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Southern Tier Beekeepers, Broome County, NY

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Southern Tier Beekeepers Association members are working together to learn the tools and techniques needed to keep healthy hives in today's challenging environment.  We meet year around!

Club Meetings are held at the Chenango Town Hall,1525 NY RT 12, aka Upper Front Street, in the Town of Chenango (~0.3 miles North of the new Price Chopper.) Generally, club Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month. Our Summer Field Meetings are on the second Sunday of the month and are held at Sue & Bob's at 294 Ostrum Rd., Kirkwood. Please check back regularly for updated information, plans change!

WINTER WEATHER CANCELLATIONS: If Binghamton Schools are closed we are staying home by the fire and cancelling the meeting.  Watch our Facebook page for a notice as well.


 When      What    
  16 August
 3rd Saturday Noon, Club Picnic at JoAnn's (3390 Hance Rd., Binghamton, NY)

Sue Rambo of "Gardening Forever" will talk about flowers for honey bees and other pollinators.  We may have a plant identification walk around JoAnn's woods and fields.

Please contact JoAnn Kieffer with your potluck item and RSVP.  607-669-4891.

Here's the latest food list from JoAnn:

Seven beekeepers & families for a total headcount of 19 - bringing:

Carolyn Hintz - Cucumber salad

Teri & Mike Bishop - Potato Salad

Jane DeHawkhurst - Watermelon

Sue & Bob G- Drinks. veggie burgers

Carmalts - Hamburgers

Kate Bouman - Brownies

Sandra Komoroff - Will pick up a container of assorted meat at Sam's and cheese and bread and condiments also

Reva & I - tossed salad with all the trimmings

 11am Board Meeting
JoAnn's Deckdock
 2 September
 1st Tuesday 7:00 pm Club Meeting   
 [may get moved by the Primary Elections]

Speakers: Chuck Kutik of Kutik's Honey and Jerry Howell of Wixon Honey will talk on "Growing Your Beekeeping Business".     What a great opportunity to quiz successful commercial beekeepers on what it takes to make a living with bees and bee equipment!

Moderator: Earl Villecco
 Chenango Town Hall
 11 October
SECOND SATURDAY 6:00 pm Club Annual Dinner and MEAD TASTING.     Queen Breeder Lynn Barton will talk on the art and science of raising queens.

Making mead and honey based beverages is becoming popular.   If you gave it a try we'd like to help you make room for the next batch.  Bring a bottle to the dinner to share and let us know what yeast, which honey and what methods you used.

Moderator: Bob Talkiewicz
 Chenango Town Hall
 ? October
New Beekeeper Fall class - stay tuned for details.  Probably a Saturday.
 Chenango Town Hall
 3 November
 1st MONDAY [due to Election Day on Tuesday] 7:00 pm Club Meeting   
Annual PHOTO CONTEST!  Bring your favorite photo for the contest and bring 9 more for show and tell afterward.   Bring them on CD, memory stick or in hard copy.

Moderator: Sue Garing
 Chenango Town Hall
 2 December
 1st Tuesday 7:00 pm Club Meeting   

 6pm Board Meeting

Planned speakers:  Bob Finch and Dee Ross will talk on "Hive Products"

Moderator: Bob Finch
 Chenango Town Hall
 January- February?
Speaker: Kevin Baker, swarm collector and  commercial beekeeper from Lackawanna County. He has 5 apiaries and has done extensive planting of trees and cover crops and plants for his honeybees. He will be discussing how to determine what to plant and sources of seeds and trees.  Chenango Town Hall
 ? January
New Beekeepers Spring class - stay tuned for details. Probably a Saturday
Cornell Cooperative Extension. Front St. Bingo.

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Dues are due in October.  Please join us  and renew for membership for $15.


2014 Hive Raffle winner is Mike Bishop