Southeast Alabama Beekeepers Association

Welcome to our website.  SEABA is
comprised of local beekeepers from
several surrounding counties and is
located in beautiful Coffee County.  
Meetings are held the first
Thursday of every month at 7 pm
at the Coffee County Extension
office in New Brockton, Alabama.  
Everyone is welcome to attend the
meeting where we discuss
problems, successes, upcoming
events, education, and helpful
information dealing with honeybees
and beekeeping.
President - Tim Faulkner

Vice President - Al Liepins

Secretary/Treasurer - Phyllis Wilson
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7:00 PM.

1055 E. McKinnon St., New Brockton,AL
Honey bees have five eyes; three
small ones on top of their head and
two large ones up front.
Berries in Light Honey

Makes about 10 half-pint
jars.  Will keep up to a

8 baskets raspberries
4 baskets blackberries
5 cups water
½ cup honey
½ cup evaporated cane
juice (or other sugar)
10 - 12 squat half-pint
canning jars, with caps
and rings

Note: Quantities are
approximate, and you
might want to have more
canning jars on hand just
in case you need them.
Pack berries extremely
tightly, and use about ½
cup or less honey syrup
per jar or fewer berries
and ½ - ¾ cup of syrup.

Sterilize the jars by
boiling in hot water, then
inverting on a kitchen
towel until dry. Wash the
berries. It’s not
necessary that they be
completely dry, but less
water is better. Pack the
jars with berries with a
firm touch, filling all the
gaps that you can with
appropriate-size berries.
Discard (eat!) older
berries that seem soft,
squishy, or discolored.
Fit as many berries as
you can into the jar
without crushing them
too much. Fill to the
bottom of the neck,
pressing berries down

Meanwhile, combine
water, honey, and sugar,
and heat to 200 degrees
F, stirring occasionally
and being careful not to
boil. The honey solution
will boil at just over 200
degrees. A two-piece
digital thermometer
helps prevent

Pour hot honey sauce
into jars, filling to about
¼ inch from the top.
Wipe the jar top and
threads with a damp
paper towel. Top with
dry cap (use a new one,
don’t recycle used caps).  
Screw the ring on till just
barely finger-tight. Air
needs to escape from the
cap during processing, so
give it room.

Berries contiued

Process in hot water bath
canner (or large pot of
boiled water that will
cover jars by at least 2
inches) at 200 degrees for
10 minutes. To avoid the
sauce (or wine) from
boiling out, use a two-
piece digital thermometer
and monitor the pot
continuously during

Remove from hot water
and let cool. When cool,
be sure that each cap has
“snapped” down, sealing
the contents (if you can
push the lid and make a
snapping noise, it is not
sealed). Tighten the rings.

If a jar did not seal,
remove the ring and cap
and wipe the top of the jar
and threads dry with a
damp cloth. Check the cap
to see if it looks bent—if so
replace it. If not, rinse off
syrup and dry it
completely. Re-cap and
ring the jar, and process
again in the hot water
       11 year old Elizabeth Wilkins from
Enterprise, Alabama is an amazing
individual; not only is she the youngest
member of the Southeast Alabama
Beekeepers Association, she's also the
very first winner of the Alabama
Beekeepers Association Youth In
Beekeeping award.

   Last summer Elizabeth wrote a
500-1000 word essay about honeybees,
their importance and why she wanted to
be a beekeeper.  Elizabeth's essay
captured the attention of the judges who
presented her with everything she
needed to get started in beekeeping
including an experienced beekeeper as a

   Elizabeth received her first package of
bees in April and they are going strong.
You can see pictures of Elizabeth's
beekeeping adventure on our
spotlight page.

   If you know of a youth interested in
contact us.