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    
 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

6 pm Dinner Meeting, Chinese Auction, Speaker Ryan D. Reynolds talking about ongoing lab research at Penn State and the affects of pesticides on honey bees.  To Bring:  a dish to pass, your own place setting, items for the auction.

Club will provide drinks and pizza.

Dues Payment are Due – Time to renew your membership
 Chenango Town Hall
17 November

6 pm board Meeting

 Date change due to elections.  Third Tuesday.

Bring your bee related gizmos and fabulous photos for show and tell.

Selling raffle tickets for a famous Wayne painted hive (two deeps, top, bottom, IC). 
Tickets are $5 and will be sold at club meetings and other venues.

Selling raffle tickets for a complete STBA full size club hive with bees. Tickets are $5 and are only available to STBA members.

Meeting topics to be covered: proper legal labeling of your hive products, methods to extract honey, winterizing your hives (information presented by members and "Fat Bee Man" on You Tube)

This is the time to think about running for an office for the next year!

The election in February 2016 is for: President, Program Officer, Membership, Ways and Means, Webmaster
 Chenango Town Hall
 December No meeting in December because November meeting is so late in the month.
We will try to reserve the 1st Tuesday slot again at the Chenango Town Hall, but can’t book until January. 
 5 January

Mike Johnston – speaker (commercial beekeeper and queen breeder)

Nuc Orders

Winter maintenance

Present officer ballot for vote in February
Chenango Town Hall
 23 January

Beginning beekeeping class to cover the basics needed to get started.  We will follow-up with a hands-on session in the apiary in the spring.   To keep the student-teacher ratio low we will have two sessions:

Two sections:  9:00 – 11:30am, and 1 – 3:30pm

Students must sign up in advance.  Session limit of 24.   Advance registration is required.     REGISTER HERE
2 February   

Elections!  Help your club by volunteering for the board.

Methods for rendering wax ( Richard, Sue G., Lucinda and other members)

Storage of frames and equipment to avoid wax moth infestations
 Chenango Town Hall
 2 March   

Spring Inspection:  presented by members (Lucinda, Sue C. and others)

Ontario- Finger Lakes Bee Conference at Geneva, NY on the 19th
April 5 or later depending on weather

Hands on class for beginning beekeepers in the apiary presented by STBA members

Some topics: Installing your nuc, handling frames, what to look for in your hive, identifying workers, drones, queens, brood, nectar, pollen, honey and more
 Club Hives
 May 3 or date to be determined Class in Apiary – Maintaining your hive as it grows, diseases: their identification and treatment Club Hives
 May Nuc Order Pick-up – Date determined by supplier, prep teams will be needed to screen them in 
 June Possible field trip

EAS (Eastern Apicultural Society) – At Stockton University, Calloway, NJ – July 25-29, with speakers, workshops, Master Beekeeper Exam, competitions, special events

ESHPA (Empire State Honey Producers Association) summer picnic, Greenich, NY – Our state organization- Great speakers

PSBA (Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association) summer picnic, Lewisburg, PA

 Various Locations – Check the websites

STBA Picnic – Potluck, bring a dish to pass and your won place setting

Enjoy a meal and conversation with fellow bee lovers (no speaker planned)


Visit our Facebook page.  


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

Patrick Summers

Watch here for news about the 2015 club nuc order.