Natural Beekeeping

Natural Beekeeping

Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

Paperback - 2013
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Today's beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of "colony collapse disorder." Newly introduced pests like varroa and tracheal mites have made chemical treatment of hives standard practice, but pest resistance is building, which in turn creates demand for new and even more toxic chemicals. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making matters worse.

It's time for a new approach. Now revised and updated with new resources and including full-color photos throughout, Natural Beekeeping offers all the latest information in a book that has already proven invaluable for organic beekeepers. The new edition offers the same holistic, sensible alternative to conventional chemical practices with a program of natural hive management, but offers new sections on a wide range of subjects, including:

The basics of bee biology and anatomy Urban beekeeping Identifying and working with queens Parasitic mite control Hive diseases

Also, a completely new chapter on marketing provides valuable advice for anyone who intends to sell a wide range of hive products.Ross Conrad brings together the best "do no harm" strategies for keeping honeybees healthy and productive with nontoxic methods of controlling mites; eliminating American foulbrood disease without the use of antibiotics; selective breeding for naturally resistant bees; and many other detailed management techniques, which are covered in a thoughtful, matter-of-fact way.

Whether you are a novice looking to get started with bees, an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an integrated pest-management approach, or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you've been waiting for.

Published: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., 2013.
Edition: Revised and expanded edition.
ISBN: 9781603583626
Branch Call Number: 638.1 CON REV. ED.
Characteristics: xiv, 285 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.


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ArapahoeAnna Sep 07, 2016

Seems obvious that treating bees which are insects with insecticides is a bad idea. Conrad addresses the dilemma which every beekeeper whether with new or established apiaries faces. How to keep colonies healthy and by extension the bee products we consume. He offers alternatives to chemical and medicinal treatments without being judgmental. This book is long overdue and not in the library sense.

Nov 18, 2013

really good book

Sep 02, 2012

This is a good book for just about every beekeeper out there, not just bee-ginners.

He gives folks a bit of a different way to approach beekeeping.

A good book to own.


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