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Country Barn Beekeeping Club

Our farm sponsors the County Barn Beekeeping Club.  This is a forum for local beekeepers to get together throughout the year and support each other.  For meeting information and to register for the club, please visit Country Barn Meetup.  The meetings are meant to be fun and informative for both beekeepers and anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper.

Do you want to be a beekeeper or sharpen your skills?

Master Beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski regularly offers first year beekeeping workshops on specific beekeeping related skills.  His first year workshop is designed to teach you everything you need to know to get through the first year of beekeeping. 

Country Barn Farm First Year Beekeeping Workshop

Description: 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 honey bee 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.  There will be an opportunity for an onsite apiary visit if the weather permits for interested students who have protective gear. 

For more information, please email Joe.

Please check back often for updated dates and times. You can also join our mailing list to be notified when a new class has been scheduled.

 

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
A life long tool kit of information for the new beekeeper.  Fee $115

When:
September 10, 2016 - 9am -5pm
January 28, 2017 - 9am -5pm
April 29, 2017  - 9am -5pm

Where: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Description: This is a classroom-based course offering an introduction to honey bee biology and basic approaches to beekeeping.  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.  Pre-Registration Required.


Backyard Chickens Workshop
Everything you need to know to get started with chickensFee $65

Where: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

When: This is a one day class. COMING SOON

Description:  This is a classroom based workshop offering an introduction to small scale chicken husbandry.  Learn how to keep these interesting birds healthy and happy.  They are great pets that will produce a few eggs too! Pre-Registration Required.


Advanced Beekeeping Workshop

Where: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

When: This is a one day class.
March 11, 2017 - 9am - 1pm

Description:  This workshop 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.  Fee: $75, Pre-Registration Required.

 

Master Beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski regularly speaks about beekeeping, honey and honey bee biology to garden clubs, scouts troops and science classes.  If you would like Beekeeper Joe to speak to your group, please email him for a current speaking fee schedule.

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