Meadow Sweet Apiaries

Stephen Repasky - EAS Master Beekeeper, Author and Consultant

Stephen Repasky - EAS Master Beekeeper, Author and Consultant

Stephen Repasky is a second-generation beekeeper living in Pittsburgh, PA.  He is a certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society and is also the current President of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association.  Stephen is an active member of the Pennsylvania Queen Bee Improvement Project and is a member of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research Advisory Board, the Pennsylvania State Apiary Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors for the eastern Apicultural Society.  He is co-founder and past-president of Burgh Bees, and a past board member for the American Beekeeping Federation. Stephen keeps approximately 175 colonies and is involved in honey production, queen rearing and the selling of nucleus hives each summer to those interested in starting or expanding their own beekeeping adventure! He had his first book published by Wicwas Press in 2014 entitled " Swarm Essentials" and can be found teaching beekeeping classes in the Pittsburgh area and presenting lectures on a variety of beekeeping topics at local clubs and many regional and national conferences around the United States.As Stephen began getting more involved with honey bees in the Pittsburgh area and beyond, the number of colonies also grew and the need for a formal name arose.  Meadow Sweet Apiaries, was then established as the popularity of his honey, removal services and educational presentations grew.  

Stephen has been involved with bees since the age of four when he would help his father tend to the honey bee colonies on their small farm in southwestern Pennsylvania.  After a brief hiatus, and graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Stephen began keeping bees again this time on his own.  His first year was a rough start.  The first few colonies were swarms caught in July - unfortunately, those bees did not survive the winter.  The next year, with an earlier start, and several more swarms, Stephen's beekeeping took off.  Those colonies have since turned into over 175 colonies of honey producing hives, a queen rearing operation and also the selling of nucleus colonies each summer to those looking to start or expand their own beekeeping adventures!  He has published his first book in January of 2014 entitled "Swarm Essentials" through Wicwas Press and can be found presenting lectures on a variety of beekeeping topics around the United States.

Some of the mating nucs for queens and production hives of Meadow Sweet Apiaries

Some of the mating nucs for queens and production hives of Meadow Sweet Apiaries