‘Round Up’ in Support of Burgh Bees!

Burgh Bees was chosen as this month’s recipient of the East End Food Co-op’s ‘Round-Up’ program. Shop at the East End Food Co-op during the month of June, and ‘Round-Up’ your total to the next dollar amount in support of Burgh Bees!

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By |June 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

2015 Open Apiaries

Would you like to learn more about honeybees and beekeeping?  Are you curious about seeing the inside of a beehive?  Then come to our monthly Open Apiary.  You will be given a guided tour of the inside of a beehive by an actual beekeeper. Our apiary tours are held at our Community Apiary in the Homewood Neighborhood of Pittsburgh. 6933 Susquehanna St., Pittsburgh, 15208

Protective head gear will be provided.  Please wear or bring long a long sleeved shirt, preferably with a collar, and long pants (no Capris or shorts please!)  Also, closed toed shoes such as sneakers are recommended.  Honeybees are gentle but we want to keep as covered up as possible.

A donation of $10 per person is appreciated.

Open Apiaries are limited to 15 people so please register early.  RSVP by email to Lynnetta Miller (lynnettam@burghbees.com) by 5pm on the Friday before the scheduled Open Apiary.

The tentative schedule is below.  Actual dates will be determined by weather and will be posted in the events section on our website.  Saturdays will start at 11am (gates close at 11:15am – no late arrivals are permitted. Sundays and will start at 1pm (gate closes at 1:15pm – no late arrivals are permitted).  Please allow 2 hours.

Saturday May 30 (11am)
Saturday, June 27 (11am) canceled due to rain
Saturday, July 25 (11am)
Sunday, Aug 23 (1pm)
Sunday, Sept 20 Sept 27 (1pm)

We have also partnered with Penn State’s Master Gardener Program.  We will have students from the Master Gardener program on hand to discuss pollination and pollinator friendly gardens.

 

By |May 15th, 2015|Apiary, FrontPage, Highlight|Comments Off|

Beekeeping 101 starts Monday, January 19th

This three evening classroom-based course offers beginning beekeepers an introduction to honey bee biology and basic approaches to beekeeping. The course will include: an overview of honey bee castes and races, a discussion of bee biology in order to understand the challenges facing honey bees, and an overview of the basic equipment necessary for successful beekeeping. The goal is for students to learn how to keep bees for the first year.

The three classes will be held on: Monday January 19th, Wednesday January 21th and Monday January 26th 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Where: Penn State Extension of Allegheny County, 400 N Lexington St, 3rd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Register Here – Beekeeping 101 – Winter Session

By |January 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off|
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    Registration is Open for the 2015 Western PA Beekeeping Seminar

Registration is Open for the 2015 Western PA Beekeeping Seminar

Dates: Friday and Saturday, February 13 & 14, 2015
Time: Friday 7pm – 9pm; Saturday 8am – 4:30pm
Location: Four Points Sheraton, Pittsburgh North, Mars PA 16046
Registration Deadline: Sunday Feb 8, 2015.
Cost: $50 per Participant; $30 per Guest
Click HERE for Registration and Information.

Join beekeepers of Western PA for the most up to date information about managing honeybees.  A trade show featuring major beekeeping supply companies will be held on site in conjunction with the seminar.

Featured Speakers:

Jerry Hayes - former FLA State Apiarist and current commercial director for Beeologics.
Dr. Larry Connor - former OSU Extension Entomologist, author and owner of Wicwas Press
Karen Roccasecca - PA State Apiarist
Jessica Onstead – 2015 PA Honey Queen
Fred Blosat - Culinary Chef, exploring ways of cooking with honey
Doug Oster - Author and Co-Host of KDKA Radio’s The Organic Gardners
Mehemet Doki - PhD Candidate, Grozinger Lab, Penn State University, Focus on Over-wintering Behavior in Honey Bees
Bee Informed Partnership - Supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some of the leading research labs and university in agriculture and science. With data from real beekeepers, they use statistics to find trends towards better beekeeping practices that result in healthier honey bees.

Confirmed Trade Show Vendors*: (*Additional vendors are expected to attend)

Blue Sky Bee Supply
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Dadant and Sons – NY Office
Mann Lake
Simpson Bee Supply
Wicwas Press

Western PA Beekeeping Seminar Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/WPABeekeepers

This event is cosponsored by Penn State Extension, Burgh Bees, Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers Association, and Washington County Beekeepers Association.

By |January 6th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off|

2015 Burgh Bees Board of Directors

Elections were held at the November Membership Meeting and Banquet.
The 2015 elected Board of Directors is as follows.

President, Steve Repasky
Vice President, Lynnetta Miller
Treasurer, Tom Beattie
Secretary, Bob Tatro
3 Year Director, Felix Yerace
2 Year Director, Richard Deriso
Director, Philip Bauerle
Director, Jeff Shaw
Director, Kyle Pattison
Director, Neal Washington

Thank you to our out going directors and welcome to our new directors!

By |December 31st, 2014|FrontPage|Comments Off|

It’s Time for Our Annual Membership Banquet

When: Friday, November 07, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 10pm
Where: Schenley Plaza - 4100 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260. MAP
Parking is on the street around the plaza (meters are free after 6pm)
This will be a limited ticket event!
Please RSVP HERE

The Annual Burgh Bees Membership Banquet will be held on November 07 under the big tent at Schenely Plaza in Oakland and will be hosted by The Porch at Schenley. We are very excited to try out this new venue for our banquet this year!

The banquet is open to all dues paying members of Burgh Bees. Memberships run from October 1st through the following September 30 (it does not start and end based on when you became a member). You can renew your membership at the door or online HERE. Your $10 individual membership will grant you one admission to the banquet (and one vote), or your $15 family membership will grant you two admissions (and two votes).

Schedule:
6:30pm – Happy Hour* and hors d’oeuvres*
7:00pm – Meeting and Elections of  Board Members
7:30pm – Dinner*, Raffles, and Social

*The Porch will be providing hors d’oeuvres and a main dish for dinner (vegetarian option will be available).
Burgh Bees members are asked to bring side dishes, desserts, and wine, beer, mead, etc to share.

Chance Raffle Items**: Books, Gift Cards, Equipment, Burgh Bees 201 Class
Large Ticket Raffle Items: Fully Assembled Beehive, 2-Frame Hand Crank Honey Extractor
**We are looking for additional Raffle Items. If you would like to donate items for raffle baskets, please contact Christy Diehl - cdiehlbeegirl@gmail.com 

This will be a limited ticket event!
Please RSVP HERE

By |October 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Burgh Bees Membership

Become a member of Burgh Bees and help support Burgh Bees’ mission “To educate beekeepers and promote beekeeping as a vital part of sustainable agriculture in Pittsburgh and its suburbs.”

Individual memberships are $10, family memberships are $15.

What does being a member of Burgh Bees mean?
Members receive:

Access and Participation in our Mentorship Program (to begin early 2015)
Free Admission to Open Apiary Tours
A ticket to Burgh Bees Annual Banquet and Membership Meeting (early November)
Voting Rights – vote for board members and have an impact on the structure and future of the organization (family membership = 2 votes)
Monthly Email Newsletter
Participation in member only Burgh Bees in the Field Days
Infinite Gratitude from the Burgh Bees Community

The yearly membership period is October 1st to September 30th.

To become a member, visit our Membership Page on our website. You can either submit your payment electronically, or print out our membership form and mail it in with your payment.

By |September 10th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off|

Open Apiaries

Would you like to learn more about honeybees and beekeeping?  Are you curious about seeing the inside of a beehive?  Then come to our monthly Open Apiary.  You will be given a guided tour of the inside of a beehive by an actual beekeeper.

Protective head gear will be provided.  Please wear or bring long a long sleeved shirt, preferably with a collar, and long pants (no Capris or shorts please!)  Also, closed toed shoes such as sneakers are recommended.  Honeybees are gentle but we want to keep as covered up as possible.

A donation of $10 per person is appreciated.

Open Apiaries are limited to 15 people so please register early.  RSVP by email to Lynnetta Miller (lynnettam@burghbees.com) by 5pm on the Friday before the scheduled Open Apiary.

The tentative schedule is below.  Actual dates will be determined by weather and will be posted in the events section on our website.  All dates are Sundays and will start at 1pm (gate closes at 1:15pm – no late arrivals are permitted).  Please allow 2 hours.

May 18 Cancelled
June 22
July 20  July 27
Aug 24
Sept 21

We have also partnered with Penn State’s Master Gardener Program.  We will have students from the Master Gardener program on hand to discuss pollination and pollinator friendly gardens.

 

By |April 28th, 2014|Apiary|Comments Off|

Spring Apiary Clean Up Day

The weather was perfect for our annual Spring Clean Up Day at the Homewood Apiary.  We had 27 lovely volunteers come out to play in the garden giving a total of 78 hours of their time!  The grass was mowed, weeds were pulled, underbrush cleared, trees trimmed and cut back, mulch was spread, bulbs were planted, and flower and vegetable beds were cleaned.

A huge thanks goes out to Jeff, Susie, Gina, Deb, Jayne, Adam, Leslie, Sue, Larry, Lauren, Sally, Lynnetta, Tom, Susan, Bob, Rob, Jaime, Kyle, Jennifer, Brian, Barbara, Gregory, Marguerite, Zoe, Vera, Jenna, and Jimmy. Thanks to everyone who brought snacks and refreshments, and thanks to everyone who brought tools (especially Jimmy who arrived with a van full of equipment!).

Visit our Facebook page to see the photos from the day.

By |April 15th, 2014|Apiary|Comments Off|

Installing Packages

Installing Packages
Written by Steve Repasky

Safety is important and even though bees can be gently, when installing a package of
bees, you should wear a veil and take appropriate precautions to prevent bees from
crawling up you pant legs. You also will need a hive tool, a small nail, a couple of large
rubber bands, a spray bottle filled with sugar syrup (1:1), and one or more gallons of 1:1
sugar syrup to feed the new colony. Your equipment should already be set up days in
advance of your bees arriving.

1. Carefully inspect the bees to make sure they are alive and in good health (it is normal
to have up to about one inch of dead bees in the bottom of the box). Spray the bees
with sugar syrup- a light spray will do – no need to make them wet.

2. Make sure the bees are not exposed to excessive heat or cold. Periodically, if not
installing immediately, 3-4 times a day spray the bees with 1:1 sugar syrup until you are
ready to install the bees into a hive.

3. Be sure to keep your hands away from the screened sides of the package to avoid
getting stung through the screen. Place the package on the ground in a shaded area or
inside if temperatures are below 50.

4. Remove three or four frames from the center of the brood chamber to create a space
in the hive for the bees.

5. Give the package a good knock on the hive or the ground to knock the bees into the
bottom of the cage. With the hive tool, remove the wooden panel from the package of
bees. Gently remove the feeder can and queen cage [...]

By |April 7th, 2014|FrontPage, Highlight|Comments Off|