Click here for photos.
- NJBA President Bob Hughes hosted and 85-year-old beekeeper from India, Srikantan, on July 15, 2006. Skrikantan spent two hours visiting with Bob, touring the honey house and taking a peek at some hives. Click here for photos.
- On March 14, 2006, the Essex County Beekeepers Society, a branch of the NJBA, feted their long-time Secretary/Treasurer Marian Chandler who abley held that post for an incredible 38 years. Marian has kept bees and mentored and helped other beekeepers for nearly 50 years! Click here to see Marian.
- Every year in January or February, the members of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association participate in a compeition of their honey, wax and mead produced in the previous season. For complete rules for the competitions, click here. Click here for photos.
The October 1, 2005 NJBA Fall
Meeting sponsored by the Central Jersey branch, featured Sue Cobey speaking on
queen and drone rearing, bee breeding and the New World Carniolan® program
and David Hackenberg speaking on using Mite-Away II ™.
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On September 10, 2005, the Essex County branch met at member Landi Simone's queen mating yard to learn the ins and outs of rearing your own Minnesota Hygienic queens. To see pictures of the meeting, click here.
The Annual Honey Harvest was held
at the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture on August 13, 2005. The New Jersey
Honey Queen Nicole Wagenblast manned the observation hive and provided visitors
with information on our state insect, the honeybee.
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- The May 14, 2005 NJBA Spring
Meeting sponsored by the Northwest branch, was held at the Snyder Farm in
Pittstown, NJ. Members were treated to informative talks on varroa mite control
by entomologist Dr. Dewey Caron, on insect sting allergies by entomologist Dr.
Mike Stanghellini, on garlic and honey by Roman Osadca and a tour of the
facility. For photos,
On April 30, 2005, the Northwest
branch held a working party at their Echo Hill Park apiary, where members who
don't have there own bees can tend bees here.The Park, located in Hunterdon
County, has loaned the branch a shed where they usually meet during the spring
and summer months.
Click here to see the Northwest members at work preparing
four new hives for the 2005 beekeeping season.
- The annual New Jersey State
Agriculture Convention was held in 2005 from January 24-26, where the NJBA
conducts the annual state honey show, drawing entries from all NJBA members.
Click here for
photos of the 2004 Honey Princess Amanda Ziemba and Queen Lauen Kurela at the
- North Caldwell beekeeper Joe
Lelinho won the Best of Show Award at the 2005 New Jersey Department of
Agriculture Honey Show in Atlantic City in January, 2005. For photo of Lelinho
accepting his award,
- The 2004 NJBA Spring meeting was
held at Harvey's Honey Farm in Monroeville, NJ ON May 15th.
Click here to see a few photos of the activities, which
included live demonstrations on a variety of varroa mite IPM tactics, small
hive beetle detection and control, foulbrood identification kits and queen
grafting. In adddition, attendees saw the Harvey's hive equipment workshop,
honey extraction and beeswax processing equipment, Honey and bee equipment
storage facilities and their many bee colonies coming in and out for
pollination contract services.