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March 2018 Meeting

March's meeting will cover Oxalic Acid Vaporization as a miticide.

Feeding Supplement

Many people at meetings have asked about feeding supplements beyond sugar syrup. Here is Landi Simone's "secret" recipe:

Gooserock Farm Feeding Supplement

(Makes about a gallon)

10 c. water

5# sugar

1 Tbsp. soy lecithin flakes

1/3 c. lemongrass essential oil

1/3 c. spearmint essential oil

2/3 c. Crafters choice emulsifying wax (0.4#) (from   www.wholesalesupplies.com)

 Bring the water to a boil and blend in the lecithin using a stick blender under dissolved.  Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.

 At the same time, melt the e-wax.  You can either do this in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave in short 30 second intervals.  When melted, add the e-wax and the essential oils to the sugar mixture.  Blend well with the stick blender until thoroughly dissolved.  Cool.  You may want to beat again after the mixture has cooled.

 Use 1/3 cup per 5 gallons of sugar syrup.

Club Extractor

In addition to bulk purchases of supplies like miticides, beetle traps, etc., the club has recently acquired an extractor and other equipment for member use on a first come, first served basis (and with a signature on our loan agreement.)

Talk to Ron Jacobs at a meeting if you have an idea for supplies that our members can share.

It's All About Timing!

Click here for Landi Simone's presentation on the timing necessary for successful beekeeping. Great Info!

Keeping Bees in Mediums

Due to popular demand, we're making Landi Simone's presentation on how to use only mediums in your operation available here.


Check out the Newsletters page for current and past newsletters from the club president.

Join us on Facebook

If you're a member of ECBS, come on over to our Facebook group. It's a great place to connect with fellow members.

The page is a moderated, private group available only to members.

Join us here or search for Essex County Beekeepers Association (NJ) on Facebook.

Who We Are

 Become a Member Today!

The Essex County Beekeepers Society, Inc. is an independent branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.  It is a regional organization of anywhere from 30 to 50 bee hobbyist, sideliners (fewer than 300 hives) and commercial beekeepers & honey producers. Our members generally reside in and around Essex county - although membership is not limited to this region of the state.

Dues in the Association for the calendar year 2016 were payable as of January 1, 2016. To be a member in good standing and participate in the honey show, listings on the swarm and product pages, receive the state newsletter, emails from the Association and vote in our elections and other matters at general membership meetings, we need your dues to be current. If you have already paid your dues for 2016, thank you.


What We Do

The purpose of our Society is to (1) foster and promote the art of apiculture in New Jersey, (2) to educate residents of the Garden State about the state insect, the honey bee, and its vital role in agriculture, (3) to produce bees and honey and related products, and (4) to simply share and enjoy our fabulous and fun-filled pursuit of raising and caring for honey bees.

Our members, beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike, work, cooperate and support each other in promoting beekeeping and related activities. Our members mentor new beekeepers, hold periodic social and business meetings to share experiences and ideas, and provide educational opportunities for schools and the public at large.


  Silence of the Bees