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.................."Helping Beekeepers in the Lehigh Valley since 1921"................
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National Honey Bee Day

August 16th, 2014


"Sustainable Gardening

Begins with Honey Bees"

Posted 1/22/14 

A rapidly mutating virus jumps from plants to Honey bees!

May be linked to colony collapse disorder! Read the whole story HERE!



February 23rd update

Read 'Nature's Corner'

Ron's latest weather predictions


Silence of the BeesIf you haven't viewed this production that was aired in the winter of 2006 or if you would like to view it again you can watch it on your computer now by clicking HERE

National Honey Board

The National Honey Board has much to offer beekeepers.   Check out

Observation Bee Hive

The Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Assoc. maintains an observation bee hive at the Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA.

In the photo at right, L.V.B.A. 2010 V. Pres., Bob Milot, explains the inner workings of the ob-hive. The photo above was taken at the Wildlands Conservancy during our Honey Bee Awareness day.





 Posted 7/8/13


APIVAR approved for use in all 50 states


Apivar has been approved now for use in beehives in all 50 states.  This treatment is based on a miticide called "amitraz" and is a new treatment.  The instructions say to remove honey stores during the 42 day treatment.  Mann Lake and Brushy Mountain Bee Farm are a distributors.


For more information, see


Posted April 4th.

2013 - Highest losses of Bees in the U.S.

Dan Rather Reports - Buzzkill, see video - HERE



Looking for some documentory films on bees?

Check out this link on

Discovery News Here


Are you new to beekeeping?


Check out our 'Library' page for a list of suggested reading material & our video library.

Beekeeping Basics - (Formerly Fundamentals of Beekeeping) - Text covers the basics of beginning beekeeping $7.50. Information on managing parasites, pests and diseases; honey production and processing; pollination; handling beeswax; pollen trapping; and a guide to important floral sources.

(on-line pdf version)* Available from Penn State Publication Distribution Center, 112 Ag. Admin. Bldg., University Park, PA 16802 Phone 814-865-6713 *(The on-line pdf version is free.




Are you thinking of selling your Honey?


Is Honey Kosher?

Click here to read the complete story.

Honey Labeling Regulations,

Info & Tips

Are you thinking of selling your honey? Do you have a label? Does it have all of the information that is requred? You can find the information you need to know about labeling Honey HERE

60 Minutes

Why are the Honey Bees Disappearing?

This 60 Minutes production is a few years old but not too old to watch again. To view Part 1 of the 60 minutes video on YouTube click HERE continue to view Part 2 HERE

If you are a grower of Bee pollinated Crops

If you are a grower of Bee pollinated crops and rent Honey Bees for their service PLEASE click HERE to read "Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides" published by: Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State.



Need an extractor? 

  Is this your first year harvesting a honey crop? If you are a mmember of L.V.B.A. you can rent the club extractor for a nominal fee and extract your honey harvest without the expence of buying one. You'll have the use of the stainless steel, manual extractor, an electric uncapping knife and a capping tub to separate and drain your cappings.

   To reserve a time slot contact:

Steve Finke @ 610-737-7676


 Hive Equipment Sterilization

A Regional Gamma Irradiation Program for PA Beekeepers

A notice from Mark Antunes...

If you plan to irradiate your American Foul Brood (AFB) infected or potentially infected equipment in the future please contact me at: honeyhillfarm@verizon.netor call me at: Hm. Ph: 215-257-7121, Cell: 484-955-0768 to make arrangements. Please see documentHEREto learn all of the details about Gamma Irradiation, preparation of equipment and costs.


View the 'Dan Rather' video - "Bee Aware"



Pennsylvania has 3 new Master Beekeepers!


Our new Master Beekeepers are:

Frank Licata;  Monroe County, Warren Graham; Chester Cnty.,  Andrew Jones; Huntingdon Cnty.  


Congratulations to all of you!



October, 2012


The bill to amend the Food Safety Act, House Bill 2565, was signed into law by the governer of PA.  It exempts honey producers who process and sell all their honey from one premise from registrations.   It does not exempt the producers from inspections.  Read the text of the bill Here.

First Beehives from Biblical Israel discovered!

Archaeologists find remains of Honey Bees from 3,000 years ago!

Read the complete story here