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The Class is now FULL.

Introduction to Beekeeping Class


The LVBA will again be offering an Introduction to Beekeeping Class this spring to get new beekeepers or anyone interested in helping our honey bees get up to speed.  We'll be meeting on four Wednesday nights (Feb 8 & 22 and March 8 & 22) at the Rothrock Library on the campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA.  We will also make a trip to our club apiary on the LCCC campus to work with some live colonies in late March.  The sessions will cover different topics each week including honey bee biology and colony structure, choosing the right hive, a year in the life of a beekeeper, diseases and pests and how to handle them, "Green Beekeeping" techniques, and a review of all the hive products that you will enjoy.  You will also learn about the options for reserving your bees and getting the right hardware and clothing for you to get started in the spring.

See the brochure linked below for all the details and click on the registration form link to print it out and send along with your payment.   The class is $65 for adults with reduced rates for younger people and students.  Refreshments and handouts are included.

The Introduction to Beekeeping Class is now FULL so we have closed registration.  Send us a message if you are still interested in a class...perhaps we can direct you to a class at another club.

To order Nucs or Package Bees for spring 2017, click this link:

Package Bees & Nucs


 Need an extractor?

Is this your first year harvesting a honey crop? If you are a member of L.V.B.A. you can rent the club extractor for a nominal fee ($20) and extract your honey harvest without the expense of buying one. You'll have the use of the stainless steel, manual extractor, an electric uncapping knife and a uncapping tub to separate and drain your cappings. A filter and bottling bucket are included too. You just need the bottles for your honey.

To reserve a time slot contact:

Steve Finke @ 610-737-7676




Dennis Keeney



see Archives page for Dennis' complete obituary


National Honey Board

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

  Looking for some documentaries 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).



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

 Silence of the Bees 


If 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


Posted 4/4/14.

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

Dan Rather Reports - Buzzkill, see video - HERE

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!


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.

A Regional Gamma Irradiation Program for PA Beekeepers

UPDATE for 2017

Irradiation project set for Monday, March 13, 2017

 The LVBA recommends that you irradiate any old equipment that you have found or bought to be sure it's not infected with American Foulbrood spores (which can lay dormant for 70 years or more). This service is organized by Mark Antunes and usually takes place in mid-March.  

The LVBA will be consolidating equipment from members and sending it all down together.  Cost is typically about $9-10 per deep hive box (much cheaper than burning the equipment and starting over).


   If you plan to irradiate old, used beekeeping equipment, please check with the LVBA leadership on a possible trip.

You can find more information and a great video about the irradiation program HERE: 

 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!

 First Beehives from Biblical Israel discovered!

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

Read the complete story here

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


Also see our REGISTRATIONS page.

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.