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Country Barn Farm teaches beekeeping throughout the year. Our mission is to promote sustainable agriculture in the Western, PA through education!

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Upcoming events (4)

Beginning Beekeeping Class

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve

This is a classroom-based course offering an introduction to honey bee biology and basic approaches to beekeeping. The course will include: an overview of honeybee biology in order to understand the challenges facing honey bees, and an overview of the basic equipment and techniques necessary to be a successful beekeeper. The goal is for students to learn how to keep bees for the first year. There may be an opportunity for an onsite apiary visit if the weather permits for interested students who have protective gear. The class is taught by Joe Zgurzynski, a certified Master Beekeeper and Pennsylvania honey producer with over 30 years of beekeeping experience. Course fee is $115. Pre-registration is required. For more information and a registration form, please email [masked].

Country Barn Beekeeping Club - How to move Beehives Between Apiaries

Cooper-Siegel Community Library

Join us for the February 7, 2019 meeting of the County Barn Beekeeping Club! This is a forum for local beekeepers to get together and support each other. We usually meet the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 pm. Pre-registration via Meetup.com is required. The informational part of the meeting will be a discussion of how to move beehives between apiaries led by local beekeeper Perry Arlia. We taste a different honey at every meeting we have for the club as a fun activity. If you would like to bring a varietal honey to introduce and taste or lead the monthly discussion, please contact Joe Zgurzynski, the meeting organizer. Please note that we will be meeting at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library in the basement program room. Some gps systems do not route correctly to this address. Here are directions from Route 28: • Take exit 8 toward Fox Chapel • Turn left onto Fox Chapel Rd and travel approximately 1.8 miles • Destination will be on the left. Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 Phone:[masked]

2019 Western PA Beekeeping Seminar

Gateway High School

The 2019 Annual Western PA Beekeeping Seminar will be hosting these two primary speakers: Randy Oliver – Scientificbeekeeping.com – Biologist, Beekeeper, Educator Grant Gillard – Author, Pastor and long-time Beekeeper. The topics scheduled for this year include: Friday Night February 15 Randy’s Recent Research-Randy Oliver Saturday Morning February 16 Grant Gillard: “Seven Habits of Highly Successful Beekeepers: What does it take?” Randy Oliver: Reading the combs: Understanding bee biology over the course of a season Lunch will be served and there will be numerous breakout sessions in the afternoon on Saturday. The fee to attend is $65. For more information and to register to attend this event please visit the seminar website: https://beavervalleybees.net/index.php/event/western-pa-beekeeping-seminar/ NOTE: Pre-registration at the seminar website is required to attend this event

Advanced Beekeeping Class

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve


This classroom-based course offers experienced beekeepers detailed information on how to maximize hive health. The course will include: an overview of seasonal management issues, mite control, feeding, swarm management, and making splits. The goal is for students to learn how to become more confident beekeepers. Course fee is $75. Pre-registration is required. For more information and a registration form, please email [masked]. Instructor: Joseph Zgurzynski, an Eastern Apicultural Society of North America certified Master Beekeeper with over 30 years of experience.

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Country Barn Beekeeping Club - Small Hive Beetles

Cooper-Siegel Community Library

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