Burgh Bees was recently select as one of the 2017 Peck Family Foundation gift recipients. We recently had the pleasure to meet Josh Bailey a family member, who recently relocated to the Pittsburgh area to pursue a opportunity in the real estate industry. Josh became very interested in Burgh Bees mission, our educational outreach, and community events and decided to sit down with the board in July to talk about the future of our organization and how the Peck Foundation might support Beekeepers in the local Pittsburgh area. At the Annual Peck Foundation Yearly Meeting in Seattle WA this August, Josh made a formal presentation on Burg Bees our accomplishments and his interest in having the Peck Foundation support our organization in future expansion projects, specifically the Brookline Apiary. Josh requested a $2,000.00 donation and was granted a $2,900.00 contribution from the Foundation. We appreciate the support of Josh, the Peck Family and The Foundation for its generous support of our organization and future development of the Brookline Community Apiary. The Peck Family Foundation is the legacy of Norton L. and Barbara B. Peck. The Foundation web site is The Peck Family Foundation
In cooperation with the PA Queen Improvement Project and Burgh Bees, a field day has been planned that will provide an outstanding educational opportunity and daughter queens reared from instrumentally inseminated queens of Purdue improved genetic stock (AKA: Leg Chewers). This event is limited to 50 participants as we expect a large number of interested beekeepers. Due to the anticipated interest in this event, we are requesting that you complete a simple questionnaire that will help us select participants with the best potential to overwinter the queens, propagate the genetics, and meet the overall goals of the PA Queen Improvement Project. We do not want to discourage anyone with interest from applying, so please apply if you are interested! While there are challenges in raising new genetics and propagating these queens, the field day will provide training to increase everyone’s chance of success. The plan for the field day is for participants to bring one or two 5 frame nucs to the field day, participate in educational sessions, and install the virgin queens. The nucs will remain on site surrounded by apiaries with known quality genetics for the virgin queens to be mated. When the queens are mated and laying, participants will be scheduled to pick up the nucs. Prior to the field day, there will be a workshop on creating strong queenless nucs to ensure that participants show up at the field day with nucs ready to accept virgin queens. Schedule: Creating Queenless Nucs Workshop: 25 June; 10 AM – 12 PM Queen Improvement Field Day: 8 July; 8 AM – 5 PM Nuc Pick Up: Weekend of 29 July (scheduled as queens start laying) Program: The 50 participants will attend a few sessions
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 Kyle Pattison (email@example.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 11:00am (gates close at 11:15am - no late arrivals are permitted. Please allow 2 hours for the event. Sunday May 21 Saturday June 17 Sunday July 23 Saturday Aug 19 Sunday Sept 17 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.
KingView Mead, a new small producer in Pleasant Hills, has launched its business, as well as a crowdfunding effort to boost it, while promising to give 10 percent of all sales as well as of donations to beekeepers, in the form of new hives and other equipment and bees. The beekeepers, from this region and beyond, don’t even need to be one of the meadery’s suppliers. They just need to sign up for the raffles. Click Here for Upcoming KingView Tastings Read More About
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Bedillion Honey Farm Mark Bedillion, Hickory 3# package $115 regular price/$110 for Burgh Bees Member Available end of April. Date TBD. 5 frame Nuc local survivor stock $160 regular price/$150 for Burgh Bees members Available May/June 724-747-4645 or email email@example.com Meadow Sweet Apiaries Steve Repasky, Pittsburgh 5 Frame Florida Nuc w/freshly mated northern stock queen, 2 fr. brood, 2 honey, and 1 brood/honey/or foundation. Standard deep frames in a cardboard Nuc box. No frame exchange. All sales are final after loading. Cost $155 Available April 9th. Subject to change. Call 412-445-7872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Johnson, Rochester Packages are from Georgia 3# Package w/marked Italian queen cost $102 3# Package w/marked Russian queen cost $105 April pick up date TBD Call 724-312-7584 (cell) or 724-728-6826 (home) or email email@example.com
Our President, Steve Repasky, has recently talked about the changing perception of propolis in the hive and referred to research done by Marla Spivak, PhD. I wanted to pass these thoughts on for your consideration. We all know that propolis is the sticky resin bees use to glue everything in our hives together and that it is highly antimicrobial meaning it is antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral. Most of us work hard to scrape it out of our hives. The research in the article linked below, indicates that we should probably be encouraging our bees to line the inside of our hives with propolis as they do in tree cavities where they nest. To facilitate this you can rough up the inside of your hive bodies with very coarse sandpaper encouraging the bees to cover them with propolis. This is not a silver bullet for our problems, but may be one more tool to improve the health of our bees. To read the full article,click here.
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:
Special Event Announcement Dr. Larry Connor is coming to give a presentation Title: The Sustainable Backyard Apiary Attendance: There is no cost to attend this event and it is open to ALL beekeepers. Date: Tuesday, February 9th Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Location: Penn State Center Pittsburgh 1435 Bedford Ave, Suite A Pittsburgh PA 15219 The presentation will cover the objectives of setting up and maintaining an apiary for the long term, with particular emphasis on establishing and maintaining a good mite control program. With Varroa mites being the biggest threat to our bees this presentation should be of interest to both new and experienced beekeepers. Seating is limited to 60 people, so please register by clicking https://www.burghbees.org/?product=special-event-with-dr-connor Dr. Connor will have a selection of his books available for purchase the evening of the event. From the front door of the facility, take the elevator or stairs to level A and at the end of the mezzanine walkway you will enter through double doors into The Penn State Center Pittsburgh. There is a large free parking lot at this facility with plenty of parking right outside the front door. Dr. Connor's Bio: Lawrence Connor was born in Kalamazoo Michigan and earned his doctorate in honey-bee pollination of crops at Michigan State University. He has worked as Extension Bee Specialist at The Ohio State University, President of Genetic Systems, Inc. (which produced tens of thousands of instrumentally inseminated queens honey bees as well as the Starline and Midnite breeding stock), and now owns and operates Wicwas Press, specializing in publication of quality bee books. He relocated (from Connecticut) back to Michigan in April 2007 to continue growth of his publishing and writing activities. He has
Beekeeping 101 in the Apiary Saturday, May 9th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Homewood Apiary 6900 Block Susquehanna St This field-based workshop will focus on techniques of how to do a complete hive inspection, identification of all stages of brood, castes of bees, proper handling of frames, and other related topics. Cost: $10 for Burgh Bees members or $20 for non-members Prerequisites: BK101 or currently managing hives