We recommend these steps to all local beginners:
Country Barn Farm 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 Farm Meetup. The meetings are meant to be fun and informative for both beekeepers and anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper.
Beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski inspects a frame of honey bees to two beginners during his class
Beginning Beekeeping Online - Available Now
This course is designed for beginners and offers several hours of video lectures designed to teach you the basics of first-year beekeeping.
We’ve packed a ton of information into this course - from the three types of bees, equipment requirements, and visits to Joe’s apiary so you can observe how he manages his hives.
We’ve also included supplementary materials:
Once you’ve completed the coursework for the class, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement for your efforts.
Country Barn Farm Beekeeping Calendar
We've created a guide for beginning beekeepers to track of their first year in beekeeping. This free guide is included along with other helpful resources in our Beginning Beekeeping class.
Advanced Beekeeping Class - March 6, 2021
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.
Pre-registration is required.
When: March 6, 2021 from 9am to 1pm
Where: Class for 2021 will be conducted virtually
Cost of attendance: $75
Country Barn Farm Beekeeping Equipment
Country Barn Farm stocks beekeeping equipment and can also drop ship whatever you need directly to your location whenever you need it. We have hives, jars, protective gear and gift items always in stock in Pittsburgh! We will help you select the equipment you need to be a successful beekeeper. Let us help you! Please email or call us for a price list or to place an order. Our hours are by appointment.
Beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski examining a frame of queen bee cells in his apiary