Upcoming Talk – “Apiforestation, the Future of Beekeeping” with Tammy Horn

Topic: “Apiforestation, the Future of Beekeeping”

Speaker: Tammy Horn

Time: Friday, September 28th @ 7PM
(Doors will open at 6:30 PM for mingling)

NOTE: Following the talk, Tammy will be signing copies of her books and there will be a tea and honey tasting for all to enjoy!

Location: The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore & Cafe
4812 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Dr. Tammy Horn graduated with a B.A. in English from Berea College in 1990. In 1997, she finished her doctorate at the University of Alabama in 1997 in Twentieth Century Modernism. This same year, she volunteered to assist her grandfather in his apiaries. The real education began. So, while teaching in English and Appalachian Studies departments in Alabama and Kentucky, she wrote Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation (University Press of KY 2005). She was a perfectly horrible beekeeper during this time.

Then, while teaching at Berea College, she was named NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies in 2006. Horn started a small honey bee monitoring project on coal mine sites. She also traveled to South Africa and Hawaii to intern with Big Island Queens. This time in the field was a first-rate education into industrial extraction and industrial queen production. Horn began to formulate a way to reclaim with pollinator habitat on mine sites in an effort to set up industrial beekeeping in eastern Kentucky.

In 2007, Horn traveled to Australia, specifically to study surface mining laws at Peabody Mine Sites, in MacKay, Queensland. In 2008, Horn started developing beekeeping-related reforestation methods on reclaimed mine sites at the Eastern Kentucky University. Her second book Beeconomy: What Women and Bees can teach us about Local Trade and Global Markets profiles [...]

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Upcoming Talk – “Beekeeping in Detroit: Then and Now” with Rich Wieske

Topic:  “Beekeeping in Detroit:  Then and Now”

Speaker:  Rich Wieske

Time:  Friday, June 22nd, 2012 @ 7PM 
(Doors will open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments)

Location:  Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
400 North Lexington Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2585
(Please check-in at the security office)


Biography:  Rich Wieske has been a “bee activist” and educator for more than a decade. As co-owner of Green Toe Gardens, he manages about 100 hives in Detroit and neighboring Oakland County and has mentored hundreds of new beekeepers.

Rich established and maintains the Bee Sanctuary at Catherine Ferguson Academy, a Detroit high school for young and expectant mothers working on their GEDs.  At University of Michigan/Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center, he is developing an Urban/Suburban Sustainable Bee Yard.

Rich Wieske is a board member of the Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association, Michigan Beekeepers Association and a member of the American Apitherapy Association.

Themes:  Joy of beekeeping in an urban environment, Honeybees-the original herbalist, Value of honeybees to people and their environment.

For more information about this lecture, please contact Burgh Bees at info@burghbees.com.

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Upcoming Talk – Larry Connor

Larry Connor Hands-on Workshop and Lecture

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Topic:  Two and a Half Hives – A Management Plan for Successful Small-Scale Beekeeping by Dr. Larry Connor, author of Increase Essentials and Bee Sex Essentials

Details:  At 5:00 PM a hands on Apiary Workshop (limited to 20 participants) will be conducted by Dr. Connor at the Burgh Bees Community Apiary, 6900 Susquehanna St, Pittsburgh PA  15208, followed by a dinner with Dr. Connor.

A formal presentation open to everyone (and free!) will follow beginning at 7:30 PM and will be held at the office of the Penn State Extension Allegheny County, 400 N. Lexington St, Pittsburgh PA  15208.

***PLEASE NOTE – The workshop is limited to the FIRST 20 people to register, there is a $20 per person fee for the workshop and that includes the dinner with Dr. Connor.

The Formal lecture is free and open to everyone.

To RSVP for the workshop, please first send an email with your name and phone number to Steve Repasky  no earlier than April 2, 2012. Steve will then provide you the address to send the check to, along with any other information required. 

For more general information about this workshop/lecture, please contact Burgh Bees atinfo@burghbees.com.

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Upcoming Talk – Maryann Frazier

Maryann Frazier Talk – Update on Pesticides Found in Pittsburgh Hives
Friday, April 6, 2012
Doors will open at 6:30 PM with refreshments, and the talk will begin promptly at 7 PM.

Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
400 North Lexington Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2585
(Please check-in at the security office)

RSVP is required to attend, so please visit our EventBrite page for this event in order to get your ticket for attendance.

Topic: Last Fall, Burgh Bees teamed up with Maryann to take a look at pesticide use and accumulation of these pesticides in honey bee colonies around the Pittsburgh area.  Pollen and wax were sampled from nearly 20 hives in three locations in the Pittsburgh area and analyzed.  Burgh Bees was one of two clubs chosen to work on this study with Penn State, the other being a club in California.  So come out and find out if pesticides are having an impact on your hive in Pittsburgh!

Speaker(s): Maryann Frazier and her student Brian Bates

Maryann received her B. S. in Agriculture Education from Penn State University in 1980. In 1983 she completed a Masters of Agriculture in Entomology, specializing in apiculture. She has worked as the assistant state apiary inspector in Maryland and for two years as a beekeeping specialist in Africa and Central America. For the past 22 years she has held the position of Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State and is responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region. She is working collaboratively with other members of PSU Department of Entomology to understand how pesticides are impacting honey bees and other pollinators. In addition she is working with a team of US, Kenyan and Brazilian researchers to understand [...]

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Burgh Bees Beekeeping 101 Class

This is a three-day comprehensive beginner beekeeping class to be held on: Monday, January 23rd, Wednesday, January 25th, and Monday, January 30th from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM each night.
(Space is limited, so please register early)

This 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.

For more details, please view the course description PDF located here.  Within this document you will find further information about the class, as well as specifics about how to register.

Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
400 North Lexington Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2585

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2012 Western PA Bee Seminar

February 17 & 18, 2012
Four Points by Sheraton,
Pittsburgh North
Cranberry Township, PA

Please join us for the most up-to-date information about managing honey bees.  A trade show featuring many major beekeeping supply companies will be held on site in conjunction with this seminar.

Featured Speakers

Craig Cella, PA Beekeeping Entrepreneur
Diana Cox-Foster, Ph.D., Professor of Entomology, Penn State
Leo Donovall, Chief Apiary Inspector, PA Department of Agriculture
Jeremy Fitzgerald, Penn State Bee Lab
Mary Alice Gettings, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
Jerry Hayes, Author and Florida State Apiary Inspector
Jon Laughner, Ag Entrepreneur Educator, Penn State Extension
Lee Miller, past president, PA State Beekeepers Association
Dan O’Hanlon, 2011 West Virginia Beekeeper of the Year
Nancy Ostiguy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Entomology, Penn State
Steve Repasky, EAS Master Beekeeper, Vice President and Apiary Director of Burgh Bees
Joe Zgurzynski, EAS Master Beekeeper, President of Burgh Bees

Registration Information

Registration fee is $50 per person and $30 for guests and children under 18.   Registration deadline is February 10, 2012.

Registration forms with more information are available at http://extension.psu.edu/beaver/events/western-pa-bee-seminar or by calling Penn State Extension of Beaver County at 724-774-3003.

Confirmed List of Trade Show Vendors:

Blue Sky Bee Supply, Betterbee, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Walter T. Kelley Company, Dadant and Sons – NY Office, Simpsons Bee Supply, and Beeline Apiaries and Woodenware

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Burgh Bees on the Radio

Tune in to KDKA Radio 1020 AM, Sunday, February 15th from 7:00 to 8:00 AM to hear The Organic Gardeners, Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser, discuss bees and beekeeping with Burgh Bees’ own Steve Repasky.

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Burgh Bees Beekeeping 102 Class

This is a one-day class to be held on: Saturday, March 10th from 8:00 AM until 2:30 PM.
(Space is limited, so please register early)

This classroom-based course offers new beekeepers detailed information about what to expect during their second year of beekeeping. The course will include: an overview of seasonal management issues, with a strong focus on swarm management. The goal is for students to learn how to maximize hive health and productivity.

For more details, please view the course description PDF located here.  Within this document you will find further information about the class, as well as specifics about how to register.

Location:  Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
400 North Lexington Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2585

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Burgh Bees Honey for Sale!

A limited amount of Burgh Bees honey is available, and it’s delicious!  The cost is $15.00 per one pound jar, and proceeds help support Burgh Bees!  Please call the Penn State Extension Office at (412) 473-2540 between the business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for more information.

Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
400 North Lexington Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2585
(Please check-in at the security office)

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Jay Hosler Talk at Toonseum with Burgh Bees!

On Saturday, October 15th, the ToonSeum and Burgh Bees invite you to a day of special events with Jay Hosler, author of the award-winning graphic novel Clan Apis.

Families and honey-lovers of all ages are invited to attend this unique lecture exploring the incredible world of honey bees and the creative process of a science cartoonist. Jay Hosler is a brilliant storyteller and the author of the award-winning graphic novel Clan Apis. He is also a professor of neurobiology at Juniata College who studies olfactory processing in honey bees. Clan Apis is the story of a worker bee named Nyuki and her adventures growing up in and out of the beehive. Her exploits are based on the real events in the life-cycle of the honeybee. Jay’s work reveals a deep insight into the world of insects and a unique understanding of the capacity of comics for teaching.

At 4:00 pm, Jay will present Drawing a Super Insect!, an informal workshop for kids and parents: New insects are being discovered every year and it’s time to discover a few at the Toonseum! In this workshop/talk, participants will get to hear about all of the amazing things that insects can do and then learn how to draw their very own!

Tickets for this event are $4 at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2273983546?ref=ecal

At 6:30 pm, representatives from Burgh Bees, Pittsburgh’s urban apiary group, will be on hand for a local honey tasting and to answer questions about their various projects. Several meads will also be available to sample for patrons over 21.  Then at 7:30 pm, Jay will present Attack of the Comic Book Insects, a fun lecture about his creative process in bringing bee-heroine Nyuki and Clan Apis to life.

Tickets for this event are $5 at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2274166092?ref=ecal

Proceeds benefit Burgh Bees educational projects. Space is limited. A seperate ticket is required for both events.


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