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 7pm (unless otherwise noted) 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 during the fall and winter. 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     Where

 June 5
1:00-3:00pm  STBA Field Meeting

·         STBA Members are welcome to attend an apiary class at Sue Garing’s to gain experience with hive inspections, mite counts and treatments, what diseases to look for, and possibly queen marking.  Q & A session and “What we should be doing now.”

 Sue and Bob's 294 Ostrum Rd. Kirkwood, NY
 July 12

No general STBA meeting

Family Fun Evening at Chucksters Fun Park in Vestal, NY (the owners are beekeepers!)

- Chuckster's is located at 1915 Vestal Parkway West in Vestal, between Vestal and Apalachin.

- Parking is free at Chuckster's.

- Admission is free for people to come fellowship with others, enjoy the fountains, the tent, etc. 

- If STBA members and friends want to enjoy the Chuckster's attractions, then the deeply-discounted attraction pricing that night for the group will be as follows:

- The all-access pass (without zip line included) will only cost $10 for STBA dues-paying members and $15 for their spouses, children, and guests. (This is normally $27 per person) 

- Individual attractions will also be available to purchase at our "large group discount" prices if members and friends do not want the all-access pass.

All 8 picnic tables under the tent will be reserved for the club. There are more tables in the plaza area near "Inside Scoop" which members and friends are welcome to use, also. These are just a few feet away from the main tent. 

Food such as burgers, hot dogs, pizza, fries, pulled pork and onion rings along with homemade gelato, ice cream, and sorbet will be available at Chuckster's Award-winning "Inside Scoop".

Please see for more details about Chuckster's in Vestal.


No general STBA meeting       

Plan to attend one of the conferences:  

v  EAS: 5 days with the Eastern Apicultural Society at Stockton University, Calloway, NJ, July 25-29, with speakers, workshops, Master Beekeeper Exam, competitions and special events.

v  ESHPA Summer Picnic July 23rd from 10:00 – 6:00.  This is your state bee club, Empire State Honey Producers Association. More information available at a later date.

v  PSBA (Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association) summer picnic, Lewisburg, PA , more information currently unavailable.

 Various Locations – Check the websites
 August 13

·       STBA Family Picnic from 12 noon – 3:00 at JoAnn Kieffer’s home at 3390 Hance Rd., Binghamton, NY.  Bring a dish to pass and your own place setting. Families welcome. There is a pavilion, a pond for swimming and a grill. Please bring a folding chair.  Please e-mail Kate Bouman,, the dish you plan to bring.

·         Drawing for the painted hive at the picnic.  It is finally time for someone to win this famous artistic hive.  You have to supply your own bees.

·         There will be a Board Meeting before the picnic from 11:00 – 12:00.

 JoAnn's 3390 Hance Rd., Binghamton, NY

August 20th is National Honey Bee Day.

August 22 – 27th, Harford Fair, New Milford, PA, good honey tent.   YOU CAN SELL YOUR HONEY at the Harford fair IF you volunteer to work the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association booth.  For more information

 September 6
 Do you need insurance to keep bees, and how about if you're thinking of selling honey?   Save all your questions for our speaker, Tonia Northrop of the Andrew P. Hinkley Agency, Farm Family Casualty Insurance.     Tonia knows the ins and outs of farm and farm product insurance.

·         Bob Finch leading a discussion on “what we should do now stressing mite treatments.” Possibly Joel Babcock covering oxalic acid and Earl Villecco covering formic acid treatment methods.

·         Q & A 15 min. session

·         Topic to be covered:  harvesting and extracting honey methods (Bob Finch, Joe Underwood with the Flow Hive, other members) What to do if you do not have an extractor.

 7pm Chenango Town Hall
 October 8

·         Potluck Dinner and Chinese Auction.  Bring your own place setting and a dish to pass.  Please coordinate the dish you plan to bring with Kate Bouman, There will be a snack/social time beginning at 5:30.  Plan to bring your auction donations at this time so the helpers have time to get the bags labeled for the raffle tickets. Remember to bring extra raffle ticket cash for that special item you are anxious to own. Crock pot foods are permissible.

We are excited to have Emma Mullen, Cornell Honey Bee Extension Associate as our dinner speaker tonight.  Emma will brief us on the wealth of resources and programs that are being implemented for bees and beekeepers by Extension.  Visit her program site:
 5:30 pm Chenango Town Hall
 November 1

·         Photo Show: bring your favorite bee related photo or jpeg on a usb drive or cd to share

·         Honey and Mead tasting

·         Sell your stuff (unwanted gently used or new equipment or farmer’s market products)

·         Q & A 15 min. session

·         Winterizing your hives discussion lead by Bob Finch and other members contributing.

  7pm Chenango Town Hall
 December 6

·         Bob Finch leading a discussion on feeding your bees for winter.

·         Q & A 15 min. session

·         Gift Exchange (more info to follow)

·         Honey Swap: Bring a 1 pound jar of your honey and at the end of the meeting, take home a jar from the swap table.  Don’t forget to label it so we know the beekeeper, location and type of honey.

·         Nominations for the upcoming ballot are due.  The offices up for election are Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Director and Public Relations.  Of course, volunteer positions are not elected for life so we will need volunteers again and the positions include: nuc order chairman, Facebook director, clothing chairman and club hive caretaker.

·         Speaker: Tentative – Dwain Wade – Candle making expert.

 7pm Chenango Town Hall

No General Meeting, possible board meeting to plan beekeeping classes

 At a good restaurant :-)
 February 7

·         Elections and Volunteer Positions

·         Topics to be planned at a later date

  7pm Chenango Town Hall

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


2016 Club Hive #1: Carmel Buneo

2016 Club Hive #2: Dawn and John Alfano