Sussex County Beekeeping Association 

Time to Order Bees!


Scroll down for information on nuc and package orders.

Next Member Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: The Richards Building, Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822
Laurie Gates, SCBA President, and Ralph Perry, SCBA treasurer, walk you through purchasing and assembling your new hive.
Grant Stiles, Stiles Honey, will also join us and provide instruction on how to install your bees into their new hive.

Ordering Bees

By now, you have checked your hives and assessed whether you have had any over-winter casualties. For new beekeepers, you will be looking to purchase bees to get you started!

CLICK HERE to download the SCBA Nuc/Package Order Form. Return instructions are included in the form.

Edward Andrascik, 1963-2023

Edward was an avid beekeeper and loved sharing his honey with friends, family and neighbors. He was actively involved as an Officer with New Jersey Beekeepers Association, and the Northeast New Jersey Branch. We already miss you dearly, Ed, and we'll be sure to Tell the Bees.

Let's Talk About

Varroa Destructor

Dear Fellow Sussex Beekeeper-

Keeping track of the varroa destructor levels in your hives, and treating those parasites, is paramount to your success as a beekeeper, and your bee's ability to survive the onslaught of the bee viruses the mites vector. As we've discussed, in order to accurately and simply establish mite loads, you need to perform monthly checks.  We've attached a link here to a short educational video performed by Randy Oliver, researcher and beekeeper, and author of the web page  The video is titled "Randy's Mite Wash Video". Randy's web page also offers an instructional aid on how to create your own inexpensive mite shaker. Please log on to Randy's site, use it as you wish, and feel free to make a contribution if you're so moved.
Thank you and Bee well.
Tom Makoujy, Pres.

Sussex County Beekeepers Association

Name That Masked Beekeeper

Can you recognize your club members in their full beekeeping regalia? We all have a unique way of handling our bees--a special way we waddle when being chased by our hive. Send in your photos and give others a chance to Name That Masked Member.