The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865717206
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 160,445
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Christy Hemenway is the owner and founder of Gold Star Honeybees, a complete resource for all things related to beekeeping in top bar hives. Before her conversion to bee-vangelism, she mastered such varied careers as computer systems engineering and professional alpaca herd-sitting. A chance encounter with a conventional beekeeper launched her on the road to natural, chemical-free beekeeping. A passionate advocate for bees and the pivotal role they play in our food supply, 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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Part I Beekeeping Basics

1 How Did We Get Here From There? 3

2 It s All About the Wax 11

3 Basic Bee Biology 27

Part II When To Do What-And Why

4 Your Top Bar Hive 47

5 On Getting Started with Your Own Top Bar Hive 63

6 Inspections 85

7 Overwintering Your Top Bar Hive 115

8 Treasures of the Hive 131

9 Bee Pests And Diseases 145

Afterword 161

Endnotes 167

Glossary 171

Appendix A Sample Hive Inspection Diagram 181

Appendix B Bee Resources 183

Index 187

About the Author 195

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    This is the first top-bar book written for the beginning backyar

    This is the first top-bar book written for the beginning backyard beekeeper. All the essential topics are presented in a way that makes it fun to read and easy to understand. Highly recommended for top-bar "new-bees."

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

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    Until very recently there has been a dearth of books specific to

    Until very recently there has been a dearth of books specific to top bar beekeeping and to natural beekeeping. If you have an interest in either or both, this is a book you will enjoy. Christy has named it well. It is a thoughtful book that gives you more than just a formula. Real beekeeping is an art and art requires thinking and understanding and judgement rather than rules and time tables. In the end, of course, this is acquired through experience but Christy lays a good groundwork of understanding while at the same time giving detailed practical advice. It is clear that she has much experience at answering beginner's questions as she anticipated them so well. I love her concise, efficient, yet eloquent use of language and logic. A very useful book that, because of her style, is also very pleasant to read.

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