Upcoming Events

SBA July meeting

July 11, 2018, 7PM
LOCATION: Steppingstone Farm Museum

Zac Lamas: Fall Hive Management

See the meetings page for more details.

Mason Dixon Fair

July 9–14, 2018; Delta, PA

Apiary Products and Bake with Honey Contest entries can be submitted at the fairgrounds July 8, 5PM–8PM.


Download pdfs of Apiary Product Rules and Bake with Honey Rules

Maryland Agricultural Resource Council Intermediate Beekeeping Course

April 29, 2018–September 30, 2018 (Sundays) 11AM–2PM

Instruction and hands-on lessons for intermediate beekeepers, covering a full season of beekeeping.

See the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council site for more information and to register.


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.

2017-2018 SBA Board Members:

Jason Rubin, President
Charles Thomas, Vice President
Charles Filburn, Secretary
Doug Shuman, 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

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

Harry Dutcher's presentation on Varroa Management (May 2018) is available on the past speakers page.

Locally relevant and informative posters created by young beekeepers working on capstone projects with SBA members are available on the Young Beekeeper Grant page.

At the April SBA meeting, long-time colleague Ed Yoder was presented with a Longevity Award and Lifetime Membership. Ed started keeping bees at age 11 and has been a beekeeper for approximately 75 years!! He is recognized for his extensive knowledge as well as his concern for local environmental issues. The SBA is very fortunate to have a beekeeper with this kind of expertise, a true Harford County treasure. Congratulations to Mr. Yoder!

A recent story in the Economist discusses Bee Health Guru, an app that profiles sounds emitted by a honeybee colony to determine its health status.

Winners of the 2018 Young Beekeepers Grant have been announced. For more information see the Young Beekeeper Grant page.

From WAMU: Pollinator: Judgement day. How to make sure your honey is real

The Baltimore Sun's Harford Magazine recently profiled several SBA beekeepers, including Lloyd Snyder, John Knapstein, Jane Kulh, Drew Denton, Jason Rubin, and Alan Cohen. Take a look at the article (and photos) here!

The Dyce Lab at Cornell hosts several fantastic beekeeping resources, including a calendar for the northeast US.

A recent editorial in Science magazine is creating quite a buzz . . . the authors suggest that bees are best perceived as agricultural animals and that the effects of their interaction with native plants and animals are not always positive.

Joe Lewis discusses use of the JZs BZs Plastic Queen Cage in a recent article available here and on our page of articles written by SBA members.

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. Newly posted is Joe Lewis' article on the JZs BZs queen cage.

Bee Informed, Sentinel Apiary, and Hive Scales

Susquehanna Beekeepers participate in The Bee Informed Partnership, The Sentinel Apiary Project, and the Hive Scale Program. Click on the photo to check out our hive!