Upcoming Events

SBA October Meeting
October 12, 7PM

Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D., Master Beekeeper

Pheromones: Communication and control elements within a colony

Details on the meetings page

Harford County Agricultural Grant Program for 2017

HARCO is accepting applications for projects that support HARCO agriculture.

More details and application materials on their website

Hive check at the club apiary at Steppingstone Farm Museum

October 16, 2016, 11AM

We will evaluate the hives and check for varroa mites

MSBA Honey Judging Class

October 29, 2016 9AM-4PM, $45

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel

More information at the Maryland State Beekeepers Association website

Maryland State Beekeepers Association Meeting and Honey Show

November 12, 2016, 9AM-4PM
Maryland Department of Agriculture

More information at the Maryland State Beekeepers Association website

Beekeeping Introduction course at Harford Community College

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9AM-12PM. $10

This class, presented by the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association, will explain the equipment needed, how to start a hive, and even tell you how to make your own equipment.

More details on the classes and workshops page.

Honey Tasting at Victorian Holiday Faire at Steppingstone Farm Museum

November 25 & 26, 2016, 11AM-4PM

The SBA will be offering several varieties of honey samples to visitors

Volunteers needed—contact SFM at 410-939-2299

SBA Holiday Party

December 14, 2016, 7PM

Honey vendors needed for the Elkton Farmers Market

The market is open Thursdays and Fridays from 2PM–6PM and Saturdays from 8AM to 12PM, April 1st to October 31. Contact Suzette Jackson for details.


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.

2015-2016 SBA Board Members:

Harry Dutcher, President
Charles Thomas, Vice President
Rita Kryglik, Secretary
Pat Endres, Treasurer
Dennis Hertzog, Past President

Aileen Richards, newsletter editor

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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

This hive-point-of-view video of incoming foragers, from Todd Cichonowicz, must be seen. Check it out on YouTube or on our page with other gems from our members.

Cybil Preston's dog, Mac, is nationally famous for his foulbrood-sniffing skills, as this NPR article attests.

Bulk fondant purchase: It's not just for cakes! fondant can be a valuable food source for bees, particularly in winter months. If there is sufficient interest, the SBA will make a bulk purchase of 50lb blocks of fondant. Sign up at the September meeting (minimum order 25lbs).

As Zika virus awareness grows, so does community-level mosquito spraying. For information on Maryland Mosquito Control Program see the Maryland Department of Agriculture site.

The American Honeybee

While all of the honey bees currently in the US are (most likely) non-native species, there is evidence that a honey bee, now extinct, was in the US prior to the introduction of the European bees. A 2009 paper reports fossil evidence for what could be our only native bee.

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 Todd Cichonowicz's time lapse bee video, which must be seen to be believed!

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!