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2013 Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

The Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar will be conducted Friday evening February 15 and Saturday February 16 at the Four Points Sheraton, Mars (Cranberry Township), PA. Featured speakers will be Dr. James Tew, Alabama and Ohio extension bee specialist, Dr. Larry Connor, author, Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia, Honeybee research and Doug Oster, TV host, writer. Presentations will, include, Bee Behaviors, Nosema, Swarm management, Drones, Making Splits, Disease and Pest Control, Queen Rearing, IPM in Pollinator Friendly Gardens, Cooking with Honey and much more. Special sessions for new and beginning beekeepers will be conducted. The registration is $50, and $30 for spouses. For registration information contact or call 724-774-3003 or 724-544-2900

By |November 5th, 2012|archive|Comments Off|

Burgh Bees Beekeeping in the Classroom 101 January 15th, 17th, & 22nd

This is a three night class to be held on: Tuesday, January 15th, Thursday January 17th and Tuesday January 22nd from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Your registration is for all three nights. Space is limited, 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 information, email info@BurghBees.com

Instructors: Steve Repasky, Master Beekeeper and Burgh Bees Vice President Joseph Zgurzynski, Master Beekeeper and Burgh Bees President

Course information and registration can be found here: Beekeeping 101.

By |August 14th, 2012|archive, OurPrograms|Comments Off|

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)

EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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.

By |June 10th, 2012|archive|Comments Off|

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.

By |March 31st, 2012|Apiary, archive, UpcomingEvents|Comments Off|

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

Biography:
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 [...]

By |March 31st, 2012|archive|Comments Off|

Burgh Bees Queen Rearing Workshop June 9th and 10th

This classroom and apiary based course offers advanced beekeepers detailed information on how to raise their own queens.  Two thirds of the time allotted for this class will be spent doing hands on activities or in the Burgh Bees Community Apiary. The two primary method of queen rearing discussed will be the Doolittle Method (grafting) and the ‘OTS’ method (non-grafting). Student will be given their successful grafts to take to their own apiary.

For more information, see this link for all the details.

By |March 8th, 2012|archive|Comments Off|

Burgh Bees article

Here’s a link to an article about Burgh Bees that was originally published in Grit magazine. http://www.examiner.com/neighborhoods-in-pittsburgh/pittsburgh-area-organizations-burgh-bees

 

By |January 23rd, 2012|archive|Comments Off|

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

By |January 16th, 2012|archive, UpcomingEvents|Comments Off|

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

By |January 16th, 2012|archive, UpcomingEvents|Comments Off|

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.

By |January 16th, 2012|archive, UpcomingEvents|Comments Off|