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Beekeeping Club

Chatham Community Beekeeping Club Meeting: Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Library of the Chathams

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!

The Chatham Community Beekeeping Club will be meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 10:30 am to noon at the Library of the Chathams (214 Main St., Chatham) in the Benigno Room (in the basement). The members will discuss plans for 2023.  

This is also an opportunity for those interested in learning about beekeeping and about our community bee yard.  No prior beekeeping experience is required to attend the meeting.  The club maintains “cooperative” hives that are tended by all club members and provide a great learning experience. It is important that anyone who currently maintains a hive(s) at the community bee yard, or who would like to do so, attend the meeting.  Current members: if you are unable to attend, please send an email to the below address.

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Bruce A. Harris, Member

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  The Chatham Community Beekeeping Club provides an opportunity for those interested in learning about beekeeping and about our community bee yard. No prior beekeeping experience is required to attend the meeting.

The club maintains one or more “cooperative” hives that are tended by all club members and provide a great learning experience.

The Chatham Community Beekeeping Club is the result of a collaboration between Former Mayor Bruce A. Harris and local beekeepers Albert and Valerie Tomaro. Mr. Harris had long been interested in finding a way people could help address the catastrophe facing honey bees, whose pollinating activities contribute to 1/3 of our food supply. He met the Tomaros at Chatham’s Green Fair in September of 2013, and asked if they would help form a beekeepers club for those who were interested in becoming beekeepers but did not want to have their own hive. They agreed, and in February 2014 a dozen people attended an organizational meeting. They agreed to establish two co-op hives (i.e. members would share in hive ownership), and other persons expressed an interest in locating their own hives at the garden site, which is on the Borough’s conservation lands east of River Road. Currently there are about 15 hives, most of which are owned by individual Club members.

The Club provides a great way for those interested to get an introduction to beekeeping by working on the co-op hives with Club members, and by assisting those Club members who have their own hives with beekeeping activities. Most Club members eventually take a formal beekeeping course (Rutgers and some chapters of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association offer courses), which goes well with the hands-on experience gained at the bee yard.  In addition, many members also belong to the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, which holds regular meetings, educational sessions and conferences.  For more information visit its website:  www.njbeekeepers.org

Since beekeeping activities depend on the weather, the Club does not have a regular meeting schedule. If you are interested in getting involved, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The best time to join is the winter, so that you can get ready for hive management activities, which begin in the early spring.