The purpose of the Stony Kill Foundation Beekeepers Association is to learn to recognize the broad spectrum of the apiary experience by becoming a beekeeper. Regardless of your level of expertise, the goal of this group is to share apiary experiences and knowledge while mentoring or supporting each other. Topics include the anatomy, biology, and life cycle of the honeybee; different types of honeybees; disease recognition, both gross and microscopic; treatments; bee hardware construction and use; beekeeping tools such as the hive tool and smoker; pollen production and other products of the hive; apiary setup; how to obtain bees, both swarms and purchased packages, as well as installing them in the hives; creating a “beekeepers calendar”; feeding honeybees; inspection; bee lining to locate wild bees; collection, extraction, processing, and bottling honey; and, most important, gaining confidence, inner calm, and a deep appreciation of Apis mellifera, the honeybee.

Meetings are generally held every first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Learning Center or at our Bee Apiary (79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls) or online via Zoom during the pandemic. To join, become a member of the Stony Kill Foundation and indicate that you are interested in joining the beekeeping program. Membership includes attendance to all SKF Beekeepers Association meetings and use of the extractor once a year ($20 each additional use). For non-members, there is a drop-in rate of $10 per meeting. Visit our Beekeepers Association Facebook page for more info.