Upcoming Events

SBA July meeting

July 12, 2017, 7PM

Location: Steppingstone Farm Museum

See the meetings page for more details.

Junior Beekeeping Academy with the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council

June 24, 2017

Participants aged 9 to 13yrs will learn about bees and visit an apiary. For more information and registration visit the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council. $40.

2017 Mason Dixon Fair

July 10–15, Delta PA

Apiary entries accepted on Sunday, July 9, from 5PM to 8PM. Exhibits will be released on Sunday, July 16, from 12PM to 2PM.

For more information visit their website.

SBA Honey Extraction Demonstration

July 16, 2017, 2PM

Instruction will be given on how to use extraction equipment for separating honey from the comb. This event is for both SBA members and the general public, so bring your friends and relatives. Honey samples will be provided!

Steppingstone Farm Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Rd, Havre de Grace, MD


Harford County Farm Fair

July 24–29, 2017

SBA volunteers are needed. Email susquehannabeekeepers@gmail.com to sign up.

Visit the Farm Fair website for details.

Eastern Apicultural Society Conference

July 31–August 4, 2017

University of Delaware, Newark DE

The EAS annual conference offers a wealth of opportunities to learn about bees and beekeeping.

For more information and to register, visit their website.

Intermediate Beekeeping Lessons & Practices

April 30–October 1, 2017

Intended for beekeepers who would benefit from mentored hands-on experience. Each lesson will consist of an in-depth discussion on a specific timely topic, followed by practical demonstrations in the apiary.

$25 per lesson

Location: Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC), Cockeysville

Visit the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) site for 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.

2016-2017 SBA Board Members:

Jason Rubin, President
Charles Thomas, Vice President
Charles Filburn, Secretary
Pat Endres, 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

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.

Check out the reports from our neighbors to the north, the Chester County Beekeepers Association, in their June newsletter, which includes information on an upcoming conference and educational event.

The SBA Young Beekeepers Grants were recently awarded. This year's recipients, Laura O'Leary and Noah, are featured on the young beekeepers award page. Congratulations to Noah and Laura!

Joe Lewis was recently interviewed for the Beekeepers Corner. Take a look at the YouTube video!

The 5th edition of the Tools for Varroa Management, from the Honey Bee Health Coalition, is now available.

Randy Oliver's Scientific Beekeeping articles page was recently updated, providing a rich resource for new and veteran beekeepers. His articles summarize research from dozens of peer-reviewed and largely open access sources.

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!