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Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1603583626 ISBN-10: 1603583629 Edition: Revised and updated second edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; Revised and updated second edition edition (March 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603583629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603583626
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Natural Beekeeping is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, about how one can have healthy hives of bees without using synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, or artificial diets.  Ross Conrad explains in fine detail that the key ingredients of organic beekeeping are disease-resistant stock, favorable apiary sites, and good colony management, plus a reverence and respect for the bees.”--Thomas D. Seeley, Cornell University, author of Honeybee Democracy and The Wisdom of the Hive



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"Originally published in 2007 as colony collapse disorder was making headlines across the world, this updated edition by veteran beekeeper Conrad (former president, Vermont Beekeepers Assn.) is a holistic reference guide to organic apiculture. While newer parasites like varroa mites are making chemical treatments a normal part of hive ownership, many people are still looking for ways to manage their hives organically in order to reduce the amount of chemicals that affect bees, other pollinators, and the environment in general. This new edition adds information about urban beekeeping, top-bar hives, and marketing for those interested in selling honey and other products from their beehives. A comprehensive glossary and resource list will assist novice and experienced apiarists searching for equipment, mite-resistant bee suppliers, and pesticide testing and reporting agencies. VERDICT Conrad’s personal experiences and easy tone and the wealth of information make this title perfect for beekeepers looking for more natural hive management options. Highly recommended for purchase wherever urban farming is taking root." 

About the Author

Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad is a regular contributor to Bee Culture—The Magazine of American Beekeeping. He has led bee-related presentations and taught organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His small beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends, neighbors, and local stores with honey and candles, among other bee related products, and provides bees for Vermont apple-pollination in spring.

Gary Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona, as well as the permaculture designer and orchard-keeper of Almuniya de los Zopilotes Experimental Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the local-food movement and grassroots seed conservation, Nabhan was honored by Utne Reader in 2011 as one of twelve people making the world a better place to live. A recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award, his twenty-four books have been translated into six languages.


More About the Author

Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad has written numerous articles on organic farming, natural healing, and health issues. His market-garden business supplies local stores with fruits, vegetables, and honey. Ross lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Randy Jones on March 25, 2013
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It is very informative and good reading. Will be able to use this book as a good referance in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kinigit on February 7, 2014
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This is one of my favorite bee books. I think it is probably the most complete guide out there that does focus on the environmental and natural approaches to keeping bees. It is very dense reading and not for the faint of heart. It should certainly be in everyone's library who is keeping bees recreationally. It might not be the best first book because it is A LOT of material and may be overwhelming. That said if you need to know something this is kind of like having the internet at your fingertips without having to log on.

The authors approach is refreshing and well thought out. A good read for the enthusiast like me who becomes obsessed and wants to learn every little thing, while being focused on the health and welfare of the honeybee. I do not keep bees only to get honey, but also to improve the ecosystem around me. Call me a tree-hugger, but I like to have abundant food to eat much of which requires pollination, and I am a tree-hugger. This book is more than a guide about how to maximize production at any cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gates on May 10, 2013
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Just what is needed to get a good start at understanding the culture of bees! This is a good addition to a beekeepers library.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By itohburrito on April 5, 2013
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Love the advice given in this book. Great price, one of the easier beekeeping books to sit down and read and the pictures are great!
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By David Lenweaver on March 26, 2014
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Very thorough and very informative. Ross shows that it's possible to raise bees naturally and benefit the bees and the beekeeper.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Wilcox on February 4, 2014
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Where is the VW minivan parked? I've spent three days picking up and putting down this book which is a dramatically different reaction I had to reading Beekeeping for Dummies and The Practical Beekeeper. Where to start - the indian sweat lodge; the search for inner peace; the constant nagging about ethics and responsibility (real or perceived). What I was looking for was an instructional text that might give me a more rounded knowledge of beekeeping. So far, all I've read is one man's opinion of enlightenment. Lighten up dude! One thing I have learned in my nearly six decades on this planet is you don't become a hobbyist of something you don't like or want to do. Hobbyists tend to have a healthy respect for their hobby. In my research, Beek's may be the apex of all hobbyist's. I doubt that commercial beekeepers are buying this book so I don't see the need for a lecture on the ethics of being a commercial beekeeper. As do you, so do I -- have an opinion -- except mine is free.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E on April 29, 2013
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Still in the midlle of reading and love it. In my view this book is not for band new bee keepers
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