Top Bar Hive Class, March 16 and 17

Top Bar Hive Class
Interest in Top Bar hives has grown in the last several years and there are a few folks out there who keep them in the Pittsburgh area. It’s not a common beekeeping practice, but Burgh Bees has joined with Gold Star Honeybees of Maine to put on this one time event to allow some insight of the pros and cons of top bar beekeeping and how to manage them so that you can succeed. This class will be offered with limited spaces. These classes draw folks from several states so don’t wait to register!

Class Details:
When: March 16 and 17, 2013. 8:30am to 4:00pm with an hour lunch at noon.
Where: Penn State Extension of Allegheny County. 400 Lexington Street – 3rd floor, Pittsburgh.

Early bees catch the buzz, and save $25 off the $175 tuition. Early registration until March 1st.

You can register here: Top Bar Class Registration

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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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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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January Beekeeping 101 & March Beekeeping 102 Class information

Our November Beginning beekeeping class is full at 36 students.

The January Beginning Beekeeping class 101 is to be held over 3 nights: Monday, January 23rd, Wednesday January 25th and Monday January 30th from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. For more information, see Beekeeping in the Classroom 101 Course Information 01232012.

The March second year class (Beekeeping 102) is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. For more information, see Beekeeping in the Classroom 102 Course Information 02102012

We will cap the registration for each of these classes at 36 students as well so register early!

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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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September Meet Up

Tuesday, September 27th
7:00 PM

Carson City Saloon on the Southside
1401 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA

Come meet local Beekeepers, whether a bee curious, a new beekeeper or a seasoned beekeeper, come and share some stories and a few drinks up in the mezzanine with some local beekeepers!  NO RSVP required!!!

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August Meet Up

Tuesday, August 30th
7:00 PM

Carson City Saloon on the Southside
1401 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA

Come meet local Beekeepers, whether a bee curious, a new beekeeper or a seasoned beekeeper, come and share some stories and a few drinks up in the mezzanine with some local beekeepers!  NO RSVP required!!!

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