My Story

My name is John Yakim and this is how I got here.

I have been a pharmacist for over 30 years.  Most of my career has been as in independent pharmacist in a compounding only practice.

Back in 2014, I got the bright idea that I wanted to keep bees.  There was no environmental or political motivation.  They just sounded fascinating.  

That July, I purchased my first bee colony from a man who would very quickly become my friend.  And I moved my new colony of bees to my backyard in Monroeville.

Almost 6 years later, I have bees in several bee yards in and around Monroeville including Penn Hills, Plum, White Oak and McKeesport.  I have become involved in several beekeeping organizations.  I am the recent past president of the Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers Association and I am the chair of the Western PA Beekeepers Seminar.    And, I produce lots and lots of honey.

Currently, I sell honey at my pharmacy and a handful of vendors around town.  I sell most of my honey at various farmers markets.  Some of the markets, like Monroeville and Forest Hills, I sell directly to the consumer and others, like Renze and Swissvale, I sell to a vendor who sales my product.

To say it has been fun is an understatement.  Beekeeping is fascinating.  And honey is delicious.



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