Beginning Beekeeping Online - Available Now
This course is designed for beginners and offers video lectures available 24/7 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 designed this class to teach you everything you need to get through the first year of beekeeping in a video format that allows you see the actual beekeeping techniques and gives you the ability to learn at your own pace.
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.
We recommend these steps to all local beginners:
Our Next in-person class is scheduled January 27, 2024. This is an all day class from 9 AM to 5 PM. Pre-registration is required. The class will be offered in Fox Chapel PA. Simply send us an email to request your registration form and sign up. Seating is limited!
Can't wait? Take our online class and Beekeeper Joe will make sure you get a good start. Or email us now and request to be waitlisted for a potential in-person class this year. If there is enough interest we will offer an in-person class this year.
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 our 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
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.
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