Renew your membership for 2017!

Beginning Beekeeping

Did you get beekeeping equipment as a gift this holiday sesaon? Been meaning to learn to keep bees as a New Year's resolution? Learn all you need to know at the ECBS beekeeping short course.

Three Day Short Course: Saturdays, February 18 & 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Garibaldi Hall, Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068 plus a Field Day in April, 2017 TBA at various area apiaries.

Presented by the Essex County Beekeepers Society, a branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, with head instructor/coordinator Master Beekeeper Landi Simone.

This class covers everything you need to know from purchasing  equipment to harvesting honey. Basics of disease and mite management will be covered. Scholarships for this course are available for full-time students ages 12-22. Fee: $155 per person includes NJBA membership in a chapter of your choice, class materials, continental breakfast, and afternoon snack.

For more information contact registrar Pat Gamsby at BJORNLASS@AOL.COM or 973 396-8996. E-mail is the best means of reaching Pat. Click here to register.

Register your hives!

It is time to renew your apiary registration. Everyone who keeps bees in New Jersey needs to do this annually. 

You need to update your information, check the appropriate boxes for nuc sellers, queen producers, swarm collectors, Pollinators and new this year you can check a box if you want your bee yard information to be shared with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Pesticide Control solely for the purpose of requesting that you be notified, pursuant to NJAC 7:30-9.11, when certain pesticide applications are made near your bee yard/yards. This will take the place of beekeepers registering on the DEP pesticide control program. If you do not update this information you will not be included on these lists.
In order to do this you need your AIS number and last name. If you don't know or remember your AIS number please e-mail me at and I will get it for you.
Please go here; type in your last name and AIS number and all your information will populate the form. Then you make whatever changes need to be made.  


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.


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