Following the Bloom: Across America with the Migratory Beekeepers

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Twelve months on the road with America's last cowboys: the migratory beekeepers.

In this absorbing work of literary journalism, Douglas Whynott introduces us to the world of migratory beekeeping, a world composed of clandestine state-border crossings, dodgy rigs, and unforgettable characters.

An updated edition of Whynott's classic account of his twelve months spent chasing the nectar flow with a few good men and women-and millions of ...

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Overview

Twelve months on the road with America's last cowboys: the migratory beekeepers.

In this absorbing work of literary journalism, Douglas Whynott introduces us to the world of migratory beekeeping, a world composed of clandestine state-border crossings, dodgy rigs, and unforgettable characters.

An updated edition of Whynott's classic account of his twelve months spent chasing the nectar flow with a few good men and women-and millions of honeybees-Following the Bloom tells the story of America's "last real cowboys." Overcoming catastrophic mechanical breakdowns, escaped bees that wreak havoc in suburban neighborhoods, and unfriendly state bee inspectors who threaten to burn entire bee colonies, these beekeepers truck hundreds of thousands of hives from state to state. From the cranberry bogs of Cape Cod and the blueberry fields of Maine to the clover fields of North Dakota and the orange groves of Florida, beekeeper and bee alike pursue the bloom.

Seamlessly combining the remarkable physics of the beehive, the political realities of commercial beekeeping, and the compelling adventures of America's migratory beekeepers, Following the Bloom pays homage to the hive, the honey, and the beekeeping cowboy.

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Whynott interweaves lively vignettes that personalize the story of migratory beekeepers with the hard facts of an industry that could well be pushed into extinction. Challenged by the logistics of transporting thousands of living hives by truck to follow seasonal nectar flows, apiculturists must also contend with mechanical breakdowns, deteriorating environments, pesticides, bee parasites, and government inspectors gassing diseased hives. Of special concern is the threat from Africanized (killer) bees. As rented honeybees are used in agricultural pollination, an invasion of their hives by the killer bees could affect the food economy. This unique book should appeal to a wide lay readership and is recommended for general collections.-- Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N . Y .
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A fascinating portrait of the beekeepers as they and their bees follow the bloom across America. Whynott documents the story of their lives and also communicates the wonder of the bees themselves. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811719445
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Concord Library
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 224

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