Are you thinking about keeping bees? This essay may persuade you to consider keeping them in a more natural way.
Natural beekeeping is a relatively new movement that aims to rediscover a... More > relationship with bees based on mutual support, rather than exploitation. Phil Chandler, author of The Barefoot Beekeeper, makes the case for this low-cost, low-impact approach.< Less
Top bar beekeeping really is 'beekeeping for everyone' – including people with mobility problems, bad backs, or a general reluctance to lift boxes: there is no heavy lifting once your hive is... More > in place, as honey is harvested by the comb rather than by the box.
Top bar hives are good for bees, good for the beekeeper and good for the environment.
In this book, I will show you how easy it can be to build your own hive from scratch, using new or reclaimed timber and a few simple tools. If you can make a decent job of putting up a shelf, you can build yourself a fully functioning hive that bees will be proud to call home.
By the author of The Barefoot Beekeeper.< Less
The Barefoot Beekeeper is a revolutionary book about sustainable, chemical-free, natural beekeeping, showing how it can be simplified and made accessible to all, including people with disabilities,... More > as no heavy lifting is required.
The author strips away all complications and confusion, demonstrating that 'modern' beekeeping methods are largely to blame for the poor state of health of the honeybee and that the commercialization of beekeeping marked the start of the disease and parasite problems that honeybees have been trying to deal with ever since.
Phil Chandler advocates small-scale, low-impact beekeeping, with minimal disturbance to the bees and more time spent observing and learning from them. This book shows how you can make everything you need to keep bees yourself, using recycled materials and simple tools: you do not need to buy any additional equipment at all, nor do you need synthetic medications or other chemicals.
This is beekeeping for everyone.< Less
Easy-to-follow instructions to make a simple, functional top bar hive for beekeeping the natural way. Compiled by the author of The Barefoot Beekeeper, this book will get you started in beekeeping at... More > the lowest possible cost!
Packed with clear photographs and diagrams, almost anyone can build a top bar hive in a weekend - even if you have never done anything like this before.
This is the introductory-level hive-building book you need to get started in 'natural beekeeping' - and check out the author's web site at www.biobees.com for more free and low-cost information.< Less