Southern Tier Beekeepers, Broome County, NY

GOT BEES IN YOUR WALLS or TREES?   See a SWARM?
See our list of bee catching members here


  • BEGINNING Beekeeping Class December 13, 2014  details here
  • "ADVANCED/INTERMEDIATE" Beekeeping Class January 24, 2015 details here
  • 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS

 When      What    
 Where
 13 December
BEGINNING BEEKEEPER FALL CLASS 9 AM to 1 PM  details here
 Chenango Town Hall
 2015  
 6 January
7pm 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
 24 January
ADVANCED/INTERMEDIATE BEEKEEPER CLASS 9 AM to 1 PM details here
Cornell Cooperative Extension. 840 Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905
 3 February    
7pm Club Elections.   6pm Board Meeting.

2015 Open positions: President and Program Director (geewiz 9/10ths of the job is done!)

Accepted nominations: V-P Bob Finch, Treasurer and Webmaster - Sue G., Secretary - Lucinda V., Membership Kelly P., PR - Bob T, Director - Richard S.     
MORE NOMINATIONS FOR ALL POSITIONS ARE WELCOME!!

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

Contact Lucinda V lucinda.vanvleck@hotmail.com to nominate yourself or someone else.

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
 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.

 Chenango Town Hall
 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.
 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.
 
 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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NEWS & NOTICES

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.