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NWNJBA Honey Princess Terin Weinberg 

NWNJBA Honey Princess
Terin Weinberg is NWNJBA's 2014 Honey Queen.  Terin is available for a visit to your area.  To learn more click here.

Who We Are

The NORTHWEST branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association is a regional organization of anywhere from 80 to 100 bee hobbyist and sideliners (less than 300 hives). Our members generally reside in the Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset counties but membership is not limited to this region of the state.

NWNJBA Scholarships Scholarship funds are available through the NWNJBA for youths interested in the Rutgers Extension Bee-ginner's beekeeping class. If you are interested in submitting a request, or know of a youth with an interest in beekeeping who would like to be considered, submit a two to three paragraph stating your general interest in beekeeping. Submissions can be sent to the NWNJBA President Bob Kloss by clicking this link.  If you have any questions, about the scholarship program please reach out to Bob via phone (on our contact page) or e-mail.

Resource Pages:
Small Hive Beetle
Jersey Fresh Program
Farmland Assessment
Winter Feeding Insight
Swarm Management
Bee Maladies

Video Features:
Products of the Hive
Bear Control
Mead Making

More coming soon!

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  • Welcome to the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association (NWNJBA) Welcome to the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association (NWNJBA) We would like to welcome you to the home page of the NORTHWEST branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.  We maintain this website to share information with both the public and our membership on the topic of beekeeping.  Here you can find the clubs schedule of events, educational resources, and how to contact the NWNJBA among other things. We thank you for taking the time visit our website and we hope that you find it a useful resource.
  • fall meeting NWNJBA Fall Meeting - cancelled After review it was recognized that the postpone reschedule date was on the same weekend as the state meeting and it didn't make sense to compete against, and ask members to consider two events for the weekend.  We recommend everyone review our fall guide below for fall management insights.
  • Fall Management NWNJBA Fall Management Guide We've prepared a management guide that will help you get your hives in good order for overwintering.
    Click Here to access the online guide
  • June Meeting New Jersey State Beekeepers Meeting - Keith Delaplane Annual Fall Meeting sponsored by the Central Jersey branch, Rutgers EcoComplex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Rd., Bordentown. Dr. Keith S. Delaplane will be the featured speaker. Click here to register.
  • NJ Swarm Report Promotion Swarm REPORT Participate in the 2014 New Jersey Swarm Report. Tell us about your swarms in New Jersey. Click Here to Visit the Site >>
  • Bear Fencing Protect Against Bears We have two resources for you to consider. First up, a presentation from Michelle Smith of the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. Check Here for that >. Secondarily we have a write up on Bear Preparations here...    Read More >
  • Mead Making Recap Meeting Mead Making Meeting Recap The Northwest NJ Beekeeper's Association hosted a meeting on Mead Making and products from beeswax (Lip balm, candles, and skin cream).  We shot some videos of the meeting and you check in on them here.
    Making Mead How To Video
    Beeswax Products(lip balm, hand cream)
  • For your Viewing and Listening Pleasure! For your Viewing and Listening Pleasure! There are plenty of websites on the internet that provide beekeeping videos and audio in this feature we'll share some links to several resources for you to consider. Click here. to see the recommended lists.

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NWNJBA Holiday Party

NWNJBA Holiday Party & Elections
The annual Holiday Party is on board  for the 6th of December, from 1pm till 4pm.  The location is Echo Hill The Main Activity Center.

This is a great time to just kick back, relax and enjoy catching up with other beekeepers... we always have a great time, the food is varied and delicious. 

We need to hear from each of you who are attending... so that we can plan hospitality. Please RSVP with Barbara Hill.

The Party needs your help with Covered Dish Contributions and Donations to the Chinese Auction.  If you are attending please let Barbara know if you can bring something and any items that you care to donate for the Chinese auction would be appreciated (it doesn't have to be beekeeping related!).

2015 NWNJBA Board Elections
The Nominations committee is seeking to fill out the slate for 2015 elections.  This is your club so please consider becoming an active participant.  It is a fun and rewarding experience to be a part of the team.

Those interested in positions should contact the committee chair, Fran Wasitowski at fwasitowski@yahoo.com.  Fran can provide information on what is entailed for any of the following positions: President, First VP, 2nd VP, 3rd VP,  Secretary and Treasurer...

Fran and the other committee members would welcome anyone adding their name to the ballot and the club will also entertain nominations from the floor at the meeting.

 Fall Management Hive sitting in Fall LeavesGuide
We preparead this guide a few years ago but it still holds true and recommend you take a look.  There is a prediction for an especially harsh winter this year and for survivablity for your hives it is important to ensure your hives have the right resources and equipment in place to get through to spring.

Click here to access our Fall Management Guide.

Varroa Mite Management
Especially during the months of July/August you should be evaluating your colonies to determine if varroa mite treatment is required.  If you wait too until September to treat the colonies that have too many mites they will not have time to produce several cycles of non-parasitized young winter bees necessary to carry the colony to next spring. 

We've done a number of talks on the subject and you watch some videos to learn about what varroa are, how to count them, and of course treatment options.

We strongly suggest using an alcohol wash method for testing.  To learn more about that click this link.

Click on this link to go to a number of videos on varroa control.

June Meeting Recap Video
For those that attended and for those who couldn't make it, we've posted the video of Tim's Shulers advice on treatment options - http://youtu.be/OsG2QbUjsgA.

Many other club meeting Videos also available at the Club's YouTube Channel: http://www.Youtube.com/nwnjba

NWNJBA Online Calendar
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