Upcoming Events

June 28--Board Meeting

July 11--Hive Inspection at 5:30pm

July 11--General Meeting at 7pm

July 26--Board Meeting

For a healthy alternative, try cooking and baking with honey! There are many recipes and substitutions available to test out in your kitchen.



Tuesday, August 8


Plumsteadville Grange
Speaker: Scott Guiser

Topic: Varroa Mites

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All apiaries in PA are required to be registered with the PA Department of Agriculture--here is the application!

2017 Beginner beekeeping course

- Marla Spivak  -

"I am fascinated by the interactions between bees.

I am fascinated by the interactions between beekeepers."

Our 2017 Beginner Beekeeping Course was a great success!!

Thank you so much to our wonderful speakers: Jim Bobb, Vince Aloyo, and Scott Guiser.

Also thank you to the BCBA Executive Board for all their efforts in making the course so great.

We look forward to seeing all the attendees at the BCBA General Meetings as they start their beekeeping adventure!

  • Eastern Apicultural Society 2017 Conference
    • July 31 - August 4
    • University of Delaware
      • The Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, Inc. (EAS) is an international nonprofit educational organization founded in 1955 for the promotion of bee culture, education of beekeepers, certification of Master Beekeepers and excellence in bee research. EAS is the largest noncommercial beekeeping organization in the United States and one of the largest in the world.
      • Every summer EAS conducts its Annual Conference consisting of lectures, workshops, vendor displays, short courses for beginning and advanced beekeepers, Master Beekeeper examinations and an annual business meeting in one of its 26 member states or provinces in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Over 400 people generally attend the conference each year. EAS publishes its newsletter, The EAS Journal, four times a year; sponsors awards to deserving bee researchers and graduate students; and offers research grants for applied research projects.
      • We will again be hosted by the University of Delaware, Clayton Hall Conference Center. Everything is in one big area from cafeteria to meeting rooms to vendors to shows and of course the program itself.
      • Presenters include: Jennifer Berry, Michael Palmer, Tom Seeley, Marla Spivak, Jay Evans (USDA), Jim Tew,Tammy Horn, Bart Smith, Maryann Frazer, Kim Flottum, Vince Aloyo.
      • We will deliver the usual excellent speakers and variety from the very practical beekeeping to the more scientific bee talks. The short course will have a beginner, an intermediate and more advanced beekeeping tracks. Conference mornings will feature our award winners and keynoters of note and the afternoon will feature several options for workshops. We will have an auction night event on Thursday and our banquet on Friday night on-site. Tours will include some of the outstanding DuPont property mansions and gardens of the area. Or stroll over to the beeyard for a look at our local colonies.
  • Bee Informed Partnership: National Colony Loss and Management Results for 2016-2017
    • Thanks to over 4,900 beekeepers this year, we have been able to track and record the loss and management practices of beekeepers for the 2016-2017 season, our 11th consecutive year. Thank you to all who have participated!
    • To view even more info including interactive maps and state-by-state results, visit https://beeinformed.org
  • Vacancy on the Board - your chance to get involved!
    • BCBA is so lucky to have an active and growing membership--but this doesn't happen all on it's own! There is currently a vacancy on the BCBA Board and we would love you to fill it! The Board meets once a month: the last Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm in Warrington. We meet to coordinate events, discuss expenditures, and brainstorm opportunities for our fellow members.
    • If you're interested, please send an email or let a Board Member know at our next meeting. We need your help to make this organization the best it can be!

There is an endless list of references for beginner and advanced beekeepers. So the saying goes, ask 5 beekeepers a question and you'll get 7 answers. Here's a place to get you started.

Every backyard beekeeper needs a place to start and a place to keep going. View our list of resources including books, supplies, videos, and more.