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Upcoming events

    • February 04, 2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • February 11, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Essex County Environmental Center, Garibaldi Hall, 621-A Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland NJ 07068
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    Essex County Beekeepers Society: Basic Beekeeping

    Basic Beekeeping is a complete three-day course in beekeeping to be held February 4, February 11, and a field day in April TBA. It is offered by the Essex County Beekeepers Society and overseen by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Landi Simone. Successful completion of this class fulfills the education requirement necessary to legally keep bees in NJ. Classroom topics covered include: Honey Bee Biology, Beekeeping Equipment, Getting Started with Bees, Keeping Bees in Populated Areas, Bee Plants, Seasonal Management, Honey Bee Pests and Diseases, Harvesting Your Honey Crop, Queens, Queen Problems and Re-Queening. Day 3, Field Day, takes place in apiaries in Montville Twp. and provides students with an introduction to working with the bees. Students will have the experience of opening and inspecting a beehive themselves and obtain hands-on lessons in recognizing the various components of a hive and colony as well as inspection basics such as smoker lighting, protective gear, and correct use of the hive tool.

    A continental breakfast and afternoon snack is included in both days of classroom instruction. Students should bring a bagged lunch or plan on eating lunch at various area restaurants. Students will have access to all slides presented during class as well as supplementary class materials. Students will also be able to purchase equipment at class and be given resources for purchasing bees in spring.

    Landi Simone is an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, owner of Gooserock Farm LLC in Montville, NJ, and has kept bees for 25 years. She has taught Basic Beekeeping since its inception some twenty years ago and is a nationally well-known speaker on beekeeping. Additional instructors include Joseph Treimel, past president of ECBS and long-term beekeeper with over 40 years experience, and NJ State Apiarist Meghan McConnell.

    Tuition: $130 for 2 days in February and 1 field day in April.

    • February 19, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Ewing Township Municipal Building 2 Jake Garzio Drive West Trenton, NJ 08628
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    Beekeeping for the Bee-ginner - February 2023

    This 3 day course will cover all aspects of entry level beekeeping for the Hobbyist in NJ.  No prior knowledge of honey bees or beekeeping is required. 

    Start 8:00 am. End approx 5:00 pm.
    Class size is limited to 24 students.
    NJBA scholarship is available, click for details.
    Attendees must be at least 14 years of age.

    Day 1 (Sun, Feb 19):

    • Beginning Beekeeping
    • Honey Bee Evolution
    • Bee Regulations
    • Bee Biology
    • Equipment and Assembly
    • Location and Products
    • Feeding
    Day 2 (Sun, Feb 26):
    • Getting your bees
    • Packages and Nucs
    • Diseases and Pests
    • Pest Management
    • Bee Colony Management
    • Harvesting and Extracting

    Day 3 (Sun, Mar 5):

    • Hands-on in the hive if the weather permits.

    Book and hand outs will be provided.

    No food, drink nor meals will be supplied, a refrigerator is available if you bring your own food.  Food establishments are within a few minutes drive.

    $25 discount for active 4-H and FFA members; as well as Veteran's, verification required.  Enter the corresponding code: 4-H, FFA or Vet when registering.


Past events

October 15, 2022 NJBA 2022 Annual Fall State Meeting
September 10, 2022 CJBA Beekeeping for the Bee-ginner (September)
August 27, 2022 2022 NJBA Annual Picnic and Auction
May 22, 2022 CJBA 2022 Family Bee Day
March 27, 2022 Morris Somerset Beekeepers Assn: Basic Beekeeping
March 12, 2022 Raritan Valley Beekeepers Association: Basic Beekeeping
February 19, 2022 Essex County Beekeepers Society: Basic Beekeeping
February 13, 2022 CJBA Beekeeping for the Bee-ginner (February)
October 02, 2021 SJBA Basics of Beekeeping
April 17, 2021 RVBA Basic Beekeeping Short Course 2021
March 13, 2021 CJBA Beekeeping for the Bee-ginner (March)
February 28, 2021 Essex County Beekeepers Society: Day 4 Bonus Class Only
February 20, 2021 Essex County Beekeepers Society: Basic Beekeeping
February 20, 2021 CJBA Beekeeping for the Bee-ginner (February)
November 05, 2020 2020 NJBA Fall Virtual Meeting
February 22, 2020 Essex County Beekeepers Society: Basic Beekeeping: A 3-DAY SHORT COURSE
February 01, 2020 NJBA 2020 Annual Winter State Meeting
January 11, 2020 Sussex County Beekeepers Association: Introduction to Beekeeping
November 09, 2019 NJBA 2019 Annual Fall State Meeting
September 21, 2019 Beekeeping for the Bee-ginner (Monmouth County)
September 13, 2019 Beekeeping for the Bee-ginner (Mercer County)
June 29, 2019 2019 NJBA Annual Picnic and Auction
May 19, 2019 CJBA 2019 Family Bee Day
May 18, 2019 NJBA Annual Spring Meeting
February 16, 2019 Basic Beekeeping: A Three-Day Short Course
February 16, 2019 NJBA 2019 Annual Winter Meeting
January 12, 2019 Introduction to Beekeeping
November 10, 2018 NJBA Fall State Meeting
August 11, 2018 2018 NJBA Annual Picnic and Auction
May 20, 2018 CJBA 2018 Family Bee Day
February 17, 2018 2018 Annual Winter Meeting
September 30, 2017 Annual Fall Meeting
August 12, 2017 2017 NJBA Annual Picnic and Auction
July 31, 2017 EAS 2017
July 25, 2016 Beekeeping Courses / EAS Conference
April 23, 2016 Annual Spring Meeting



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