Renew your Membership!!


Short Course is On!!

Looks like great weather today (April 19) for working the bees. If you're in the course, you should already have directions. Have a great time!


Fill out the Winter Death Loss Survey

It's time to show our State Apiarist Tim Schuler some support. This will be the sixth year that he's requested New Jersey beekeepers to fill out a short survey on the colony losses they have incurred during the winter season from Thanksgiving to March 31st. Tim uses the data to help him determine what the best practices are for feeding and treating for mites to enable beekeepers in the state to have more success in overwintering their hives. To complete the survey, click here. The survey will be available for you to complete until April 26, 2014.

If you have the time, Tim would also like you to fill out the Bee Informed Partnership's National Colony Loss and Management survey for 2013-2014. It can be found at this site This survey data is analyzed for the entire United States. The first survey mentioned in this e-mail is for only New Jersey.

Congrats to New Club Officers

At our March 11 meeting, members elected new club officers and confirmed committee chairs. Terms of service will depend on the bylaws currently under review. Thanks to all the volunteers past and present who keep the club on track.

The Oldest Beekeeping Association in New Jersey?

In reviewing our club records, Michael Good came across our 1955 certificate of incorporation, but the club was around before then. Joe Lelinho's membership card from 2000 suggests a founding date of 1902! Could ECBS be the oldest beekeeping association in the country?

Join us on Facebook

Our new Facebook group has just been set up. If you're a member of ECBS, then come on over to the group. It should be a great place to get your Beekeeping questions answered by 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 2014 were payable as of January 1, 2014. 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 2014, thank you! 


If you haven't paid your dues, please do so now. Dues are $20 for the year for your primary branch. If you would like to be an associate member of another branch or branches in addition to your primary branch, you can do so by sending $8 to the additional branch or branches. Paying your dues in a timely fashion greatly reduces the work that our volunteer branch and state treasurers do, along with the folks that run the honey show and update the website.


Click here for the membership form to renew your membership now. If you are renewing to the new branch, Mid State, please note this clearly on the form and send your dues to Curtis Crowell at the address provided on the form. The form will be updated as soon as Mid State holds their officer elections.

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.


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