The Thinking Beekeeper

The Thinking Beekeeper

A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

Book - 2013
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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 wellbeing 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.

Publisher: Gabriola, B.C. : New Society Publishers, c2013.
ISBN: 9780865717206
0865717206
Characteristics: xii, 195 p. :,ill.

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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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