About UsPresident's Message
The York County Beekeepers Association was established in 1919 by a few beekeepers and has grown to a membership of over 180. We have a thriving community with a range of experience from newbees waiting for their first bees all the way up to the commercial level who provide pollination services for local orchards and farms and travel to California for almonds and Maine for blueberry crops. We also have commercial and smaller honey producers, suppliers of beekeeping equipment and products, and those who raise and sell local queens and bees.
Our focus is on education and every meeting has speakers from many areas of interest in beekeeping from around the globe. We have a mentorship program available to members, geared especially to newbees who want someone with experience to help guide them through the process of working in their hives. Volunteers all around the county make themselves available for this endeavor.
We also have members who teach beekeeping classes, volunteer for public events to educate the general public like the PA Garden Show, Herb Festival, Codorus Blast and the York Fair. Our members have spoken at York Rotary, The Jewish Community Center, Girl Scouts, public schools, day care centers and church groups this past year (2014).
We started and continue to support an initiative to raise local bees who have survived winter by encouraging members to split and either sell or give away "Nuc" boxes of overwintered local bees and queens. The bees have had a rough time of it for many years with varroa and tracheal mites, viruses, small hive beetle and wax moth resulting in tremendous losses. They don't need the added stress of being shipped hundreds of miles, crammed in a box with a queen who may or may not be effective in her job of laying eggs. We have experienced upwards of 40% losses from the packaged bees, a rate which is unacceptable, especially with the other issues they face. Survivor stock, we hope, may help with this.
Please check our meeting schedule and feel welcome to join us, we would love to have you!
Our MissionThe York County Beekeepers' Association is a non-profit, voluntary association of beekeepers and others interested in honey bees, bee products and pollination. It strives to increase awareness of the vital importance of honey bees and to promote responsible beekeeping in York County.
Who joins YCBA?
Anyone interested in promoting and learning about honeybees can join! Our members include commercial, sideline, and hobby keepers as well as non-beekeepers who share our fascination with bees.
What does YCBA do?
Our organization promotes the vital importantance of honey bees and responsible in the following ways:
Holds monthly meetings every fourth Thursday to discuss topics of interest, share information and generally socialize with other bee enthusiasts. All meetings are open to the public. No meetings October-December. Offers educational courses designed to provide the basic concepts and management practices for maintaining hives. Provides books and magazines in our members library. Members may sign out books and magazines on beekeeping to further educate themselves. Provides access to an extensive number of local resources.
Where does YCBA meet?
Our meetings are held at Penn State York in the Ruhl Community Center room at 1031 Edgecomb Ave, York, PA 17403 Click here for directions.
How do I join YCBA?
Everything you need is right here. You can print and mail the membership form and payment, or register and pay on line. Either way, you will be glad you became a member of the York County Beekeepers' Association!