Southern Tier Beekeepers, Broome County, NY

See our list of bee catching members here

  • BEGINNING Beekeeping Class - next STBA sponsored class will be in the Fall of 2015. 
There is a beginning beekeeping class offered thru SUNY-Broome (HB 121) February 4&11 6-8pm call SUNY 607-778-5012 to register.  This class is taught by STBA member Bob Talkiewicz.
  • CLUB NUC ORDER: reserve your nuc at the January and February meetings.  Must be a club member to order.  details here
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    
 3 February    
7pm Club Elections.   6pm Board Meeting.

Accepted nominations:
President - Bob Talkiewicz
Vice-President - Bob Finch,
Treasurer - Sue G.,
Webmaster - Sue G.,
Assistant Webmaster - Kelly P.
Secretary - Lucinda V.,
Membership Director - Kelly P.,
Public Relations - Bob T,
Program Director - Paul VS.
Director - Richard S.,
Contact Lucinda V to nominate yourself or someone else.

We need someone to take responsibility for the coffee pot set up at the Chenango Town Hall for indoor meetings.   Task includes setting up the coffee pot, or finding someone else to do it, cleanup, and bringing the equipment box to the meetings.

THANK YOU ERNIE for all your years as Treasurer and goodie provider!!

Club Hive Raffle Tickets are still available to members (drawing in March).   This is a full double deep year old hive.

Club logo clothing will be available.

Club NUC Order last chance to order is TONIGHT

Swarm list update.  We will be passing around the swarm list for updates.

Tonight's talk is by Lucinda VanVleck.   Spring Prep for your hives.  What should you be doing this time of year to get your over-wintered hives through this last survival challenge.

 Chenango Town Hall
 4 February
Beginning Beekeeping class offered thru SUNY-Broome (HB 121) February 4&11 6-8pm call SUNY-Broome at 607-778-5012 to register.  This class is taught by STBA member Bob Talkiewicz. SUNY Broome
 3 March
6pm Christina Wahl PhD, will be talking about diseases, particularly nosema and Varroa and related research.  She will also cover how to diagnose dead-outs.

Club Hive Raffle drawing tonight!
 Chenango Town Hall
 21 March      

SABA Seminar Saturday March 21, 2015, 9am-5pm, at the HVCC TEC-SMART facility at 345 Hermes Rd., Malta, NY.   See for speakers and additional information.

 A few days in March
 Farm Days at the Oakdale Mall.   We will be tabling at the mall, volunteers needed.   Gobs of fun talking to the public about bees.
 7 April  
7pm  Swarm Prevention (ha! swarm reduction maybe) and Queen Introduction techniques. 

6pm Board Meeting.
 Chenango Town Hall
 A Saturday in April  
 New Beekeeper "hands on" class.  This session is nominally reserved for folks who took the December 13 new beekeeper class.   Contact Sue Garing 607-775-5041 for information.
 Club hives at Sue and Bob's, 294 Ostrum Rd. Kirkwood
 A Saturday late in April    
 Earth Day!   We will be tabling at the Earth Day, volunteers needed.
 A Saturday in May
 Club nuc pick-up day.   Volunteers needed.
 Your bee yard.  Check for mites and swarm cells.
 A Saturday in May    
 Field trip to a bee yard.
 A weekend in June  
 Field trip. Mite check demo, disease check, questions answered, opinions given, hands-on work session in the bee yard with experienced beekeepers.   If possible, a demo of his equipment preservation dip method.
 Bob Finch's bee yards. 
 A weekend in July
 Field trip.     Hopefully to a local queen raising facility if he'll put up with us again.  If not we'll find some interesting bee spot to tour.
 A weekend in August
Noon-3pm Club Picnic.  Yummy potluck food, bee adventures to share, trivia, silly contests, and a interesting speaker.   What more could you want?

11am Board Meeting.
We have a lovely spot on the edge of a nice pond in a member's back yard in mind.
 1 September 
7pm Winterizing hives, Mite Treatment recommendations, "tell us about what you learned at this summer's bee conferences"
 Chenango Town Hall
 17 October
6pm Dinner Meeting, tea cup auction, and a really good speaker of course (we have someone in mind!)
 Chenango Town Hall
17 November7pm THIRD TUESDAY due to elections conflict for the room.

6pm Board meeting

Bring your gizmos and phabulous photos for show and tell
 Chenango Town Hall
 DecemberNo meeting in December because November is so late in the month.
 5 January
 Hoping to get a local commercial beekeeper in to talk about his new business and his mite treatment method (if we can talk him into coming).
Chenango Town Hall

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

2015 CLUB HIVE RAFFLE IS HERE!  Win a double deep mature hive for $5.  Chances are for sale at the meetings.  Members only.  Drawing at the March 2015 meeting.

Watch here for news about the 2015 club nuc order.