Upcoming Events

SBA Summer Picnic

RESCHEDULED! to August 8, 2019, 6:00PM

Location: Drew and Jane's place (see email for details)

Harford Farm Fair

July 22 to July 27, 2019

Entries due July 21

More information at www.farmfair.org.

Maryland State Fair

August 22 to September 2, 2019

Entries due August 20-21

Volunteers are needed on August 28 to help with honey sales. Check your email for details.

More information at www.marylandstatefair.com.


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

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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

SBA apiary entries did well at the at 2019 Mason Dixon fair, with several SBA members entering exhibits. Donna Martin was awarded Apiary Grand Champion for her excellent block of bees wax, and also took first place in the Baking with Honey contest.

Remember that the SBA has honey extractors available for members to borrow! take advantage of this amazing benefit by calling John Knapstein (410-692-9823/443-567-2824) to reserve.

Thanks to Dennis Hertzog for sharing this photo of a bee on a Beebee tree!

Several SBA members, including Doug Shuman, Rita Kryglik, Harry Dutcher, and Jane Kuhl, gave a presentation on July 23 at Steppinstone, titled "Honey Bees and You: A Brief History if Bees, What Honey Bees Do, What Beekeepers Do, and What You Can Do for Honey Bees." More photos of this event can be seen here.

Interestingly, it appears that bees can discern each other's age and rank by scent, as reported in a recent article.

The EPA is banning twelve products containing harmful pesticides. Listen to the story here.

Pat Endres, SBA member, shared photos and a video of his "Tower of Power," a hive started from a swarm last fall that has turned into a major producer. Photos and a video here.

'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.

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.

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.