Top-bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health Paperback – 20 Jun 2013
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"An excellent text with information not published elsewhere. A very useful new work on a natural style of honey bee colony management." --Bees for Development Journal
"Outstanding." --Heidi Herrmann, Natural Beekeeping Trust
About the Author
Les Crowder has devoted his entire adult life to the study and care of honeybees. Dedicated to finding organic and natural solutions for problems commonly treated with chemicals, he designed his own top-bar hives and set about discovering how to treat disease and genetic weaknesses through plant medicine and selective breeding. He has been a leader in his community, having served as New Mexico's honeybee inspector and president of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association. He is an avid storyteller and has spoken annually at the NM Organic Farm Conference for over fifteen years. Les is also a certified teacher and enjoys teaching children Spanish and science. Heather Harrell moved to New Mexico in 1996 from her home state of Vermont to pursue her masters degree in Eastern Classics, having long had an interest in the art of meditation and yoga and a yearning to pursue a career in academia. Her love of nature soon had her pursuing a life as an organic farmer, focusing on flowers, then medicinal herbs. Over time, and through her work with honeybees, she has moved her focus to the study of multi-use permaculture plantings, which support a diverse network of interrelationships in the natural world. Along with a wide variety of vegetables, she grows medicinal herbs, which offer nectar and pollen to pollinator species. She is very interested in how soil biology is affected by using biodynamic methods of planting, and is currently studying compost teas incorporating various types of manures and plant materials.
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My impression is that top bar beekeeping has been established for a decade longer in New Mexico than in Britain, and there are tips explained coherently and concisely in this book which will be on the Web somewhere, but in a highly dispersed state. This small volume packs a lot of information into it.
I was particularly interested to find detailed diagrams showing how to rearrange combs in different situations; and a slightly different approach to smoking to the one I use. There is a decent index.
The short section on how to discourage bears and skunks was the only bit not relevant in the UK, but interesting nonetheless.
This book gives a more practical approach and answered a lot of those of those unaanswered questions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A comprehensive overview of top bar bee keeping. I knew very little about it prior to reading this but now I feel I have a good grasp of the principles. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely excellent book for beginners or more experienced bee keepers.Published 13 months ago by Jean M.
If you want a book on natural beekeeping with detailed information on how to build and manage a top bar hive from someone with decades of experience, this is your book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael Bush
Excellent book, comprehensive, practical, with nice writing style, a must have for TBH beekeepers.Published 22 months ago by Martin White
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