2018 Nuc’s and Packages Recommended Suppliers List

2018 Bee Package and Nuc Suppliers

Meadow Sweet Apiaries – http://meadowsweetbees.com/
Italian/Carniolan open mated Queens in 5 frame deep Nucs – $160.
Nucs will be in cardboard or wooden Nuc boxes with no box returns or frame exchanges.
Pick up around April 14th, location TBD.
Click Here for additional information and to download an order form.
Contact Steve via email (preferred) at meadowsweetbees@gmail.com or phone 412.445.7872 if you have questions.

Always Summer Herbs – https://alwayssummerherbs.com/
(724) 735-4700
PA survivor stock bees in 5 frame medium Nucs.
PA survivor stock crossed with Purdue “Leg Chewers” – $180
PA survivor stock crossed with Ontario Buckfast hybrids – $175
Pick up will be in Slippery Rock, PA visit website for pick up dates.
Click Here to order online or for additional information.

Bedillion Honey Farm – https://www.bedillionhoneyfarm.com/
(724) 356-7713
3 lb. packages – $125 (add $3 for marked queens)
Pick up in late March
Local Northern Nucs
5 frame deep nucs – $165.
5 frame medium nucs – $165.
Nucs will be in cardboard or plastic boxes.
Pick up will be in Hickory, PA in late May or early June.
Click Here to order online or for additional information.

Johnson Apiaries
(724) 312- 7584, (724) 728-6826, or (724) 544-6111

3 lb. packages with Italian Queen – Call for price.
Pick-up date in April.
Pick up locations in Beaver County and Allegheny County.

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2016 Open Apiary Days

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.  Events will start at 11am (gates close at 11:15am – no late arrivals are permitted. Please allow 2 hours for the event.

Saturday April 30 (11am)
Sunday, May 22 (11am)
Sunday, June 19 (11am) – Father’s Day
Sunday, July 24 (11am)
Sunday, August 21 (11am)
Sunday, September 18 (11am)

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.


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US National Beekeeper Survey

While there are very succinct colony loss and honey production surveys each year, there hasn’t been a comprehensive “beekeeper” survey since 2007. With the popularity of beekeeping on the rise, no one can argue with the fact that the beekeeper demographic has changed in the last decade. As educators, researchers, and individuals making up an industry, we should know who we are. Moving forward, having a grasp on census data of the industry will help us to know where, who, and how to reach out for better policy making, research, issue advocacy, continuing education, etc.

Through this brief questionnaire we are hoping to gain a better understanding of current beekeeper demographics. We aim to provide current statistics to the beekeeping industry, beekeepers, and also better focus our education, outreach, and networking efforts in the beekeeping community. Your information is completely anonymous. Data will be analyzed by the Bee Girl organization’s Executive Director, Sarah Red-Laird, and Scientific Adviser, Scott Debnam, and published on www.beegirl.org This survey will close on March 18th, 2016.

Click here to complete survey:

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‘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!

Learn More

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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

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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!

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).

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!

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

Beginning Beekeeping Out yard Demonstration

An out yard beekeeping demonstration meeting for new beekeepers is set for Saturday May 4, 2013. The program will be conducted at the Pennsylvania Railroad Supervisors Club about 950 Tevebaugh Hollow Road, Freedom, PA 15042.  The time of the meeting will be 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

More details are located here.

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Beekeeping 102 on March 9th, 2013

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

Much more information can be found here: Course Info

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Burghs Bees in Bee Culture Magazine

Click here to read the full article from Bee Culture on our community apiary written by our very own Stephen Repasky.

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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 [...]

By |September 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off|