Southern Tier Beekeepers, Broome County, NY

  • 2015 NUC Order:     THURSDAY 5/21/15  pickup day at 3442 Route 12, Oxford, NY   5 PM for nuc pickup.     "Helpers" please come at 4 PM.   For more information contact Jude 570-744-2718.       You should have received an email and phone call (if you didn't reply to the email) with more details.

              See our list of bee catching members here
  • BEGINNING Beekeeping Classes - next STBA sponsored class will be in the Fall of 2015. 
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    
14 June
HANDS-ON SESSION in the CLUB APIARY for NEW STBA Members or Members Wanting More Confidence in Working with their Hives

Sunday June 14th at 2pm.      No rain date so if it is raining we will reschedule. Watch here for cancellation notice.

This is intended to be a hands on hive inspection lesson for newer STBA member beekeepers who have bees and are getting nucs.  Come with your bee suits and veils to look through hives and have your questions answered.

For those just getting their nucs this will be a great opportunity to see a larger hive and talk about when to add a second hive body or any other concerns you might have. 

TO BRING:  protective clothing (veils, jackets, light colored clothing, mud-friendly shoes, smoker)
TO LEAVE HOME:  bee tools (hive tools, brushes, frame clamps).  This is a disease spreading prevention measure.   Bring equipment if you have questions about it.
WILL BE PROVIDED: light weight disposable bee gloves, hive tools.
TELL US: if you have any reaction to bee stings or if you have never been stung.  Bring your epipen or other remedies.  We have no epipens on site.  Please consider your own safety.
PARKING: is on the shoulder of Ostrum Road.

For more information and RSVP contact Sue Carmalt:

 Sue and Bob's place: 294 Ostrum Rd. Kirkwood, NY 13795
 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 November 7pm 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
 December No 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.

Patrick Summers

Watch here for news about the 2015 club nuc order.