Upcoming Events

SBA March meeting

March 14, 2018, 7PM
LOCATION: Fallston United Methodist Church

Samuel Ramsey: Unlocking the mysteries of the Varroa mite

See the meetings page for more details.

Beekeeping short course

March 2, 2018–April 13, 2018 (Fridays) 7PM–9PM

$50 per person. More information on the Classes and Workshops page.

Chester County Beekeepers Association 2018 Beekeeping Conference

March 10, 2018 8AM–5PM

Invited speakers, lunch, and more!

Visit the CCBA website for details 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

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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

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!

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.

The common New Zealand Christmas Tree, or Pohutukawa, begins its blooming cycle in early December. Photo was recently taken in Devonport on NZ's north island by SBA member Dennis Hertzog.

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.

Got honey? Members can take advantage of the SBA Honey Extraction Equipment Loan Program. Contact John Knapstein at (410) 692-9823 to schedule equipment pickup. Extractors, uncapping knives and tubs, and strainers are available.

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!