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Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition Paperback – March 8, 2013

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: 0.8 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,485 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



Library Journal-

"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.

Customer Reviews

Very good and concise information.
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I borrowed this at our library and wish I had one.
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This is a great book for the Beekeeper.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kinigit on February 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kolanos on June 15, 2014
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This book had a lot of good information. But it's not an all-information source. Don't make it your only book. The book fails to describe in much detail the equipment or tools you will need. The author rambles on and on about the ethics of organic farming and bee-keeping and sarcastically in a round about way discusses why you should make the choices he has made, but that it's ultimately your choice, but, ya know, make the organic choice.

I think most of us wouldn't be reading the book if we hadn't drawn many of those conclusions ourselves. Why not to use miticides, not to use HFCS, why to be gentle and slow with the bees and on and on. These are all very good topics and deserve a mention. They take up much more of the book than is needed and in the process the details you really need are lost. I was looking for MORE information on what I could feed (aside from the commercially available products) and how I could control pests organically. I distinctly remember very little information on screened bottom boards (again, lacking the details on equipment) and that being something I was desperate for information for.

Aside from those set backs, it's a good book. You will take away some important information and that makes it worth reading. If you're in the fence about organic bee-keeping then read this book and others like it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Brice on September 3, 2014
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While there are many pages with valuable information, this guy spends a lot of time scolding the reader. I do not jump on every conspiracy theory. I don't need to be fed rhetoric about how something is non-chemical. Everything has a chemical composition. Just because something is derived from a carbon-based entity (the chemistry definition of organic) doesn't mean it is better than some other product. In fact, I believe there is not much on our market that is not derived from carbon-chains. I do believe this book has value. Just be prepared to read through a bunch of political stuff (sometimes the better part of a page) before you get to his point. I found myself thinking I had wasted my time, after reading some passages. Sure, he does offer some factual information, but the non-beekeeping agenda is obvious and annoying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rex Jelly on September 23, 2014
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Probably the least favorite book in my collection on beekeeping. It doesn't take very long to see that Conrad is a Leftist pushing an agenda. If you want a guide on Natural Beekeeping without having to wade through the Leftist propaganda, log on to NaturallyGrown.org and print out a copy of their guide to natural beekeeping on pdf. In fact, here's the URL: https://www.naturallygrown.org/programs/apiary-standards

That being said, I won't say don't buy it. Conrad is an experienced beek and I believe in learning from everyone, even if their opinions on other things are a little wacky.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Sanders on July 19, 2014
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While the author seems to be a little 'preachy' at times about the "evils" of industrial beekeeping, he does provide an EXCELLENT resource for handling bees in a more natural and non-chemical way. He focuses on essential oils and 'soft' treatments. The best part of this book is that he explains WHY things work biologically.
I would recommend that any new beekeeper first purchase the "dummies" book, read it, and then purchase this book as well. It fills in gaps that I didn't even know that I had in my knowledge base.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Driscoll on June 16, 2014
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I've read a stack of beekeeping books from Amazon and from my library. This is, hands down, the best book of the bunch. Ross Conrad covers beekeeping in an ethical way and teaches you not just how to keep bees, but how to partner with them and manage hives with integrity. His chapters on requeening and philosophies of requeening and various ways of managing hives were particularly useful, as was his discussion at the end of the book on GMOs. Thank you, Ross, for this amazing title.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By none on January 29, 2014
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Very good and concise information. Great for Natural or organic or regular beekeepers. Very seldom do you find this much information about queen bees in one good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose M. Estigoy on June 11, 2014
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I bought this book for reference after checking out a whole bunch of bee books at the library. I felt this one had the most useful information for me. I don't want to use a lot of chemicals, so the natural approach to beekeeping was the best for me. It also has an interesting recipe for 'bee tea,' which is a sugar water feed for the bees when they can't get to nectar and pollen. If I could only have one bee book, this would be it. It has methods of pest control, diseases and infestations, what a healthy hive should look like, potential problems, lots of pictures of the bees in the hive, queen ideas, and much much more
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