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Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health (Storey's Guide to Raising (Paperback)) Paperback – September 18, 2010
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About the Author
Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford is the Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida. He has been published extensively in the apiculture press including the journals Bee Culture and American Bee Journal. He has been the newsletter author for over twenty years at Ohio State University and the University of Florida, writing on beekeeping management. He is the Coordinator of the Apis Information Resource Center and author of The Apis Newsletter. He has been a beekeeping management consultant in Egypt, Italy, France, Chile, Ecuador, Iraq, and Mexico. He lives in Florida.
Veteran beekeeper Richard E. Bonney, author of Hive Management, Beekeeping, and co-author of Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, was the longtime owner of Charlemont Apiaries in Charlemont, Massachusetts.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a follow up to a comment left I recommend "the beekeeper a handbook" by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile, it's great for beginners but also has good information for mid level beekeepers too.
One thing I did like is that the author recognizes that there are many different approaches to every aspect of keeping bees, and he does not say that one is right and the rest are wrong. He does make recommendations for the best approaches for beginners to use, but also recognizes that more experienced keepers may want to experiment.
This book does have lots of good pointers, especially for the beginner. Read it cover to cover, and you'll get a lot of good information.
Cons- when comparing keeping bees in the "north" vs the "south," the author is comparing bee keeping in USDA hardiness zone 6 to zone 7. I keep bees in zone 3, so by comparison, zone 6 is pretty mild. Information on keeping bees in places that are actually cold, like zone 3, and actually hot, like zone 8 or 9, should have been included.
Successful beekeeping is challenging, both physically and academically, these authors sort through the kernel points a beginner needs to process while beginning the lifelong quest of understanding honey bees and what makes them tick.
After decades of beekeeping, I've seen many 'basic' beekeeping texts. I prefer this text because the authors have a logical organization that is easy to follow, building on the basics and moving forward. Another strength in this guide to beekeeping is that it exposes the reader to alternative styles of beekeeping like the Topbar and Warre' hives as well as the standard Langstroth hive. Beware of 'teachers' who teach only one way to keep bees (usually because it is more 'Natural' or 'Organic').
Not feel good, "Let's Save the Bees," nonsense, but written from the perspective of experienced beekeepers who have been around, and have the ability to communicate instruction. We will likely use this as the text for our next beekeeping class for our local Bee Club.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is easy to read and understand. It describes how to keep bees.Published 11 days ago by George Lookhart
A beekeeping basics that lacks useful information for practical hands on applications. Most of the references were outdated or unrevised.Published 13 days ago by Patrick Hinman
Good read for the beginning bee keeper. I recommend this book, but make sure you check with the local Bee Keeping Society to see if there are any local recommendations. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Cindy
This IS the BEST book ever about bees and what to expect, what to do with new bees, it is just the very very best. Very comprehensive. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Joy Kelly
Using this as a textbook for an elective high school class. While it is a somewhat technical book, it is written at a very modest level which is easily understood by 9th-10th... Read morePublished 5 months ago by TERRY L SIMMERS JR