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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
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.
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.
DO NOT buy the Kindle edition. The formatting is terrible (in the print version too), but especially when numbers and symbols are used. For example, in the Kindle edition, the 3/8 in "bee space" is never given clearly, since the symbol is garbled. There's plenty of other formatting problems.
In addition, the book is not a great guide to keeping. The only cool thing I would say this book includes is a great description of beelining (fun!). The rest is only marginal advice and in some cases, not advice at all.
I was forced to buy this book for a class, but it's crap.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For a general information on beekeeping. I found this helpful, so I purchased it. This is my first year of beekeeping, so I will see how it goes.Published 24 days ago by HVEngr1
This book is easy to read and understand. It describes how to keep bees.Published 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago by Joy Kelly