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Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association

A branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association serving Hunterdon and Warren Counties

Welcome to the Northwest New Jersey Beekeeper's Association

We are dedicated to promoting the general interest in the support of bee culture.  Our branch, made up of 100+ members primarily serves Hunterdon and Warren Counties.  We are one of the ten branches of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.

April Hands On Meeting 4/28

NWNJBA Mentoring Yard

Agenda

LIVE HIVE WORK
- Hive Inspections and walk through of operating hives
- Package Installation - Demonstration by installation of a package of bees
- Mite Monitoring

Date: Saturday, April 28th
Time: 11:00 - 2:00 PM
Location: NWNJBA Mentoring Yard
West Woodschurch Road
Directions / Address: See Below

Program Overview

Our first live hive work of the season, this session is open to all.  We will be opening the hives NWNJBA maintains to ensure they are in working condition and perform whatever maintenance is required.

In addition, as teaching hives, we will teach you how to read the comb, identify details within the colony and give guidance on what to do with your own hives.

During the session we will give a demonstration of how to install a package into a hive and answer any questions that one might have.

Honey Tasting

April Honey Tasting
No honey tasting is on the schedule for the live hive meetings.

The March meeting that was postponed to April featured tastings of honey from Malawi Africa and Belize.

We will pick up with our honey tasting at the next non-field meeting.

Field Work

We will be working live bees so please bring protective equipment, Gloves, Veil, Suit, or whatever you have.


In Case of Inclement Weather

If weather is going to be a factor leading up to the date of the meeting we will provide updates via email to the associations contact list.  We will also post notices here at the website if we have late breaking instructions.



Parking: Handling Weather Conditions

As that this is a field meeting it is possible that we cannot bring vehicles into the field.


Typically we open the gate to the field and let beekeepers drive in the loop road to the hives.  Sometimes the field is too wet to allow this and if so we'll provide instructions that morning to park across the street and we will all walk in.

Lawn Chairs & Food

Don't Forget a lawn chair if you want one.for the mentoring yard.  Also we do not provide hospitatlity for this meeting so please consider a snack if you need something to tide you over.


Restrooms

Please note there are no bathroom faciliites where the mentoring hives are (they are in a field). Please be sure to use the bathrooms at the Deerpath Park across the street if you require a restroom.



Round Mountain Mentoring Hives

NWNJBA Mentoring Hives - Round Hill Section of Deerpath Park

GPS Street Address: ~129 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington NJ 08822

From the Flemington Area:
- Take Route 31 north 3.7 miles from the Flemington Circle.
- Make a right onto West Woodschurch Road.  
Once on West Woodschurch follow the appropriate option below*.  

Deer path Directions from the Clinton Area:
- Take Route 31 south about 6.3 miles from Interstate 78 to the traffic light for West Woodschurch Road.
- Take the jug handle and turn left onto West Woodschurch Road. 
- Once on West Woodschurch follow the appropriate option below.*

*Options
1. Driving into the hive sites - Drive 1 mile in and turn left into the field through the gate.
2. Parking at the soccer fields* - turn right into Deer path by the YMCA and then follow the loop road to the parking lot for the soccer fields.  Walk across West Woodschurch road to the fields where the hives are present.  There is a livestock gate at the entrance of the field.

Note:
 Don't Forget a lawn chair if you want one.for the mentoring yard.
*Sometimes the fields are too wet to park on and we will need to park within in the Deer path Park complex and walk into the mentoring hives.

 

  

DIY Yellow Jacket Trap

With a recycled soda bottle and few ingredients, you can build 
A Simple Yellow Jacket Trap

This outlines the simple steps to create yellow jacket traps to place near your hives as a way to lower the population of impactful yellow jackets in your area.

Why do you need them?

Yellow Jacket Wasps will at times become predators to honey bee colonies.  Especially in fall, Putting the traps out early, in hopes of catching any queens, will lessen the number of yellow jackets throughout the year in vicinity of your hives.

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Sugar
1     Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1     Banana Peel
4     Cups Water
Simply combine together and place in bottle.

More Insight - VIDEO!

NWNJBA's Bob Kloss hosted a 20 minute presentation that gives far more insight and discussion on his experience with the use of these traps and even more recommendations.  See the video below

Yellow Jacket Trap
Presentation/Session

 

  

Supply Some Water!

IT IS TIME TO PUT WATER OUT FOR THE BEES
"Bee" good neighbors. Late January and early February is the right time to put water out for bees. A simple bucket with corks or styrofoam peanuts floating in the water will do. Put the bucket a little ways (100 feet or so is a common recommendation) away from the bees so they can discover them. Drill some holes in the sides of the bucket so the water will not overflow when it rains..

Why Now?
As bees start to find some warm days they'll be out in search of water to bring back to the hive. They will need the water to dilute honey to feed to new bees.  Give them a desireable spot now to find water on your property before they discover someone elses.
Why should you put "floaties" in the bucket?
Simple, bees don't like to get their 'feet wet. It gives them something to land on and sip in the water. 

 

  

NWNJBA NJDA Page

To our coverage of the NJ Dept. of Ag. Regulations activities > GO HERE!

What is happening with the Proposed Beekeeping Rules?

March 2018 -  The NJDA received over 1,100 letters in opposition to the proposed rules and about 20 in favor of them.


The response from the Department of Agriculture has acknowledged that the response was large and insightful and it has been shared that the secretary of agriculture acknowledge that revisions are necessary. 


The state board of agriculture, made up of representatives that have been selected from county board of agricultural representatives, represent leading commodities of the state.  


This state board has been tasked with reviewing the comments and will be working toward what comes next.  The timeframe for review was not stated but it is noted that the NJDA has returned the guidelines for keeping bees to their website in the interim while working out what comes next.


From the NJDA website it says the NJDA is reposting the Guidelines For Keeping Bees In Populated Areas during the regulatory process required by P.L. 2015 c.76.


The NJBA, and NWNJBA continue to follow what comes next and keep everyone informed accordingly.


 

  

The Officers of NWNJBA

Meet the officers of the NWNJBA.

Jim McCaulley is the NWNJBA President (second from right). Serving as first VP is Jim Schmalz (far left), J. David Waldman is the second VP (far right). Third VP is Paul Szmaida (4th from left). Barbara Hill (third from left) is our branch treasurer and Eda Schmalz (second from left) serves as the associations secretary.

In addition to the board, Mim Dunne serves as the Membership Chair and Bob Kloss oversees public relations. 

Honey Locator

Where to find local honey in your area

Looking for a source of fresh local honey?  Visit our honey locator web page to find out how to obtain local honey near you in New Jersey.

Hive Placement Requests

For those who want bees on their property.

We recieve many requests for hive placement offers on properties.  Visit to learn how to make a request and to see what is available.

Swarm Capture & Bee Removals

Working with someone to remove a swarm.

Information to identify a honey bee swarm and report it for collection and removal.  Services are also available for removal from structures.

Bee/Insect Identification

Identifying insects you'll encounter in NJ

How to tell if it is a honey bee or something else.  Learn about common insect types found in our area; their nesting habits and other information.

2017 Dec. Meeting Photos

Some shots from our December 2017 End of Year meeting and Holiday get together. 

2017 Hunterdon and Warren Fairs

Case Residence Meeting - in the Rain!.  Thanks to Tim Schuler for making the trip.
Honey Extraction, Honey Judging, Apiary and Cathedral Hive review, and good food :-) Photos from Kevin Inglin

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