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Frank the Beeman standing by his hives wearing his bj sherriff honey rustler jacket

Frank Mortimer is an adjunct instructor at the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Program, Vice President of the New Jersey State Beekeepers Association, and a Certified Master Beekeeper.  Frank is the author of Bee People and the Bugs They Love, (Kensington Publishing, March 2021) and has written multiple articles featured in the widely circulated Bee Culture Magazine.  As president of the Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association—a position he has held since 2011—he has: significantly grown his club’s membership, aligned the Northeast NJ Beekeepers with Ramapo College, and founded the “Honey Cup," an annual honey tasting competition.  Frank has promoted beekeeping throughout the Northeast by speaking to everyone from school children to gardening clubs and civic organizations.  He has led beekeeping seminars across New Jersey and at The New York Botanical Garden. In addition, he successfully campaigned for his hometown of Ridgewood to become New Jersey's first “Bee City USA.”  Frank is married, has three children, and beekeeping is something the whole family enjoys doing together.


Swarm of Honeybees Forced The Temporary Suspension of Outdoor Dining at Raymond’s Restaurant,
The Ridgewood Blog, June 2, 2019

  The forced Zen of beekeeping - 360 Video: by Michael Karas,, May 2017

Video: Bergen County Beekeeper

Why are half of NJ's honeybees dying each year? – By Scott Fallon, Bergen Record, June 17, 2017

Oh, Beehive! All the Buzz About Beekeeping – By Alyana Alfaro, New Jersey Monthly, February 6, 2017

Quick Thinking Ridgewood Police Officer Calls in Bee Keeper to Contain Willard School Bee Hive, – The Ridgewood Blog, May 20, 2016


Suburban Bees: How to Keep Bees in Residential Areas” Pollinator Network @ Cornell,, May 2019

An Apology To Oxalic Acid” Bee Culture, December 2018, pp.63-64

The Ultimate Swarm Box” Bee Culture, March 2018, pp.61-62

Be Prepared Before You Ask For Help” BEEKeeping: Your First Three Years, Spring 2018, pp.48-50

BeeSpeaker” Bee Culture, November 2017, pp.75-77