Celebrating 100 years of
York County beekeeping


Celebrating 100 years of
York County beekeeping


bee dot 1Association Officers

President - Gary Anderson:  Gary has been keeping honey bees for the last three seasons and currently maintains eight hives on his farm near Lake Redman.  As a hobby beekeeper Gary enjoys all aspects of beekeeping and his yearly goal is to have his bees alive and well in the Spring so he can continue to expand the apiary.

 Vice-President - Chris Smith:  Chris has been a beekeeper for six years now and are currently managing 11 hives with his wife Jody in the Spring Grove and Hanover areas.  His beekeeping journey began as a request from his wife because of a lackluster garden due to lack of pollination.  Not looking forward to it, he plowed forward and bought the equipment and bees to get started with two hives.  After a season of dressing up in his insulated Carhart one-piece in the middle of summer (and yet somehow still getting stung), he gained a little experience and a level of comfort enough to get past the fear and to start working bees in a more natural fashion. Over the next few years that comfort turned into interest and eventually into a passion for honeybees.  He is also a member of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association.  Chris’s other hobbies include archery hunting, education/learning, travelling the world, and snorkeling.     

Treasurer - John Shaffer:   John is a hobby beekeeper who usually has two or three hives in his backyard in Spring Garden Township. He has been a member of YCBA for six years. He enjoys working with his bees and supplying neighbors, friends and family with the honey his bees produce. Other interests of his are helping his wife Terri with their garden, which has been turning into a pollinator garden for the last five years. He also enjoys reading about European history and war history in particular.        

Secretary - Celia Berkstresser: Celia is entering her fifth year as a beekeeper and maintains hives in Mt. Wolf and various locations throughout the City of York. While spending time at the hives is her favorite aspect of beekeeping, she dabbles in crafts related to honey/wax and enjoys learning about native plants to add to her pollinator garden. An educator at heart, Celia frequently gives honey bee presentations to children of all ages.

Librarian - Joyce Wilder:  Joyce followed her son, John, into beekeeping 8 years ago.  She keeps 3 hives and 6 chickens in the borough of New Cumberland.  (Yes, in Cumberland County!)  Having "Town" bees is an advantage, as there are a great variety of flowering plants always available.  As a retired educator, she enjoys giving power point talks to garden clubs, retirement homes, and civic organizations.  Her talks often include a honey extraction demo and always include popular honey tasting.  She enjoys gardening and reading.  Thus, being the club librarian is an assignment she greatly enjoys.  Donations of bee related books and magazines are welcomed.  

Email Correspondent - Nancy Nolton (a.k.a., Waggle Dancer):  A beekeeper since 2015, Nancy has acquired an immense enthusiasm for apiary increase which is contagious... so beware or you may find yourself with more bees than equipment!  Nancy enjoys sharing and compiling information included in our club emails, overseeing the club’s website (with assistance of Tiffany Ayres) and contributing to posts on the club’s Facebook page. Nancy is a believer in sustainable beekeeping and has not purchased additional bees since her first package and nuc and frequently has over 45 hives at peak season. She frequently overwinters anywhere from 9 to 32 hives successfully! If you ever have queen cells you don’t need give her a call! Mentoring and assisting others increase their knowledge of beekeeping is yet another passion.

Beekeeping 101 Instructors: 

  • Sam Albright - The beginning of Windy Hill Apiaries began in 2013 when Sam and his wife Barb purchased two nucs from the Jarrod's in Dover.  With the survival of those nucs and additions of VSH queens, the apiary has continued to grow over the last four years.  Going into this Winter of 2017 they have a total of 10 hives.  Four of those hives are located at Heartwood Nursery where Sam has led beginner beekeeper seminars.  Sam has taught YCBA Beginner Beekeeping Classes since 2017.
  •  Nancy Nolton - Nancy’s uncle kept bees and she remembers his bees swarming. She has loved insects and gardening ever since. Starting with a nuc and a package in 2015 upon retirement, Nancy only purchases new queens for genetic diversity or hygienic behavior traits. Since organizing the York County Queen and Nuc Initiative several years ago she now focuses her attention to having local nucs for sale in early April and local queens later in the season. She loves one-on-one mentoring but saw a huge need for shared knowledge so has added Beekeeping 101 classes to her endeavors to help others become sustainable and knowledgeable beekeepers.
  • Mark Gingrich - Mark is the owner of Gingrich Apiaries, LLC in Dover, PA where he manages in excess of 250 colonies for pollination, production of honey and queen rearing. He is currently one of three that is recognized by the YCBA as a Master Beekeeper. He is vice president of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, Co-Chair for the Pennsylvania Queen Bee Improvement Project, Lifetime member of the Eastern Apiculture Society, Member of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture apiary advisory board, stake holder in the COMB project, the Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan (P4), and instructor at the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education and various PSU Extension outlets.

Past Presidents - Julia Kurtz, Jeremy Barnes, Coral Glosser


bee dot 1Assocation Bylaws

Download a pdf copy of the York County Beekeepers Assocation Bylaws.


bee dot 1President's Message

Message coming soon from Gary Anderson our new 2018 President.

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