Southern Tier Beekeepers, Broome County, NY

              See our list of bee catching members here
  • Interested in becoming a beekeeper?   Look for a class in the Suny-Broome Adult Ed. catalog.  
  • Been beekeeping for a couple of years?  Check out our Intermediate Beekeeping Class page.  Registration is now open.
  • 2017 Nuc box order form is available.    We've added online payment as well this year!
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
 February 7

7pm  Speaker: Nuc Installation, Package Installation.   Taking care of your new bees.   

  • Sign up tonight to be a teacher at STBA beekeeping classes. 
  • Nominations for the upcoming ballot welcome.  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 including: nuc order chairman, Facebook director, clothing chairman and club hive caretaker.   Not happy with the way things are run?  This is your chance to get involved and fix it!
  • Share your favorite bee related photos
  • We will also review varroa management.   

Please report lost hives and what you see in your deadouts to the membership.  We report this "grapevine" information to Cornell and other people tracking trends. Some common comments this year about dead hives: "lots of dead bees on the bottom board and lots of mites under the screen, they were really strong in the farll", "there were no bees in the hive except the queen and a tiny cluster, lots of honey, several deadouts in one yard", "lots of dead bees in front of the hive and the rest dead on the bottom board".

Need Bees?   Taking Nuc Box orders at this meeting!


  7pm Chenango Town Hall
 February 17
End of Nuc Box order season.   
 February 18  
 Intermediate Beekeeping Class see sub page for information
  Cornell Cooperative Extension building. 840 Upper Front St. Binghamton, NY
 March 7
7pm  Speaker: Experienced commercial beekeeper Dwane Waid will speak on candle making and other products he sells at the Ithaca Farmer's Market.       Dwane is a fascinating speaker and loves to share his considerable knowledge.
  7pm Chenango Town Hall
 April 4    
 7pm Speaker: Emma Mullen Cornell University Extension agent for bees and beekeeping will speak on the results of ongoing bee research in NY.    Emma has been "hands-on" in beehives throughout NY as part of national research into pesticide and disease levels in our hives.    Are miticides working?  You need to know the results!
  7pm Chenango Town Hall
 May Field meeting for folks who attended the new beekeeper class    

  Nuc order probably arrives.  Expect emails if you paid for nucs.
 at the club hives 294 Ostrum Rd. Kirkwood
 June Probable field class or field trip
 July Start thinking about varroa treatments!
 August  Summer Picnic
 September 5
 7pm Speaker: TBD
 7pm Chenango Town Hall
 October 3
 7pm Speaker: TBD 7pm Chenango Town Hall
 November 4
 Dinner Meeting.   6pm Speaker: TDB
 6pm Chenango Town Hall
 December 5
 7pm Speaker: TBD 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