The Thinking Beekeeper

The Thinking Beekeeper

A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
A guide to an alternative method of keeping bees, shows how to cultivate top bar hives, in a book aimed an those interested in ensuring the viability of the bee population for years to come. Original.

Perseus Publishing
Give bees a chance – the complete how-to and why-to for keeping bees in top-bar hives

What's the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden, and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this exciting hobby. But conventional beekeeping requires a significant investment and has a steep learning curve. The alternative? Consider beekeeping outside the box.

The Thinking Beekeeper is the definitive do-it-yourself guide to natural beekeeping in top bar hives. Based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems as opposed to trying to subvert them, the advantages of this approach include:

  • Simplicity, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness
  • Increased safety due to less heavy lifting and hive manipulation
  • Chemical-free colonies and healthy hives

Top bar hives can be located anywhere bees have access to forage, and they make ideal urban hives due to their small footprint.

Emphasizing the intimate connection between our food systems, bees, and the well-being of the planet, The Thinking Beekeeper will appeal to the new breed of beekeeper who is less focused on maximizing honey yield, and more on ensuring the viability of the bee population now and in the coming years.

Christy Hemenway is the owner and founder of Gold Star Honeybees, a complete resource for all things related to beekeeping in top-bar hives. A passionate bee-vangelist and advocate for natural, chemical-free beekeeping, Christy is a highly sought-after speaker, helping audiences to understand the integral connection between bees, food, human health, and the future of the planet.




Publisher: Gabriola, B.C. : New Society Publishers, c2013
Description: xii, 195 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780865717206
0865717206
9781550925111
Branch Call Number: 638.1 Hem

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JurgenG
Mar 25, 2015

Most bee keeping books have similar background information on bees' life history and biology, and how to stuff them into a box and keep them there.

This book tells us why we should be keeping bees in a way that is more in tune with their nature, and exactly how to do it. If you read one book on bee keeping, read this one.

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