Kyle Pattison, director of the Burgh Bees apiary, shows inside a beehive during the Pittsburgh Urban Farm Tour. As Pennsylvania Honey Queen, Monongahela-native Alyssa Fine racked up more than 25,000 miles criss-crossing the state to educate and advocate for honeybees in 2011. The next year, as nationwide American Honey Queen, she performed outreach in 24 states, Canada and Washington D.C., where she checked out the hives Michelle Obama installed at the White House vegetable garden. Today, she owns Pittsburgh Honey on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill, the city’s only storefront dedicated to local honey products. “It’s always been a passion of mine,” said Fine, a third-generation beekeeper who is teaching her 3.5-year-old daughter the skills required for this ancient discipline. “I’m just really happy to be able to do this every day, that I’m able to wake up and come to the honey store and play with the bees.” There, they sell all forms of honey from Monongahela-based Fine Family Apiaries, operated by her father, Albert, as well as homemade lotions, balms and and other byproducts under Fine’s beauty line, Abeille Beauté. The Fines are some of many area beekeepers — professionals, amateurs, and those in between — taking […]

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