Upcoming Events

SBA August meeting

August 10, 2016 7PM

Oxalic Acid Vaporizer demonstration

July 24, 10AM at the SBA Club Apiary (Steppingstone Farm Museum)

Equipment and supplies will be explained and demonstrated for varroa mite treatment with oxalic acid. Bring appropriate safety equipment including bee veil and tick/insect repellant.

2016 Harford County Farm Fair is July 28–31.

Exhibitor pre-registration deadline is July 15th. Entry drop-off is July 27th, 11AM–6PM

The SBA will have a booth in the Artisan Village. SBA members are needed to staff the booth! please contact the club to volunteer. Fair entry pass will be provided to volunteers.

Beekeeping Events at Steppingstone Farm Museum

Open to the public!

Beekeeping Introduction Presentation: August 21st at 1PM in the Studio building

Intermediate Beekeeping Lessons

May-Sept, next session July 31, 2016

This is a series of standalone classes offered by CMBA and MARC, for those with some beekeeping experience.

For more information or to sign up for one or more sessions, see the Maryland agricultural resource council page.

Eastern Apicultural Society 2016 conference

July 25-29, 2016, Stockton University, NJ (near Atlantic City)

Over 110 lectures and open apiary sessions!

Download flyer here

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

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!

Watch this space for updates and special announcements

We have a new page, for those who want to buy, sell, or give away bee-related equipment. The Bee Board is a great place to advertise anything that you have, small or large, to sell or give away. Contact the webkeeper with anything you'd like to post.

SBA projects to increase pollinator-friendly plants include BeeBee tree cultivation and the SBA seed programs. BeeBee trees are now available! contact Dennis Hertzog for information.

The lending library is up and running. Available materials include a wide variety of books and DVDs, available for member checkout.

Seasonal information

If you're doing any extracting, you're spending a lot of time thinking about honeycomb. While nobody has asked the bees WHY they make hexagons, this very nice article in Scientific Reports gives a good overview of how the bees might accomplish this feat!

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. In particular, look at the set of columns by Mryl Stone (CCBA) on varroa research and management.

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!