March Newsletter 2019

The ECBS Website

ECBS had a website redesign some time ago, but since then we’ve welcomed many new members. I’d like to take a moment to provide you with a reference guide that links to each page and explains its function.

  • Who We Are – This includes ECBS’ mission statement, a link to the NJBA state site and Department of Agriculture apiary registration, information on the Essex County Environmental Center, and digitally enhanced historical documents.

  • Officers – A listing of all current board members and their emails.

  • Sign Up – A direct link to the NJBA Wild Apricot portal where you can manage your membership and member information.

  • Announcements – ECBS may occasionally have an event or time-sensitive information that requires more attention than normal. In addition to customary email communication, that information can also be found on this page.

  • Newsletter – The last few newsletters can always be found here.

  • Group Photos – Members may submit their photos of keeping bees for all to see. We encourage everyone to share their experiences.

  • Document Archive – All documents from the last few months can be found here, including, but not limited to: speaker presentations, minutes, newsletters, and order forms.

  • Answers – Occasionally we have a member who submits an interesting article or authors one. You may find these fascinating publications, as well as member submitted bee questions, on this page.

  • Calendar – A list of our upcoming meetings, their locations, speakers and times.

  • Concerns – If you’d like to submit feedback on how the chapter functions, this is where you may do so.

  • Mentorship – To join the mentorship program, either as a mentor or apprentice, this form must be completed.

  • Questions – Bee questions, event questions, or other general inquiries may be submitted here.

  • Short Course – This link is available to direct visitors to the next short course.

-Justin Luna, Director of Communication


Welcome to New Beekeepers!

We affectionately refer to you as newbees. You have forged through two days of classes so I hope you are ready to continue learning this most rewarding craft. This is a thinking man's hobby. OK, I write 'man' but I admit that some of our best beekeeprs are women. It is just an expression. Regardless, it truly is for thinkers. You will understand what I mean when you go to your bees with a plan someday, not far off, only to change course according to the bees.


On behalf of ECBS, WE invite you to our next meeting, Tuesday March 12th at 7 p.m. We enjoy the bees and we appreciate our club. We are here to help each other. I can say with a certainty that further involvement can only help you in managing your bees. Bee on time too. We will have pizza on hand for the start.


I want you to know that these meetings are designed for YOU! We have a wide variety of members with just as wide an interest in beekeeping. Ultimately though it is the bees that captivate our interest and time. I am certain that Landi drilled home how important it is to understand the mite problem and how to treat bees for mites. Learning is doing... so come to ask questions now. The bees actually need you!


It may sound bewildering at first since there is more to know than just about bees. We have a great resource in our club run by member, Ron Jacobs. You must meet Ron. He keeps all sorts of mite treatments available for us at cost just so we have ready access to them. This way you do not need to buy supplies for 10 or more hives when you only have just one or two. We need good beekeepers for the sake of all of our bees and we need competent beekeepers, so we reflect well on society.


We will find you assistance in the way you need it. Only you must attend and then ask. We just happen to be having a great speaker coming to this meeting. John Gaut will talk to us about raising queens. You learned that the queen is the most important bee in your colony. Allow me to be a contrarian. It is not until you see your queen as just another bee for you to be in a position to help your hive. Now think! The first most difficult concept for a new beekeeper to act on is an immediate decision to replace their queen. How does one know?


Besides, raising queens is a fascinating aspect of beekeeping. ECBS is one of, if not the, oldest club in NJ. Don't let the name Essex County limit your horizons. We are home to many out of county members and some of the best beekeepers in the entire state. Some members hold dual club affiliations too. One can join any club then add additional clubs for $8. Looking forward to meeting you on March 12th in Garibaldi Hall, 7 pm.


- Michael Frey, President