Upcoming Events

SBA September meeting

September 13, 2017, 7PM
Steppingstone Farm Museum

Lloyd Snyder: Hive preparation for winter

See the meetings page for more details.

3rd annual Enviro-Fair

September 19, 2017, 10AM–2PM

Aberdeen Proving Ground Recreation Center

Looking for volunteers for the APG Enviro-fair! Pollution prevention and recycling is the underlying theme of this event. This is a fun fair, with giant balloons, bingo, refreshments, music, animal exhibits, and more.

Check your email for details on how to sign up.

Fall Harvest and Crafts Festival

September 23–24, 2017

Steppingstone Farm Museum

See apple cider pressing and butter making, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, hayrides, craft vendors, demonstrations of historical trades, live bluegrass music, food, kids' activities and more!

The SBA will be demonstrating candle making and talking about bees. Volunteers needed. Check your email for details on how to sign up.

Beekeeping Introduction course

November 18, 9AM–12PM.

$10 per person

Harford Community College

To register go to the course catalog and search for Beekeeping Introduction

More details on the classes and workshops page

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

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.

Maryland State Fair visitors, including Governor Hogan, enjoyed honey and more while visiting with beekeepers. Thanks to all volunteers who helped with this and other events!

Some interesting observations on thermogregulation and humidity in winter bee hives challenge common beliefs about ventilating hives.

The book, Better Queens, by Jay Smith is available on the Bush Bees website and is a terrific reference for anyone interested in rearing queens.

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!