Upcoming Events

SBA April meeting

April 10, 2019, 7:00PM

Charlie Thomas, Brad Luff, and Harry Dutcher: How to Prevent and Catch a Swarm

Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Room 132

See the meetings page for more details.

Steppingstone Opening Day Celebration

April 6, 2019 1PM–5PM

Bring the family and experience hands-on rural farm life including sheep, goats, chickens, and cows. In addition, we will also have a Blacksmith, Woodsmith, and Wheelwright, and our historic Farm House will be open. FREE and FUN for the whole family!

Bee biology class for SBA members

April 6, 2019, 9AM–12PM

EAS Master Beekeeper Larry Truchon will talk to SBA members about bee biology in the Steppingstone Farm Museum Studio Building. Check your email for information and the link to sign up.

SBA club apiary opening and cleanup

April 13, 10AM cleanup, 11AM apiary

Steppingstone Farm Museum apiary

Bring trimmers and cutting tools

Beekeeping course, 7 sessions

March 1, 2019 through April 20, no class March 22, 7PM—9PM

Offered through Harford Community College. Fee $60.

More information on the courses page


Join the SBA! Learn about member benefits here.

Current members: there are 52 (at least) ways for you to commit just a little or just a little more of your time and talents to the club! You'll have no trouble finding where you fit in.

2018-2019 SBA Board Members:

Jason Rubin, President
Charles Thomas, Vice President
Douglas Shuman, Secretary
Jason Rosenzweig, Treasurer
Harry Dutcher, Past President

Contact us!

Contact the webkeeper

Photo credits throughout: Dennis Hertzog, Brian Greenlee, Todd Cichonowicz

The goal of the SBA is to educate association members and the public about honeybees, beekeeping and related arts, to provide a resource for established beekeepers, to aid new beekeepers in bee management techniques, to inform the public about the value of honeybees, and to promote beekeeping in general!

SBA apparel is now available. Check out the Bee Board for details.

Watch this space for updates and special announcements

'tis the season! Harry Dutcher's Swarm Seducer presentation from the April meeting is available for download here and on the past speaker presentations page.

Young beekeeper grants were awarded to Malinah, Emma, Michael, Braeden, Blake, and Zoe (not pictured). Congratulations! Anyone interested in mentoring one of these new beekeepers, please contact Jason Rubin.

Jason Rubin's Bee-minder notes for each SBA meeting will now be posted on the website. The Bee-minder page is linked from the meetings page, as well.

One of our young beekeepers is doing research for his senior project, and would like SBA members to complete a survey about bottom board configurations and mites. Please download and complete the survey, if you haven't already.

Recordings of the talks given by young beekeepers at the October meeting are now available. Check out this page to listen to updates from these talented folks.

Hearty congratulations to one of our "Young Beekeepers," Lina Goetz! She won "Senior Champion" at this year's Harford County Farm Fair 4-H division for her jar of honey. She also took a 1st place ribbon for her bees wax candles. EXCELLENT JOB!!

A new version of the Honeybee Health Coalition Tools for Varroa Management is available and is linked from the science/bees page.

Learn from your fellow bee (keepers)

Explore resources from SBA members and meeting speakers, including articles and videos about bees and beekeeping, in the two sections under 'keeping bees,' above.

Bee Informed, Sentinel Apiary, and Hive Scales

Susquehanna Beekeepers participate in The Bee Informed Partnership, The Sentinel Apiary Project, and the Hive Scale Program.