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The acreage comprising Country Barn Farm was first developed for agriculture in 1811. As agricultural operations expanded a traditional Pennsylvania bank barn was constructed 1861. At the turn of the century a large apple orchard on the farms Southern slope was the primary enterprise.

Today the orchard is largely overgrown, but the original barn remains. The land is tended by the Zgurzynski family with a keen focus on beekeeping, organic gardening, and sustainable agriculture.

The beehives are managed as part of Country Barn Farm which is located a few miles north of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania city limits.

 

joeJoseph Zgurzynski is second generation beekeeper who grew up on a small farm in New Jersey. He was president of the local 4-H beekeeping club as a teenager and has had a lifelong interest in beekeeping and entomology.

http://countrybarnfarm.com/images/PA%20Pref%20logo%20sm.jpgJoe is a Master Beekeeper. This certification is obtained by passing a comprehensive exam, in this case, administered by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America. The purpose of the Master Beekeeper certification program is to identify and certify people who have a detailed knowledge of honey bee biology, expertise in the proper practices of beekeeping, and can present this information to the beekeeping and non-beekeeping public in a detailed, accurate, clear and authoritative manner.  Master Beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski also has a BS in Biology from Richard Stockton College, an MS in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

He is a past president and current member of Burgh Bees in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as a member of the Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers Association, the Western PA Beekeeping Seminar Committee, Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association and the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America. He takes an active role mentoring new beekeepers and regularly teaches beekeeping workshops. To learn more about beekeeping, visit our beekeeping page.

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Beekeeper ID# 4590

 

The owner of Country Barn Honey, Joseph Zgurzynski, can be seen on CBS-Pittsburgh discussing the Plight of the Honey Bees.

He was also on WQED Pittsburgh with Burghs Bees discussing urban beekeeping.

Master Beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski was a guest on “Your Health with Dr. Miki Fato” for two episodes to discuss honey and its health benefits. The episodes aired on KQV Radio 1410 AM (click link to hear the recorded broadcast).

The episodes:

Episode 1

Episode 2

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