HONEY BEES PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN OUR ECOSYSTEMS AND FOOD SUPPLY

Bees have been struggling in recent years due to many unnatural stresses which include habitat disruption, monocultural & genetically engineered food provisions, and invasive pathogens & parasites. One way to help bees and our local ecosystems thrive is by installing and caring for hives, but there are other ways you can help as well.

LOCAL LINKS

LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS/RESOURCES

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers Association (BVABA)
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Apiary Registration*
Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association
Pennsylvania State Beekeepers and Inspectors
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Penn State Cooperative Extension, Allegheny County
Three Rivers Bioneers
Western PA Beekeeping Seminar
PA State Beekeepers Association
Pennsylvania Apiary Advisory Board “Best Management Practices”
Pittsburgh Depart of City Planning “Urban Agriculture Code”
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture “Protection of Agricultural Operations From Nuisance Suits and Ordinance”

*Register your apiary with Pennsylvania.

LOCAL FUNDING

Sprout Fund
Ernst Conservation Seeds
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Sprout Fund’s Seed Award Program
The Porch at Schenley
Whole Foods

NATIONAL LINKS

Mid Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium
Penn State Master Gardener Pollinator Garden
US Forest Service Pollinator of the Month
Beekeeping 101
Beekeeper’s Calendar
Natural Beekeeping
Bee Source
Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, Inc.
National Honey Board
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Video Library
Hive Tracks
City Bees Blogspot
American Beekeeping Federation
Beetight Software for Hive Management

URBAN BEEKEEPING

BEEKEEPING BOOKS

  • Conrad, Ross.  2007. Natural beekeeping:  Organic approaches to modern apiculture.(White River Jct., VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing).
  • Flottum, Kim. 2005. The backyard beekeeper: An absolute beginner’s guide to keeping bees in your yard and garden. (Beverly, MA:  Quarry Books).
  • Penn State University, 2004. Beekeeping Basics.
  • Blackiston, Howland, 2009. Beekeeping for Dummies.
  • Dadant, C.P., 2008. First Lessons in Beekeeping. (Home Farm Books).
  • Conrad, Ross: Natural beekeeping:  Organic approaches to modern apiculture.
  • Swarm Essentials by:Stephen Repasky 2011 Valuable Resource