Natural Beekeeping Books
The Australian Native Bee Book - Tim Heard
Keeping stingless bee hives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. You can do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees. In this book you’ll find the complete guide to native stingless bees, written by an expert who has spent his lifetime intimately engaged with these unique creatures...
The Buzz About Bees - Jurgen Tautz
This book, already translated into ten languages, may at first sight appear to be just about honeybees and their biology. It c- tains, however, a number of deeper messages related to some of the most basic and important principles of modern biology. Te bees are merely the actors that take us into the realm of phys- ology, genetics, reproduction, biophysics and learning, and that introduce us to the principles of natural selection underlying the evolution of simple to complex life forms...
The Sacred Bee – Hilda Ransome
Hilda Ransome's well-documented and copiously illustrated study of bees points out that no creature has provided man with so much wholesome food; nor has any inspired so many beliefs and superstitions. Illustrations depict bees, hives, and beekeepers as they appear in paintings and sculpture, on coins, jewelry, and Mayan glyphs; and carved into African tree trunks. Chapters cover the folklore of bees and bee culture — from Egyptian, Babylonian, and other ancient sources to practices in modern Europe. The use of honey in religious rites, as well as customs and superstitions in France and Central Europe, folk stories from Finland, and the bee in America are also described.
The Golden Pollen – Marjorie McCormick
A special edition on pollen for food and medicine. A book about the benefits, both nutritionally and health wise, of pollen. Included are scientific studies of pollen, testimonials and research on various flower pollens. Creasing to the book corners with heavy rubbing and sunning to the book panels. Small chip to the top. Backstrip edge.
The Wisdom of the Bees – Erik Berrevoets
While the benefits of Steiner's research into agriculture and education are increasingly recognized, his research into the nature of bees has had limited impact on beekeeping practices and on our general understanding of nature. Wisdom of the Bees examines Steiner's insights and research into the nature of bees and their implications for the future of beekeeping. Today, more than eighty years after Rudolf Steiner presented his lectures on bees, we are confronted with a serious decline of honeybees around the world. This fact alone justifies Wisdom of the Bees, a practical and timely introduction to biodynamic beekeeping. Erik Berrevoets revisits those seminal lectures and reexamines Steiner's observations and insights in the context of today's dire situation and provides practical advice for modern beekeeping practices. Wisdom of the Bees is an accessible and essential introduction to the urgent subject of holistic beekeeping practices.
The Honey Spinner - Grace Pundyk
This engaging narrative non-fiction tale follows Grace Pundyk’s journey from the wild Yemeni deserts to the jungles of Borneo, and from Russia to Tasmania’s leatherwood forests, with many other honey-producing destinations in between. Grace follows the sticky trail of this ancient food, and the people who make their living from it, to uncover the truth behind this ‘food of the gods’.
Beekeeping for All - Abbé Émile Warré
This book describes the development, construction and operation of the 'People's Hive' of Abbé Émile Warré (d. 1951). Responding to the obvious decline in beekeeping in France since his youth, Warré experimented with some three hundred and fifty hives of various designs with the aim of producing a hive that was simple, economical, bee-friendly and assured a surplus for the beekeeper. The resulting 'People's Hive' described in his book L'Apiculture Pour Tous, which ran to twelve editions in French, is presented here for the first time in English. Warré's hive can be easily made by anyone with basic woodworking skills or is available from suppliers in the UK, USA or continental Europe. The renaissance in beekeeping has produced a flood of beginners, many of whom will be attracted to the more natural way of keeping bees described here.
The Sun Hive - Gunter Mencke
Translation of a newly revised and expanded version of the German 2005 edition of CIP title
Bee Friendly - Mark Leech
The Australian honeybee industry provides essential benefits to agricultural, horticultural and urban environments through managed and incidental pollination services. Planting bee forage for honeybee nutrition offers major benefits to the industry and society. This planting guide for bee forage describes planting choices from the backyard to the bush, right across the nation, and will assist with increasing available bee food. Individuals, gardeners, municipalities, government land management authorities and farmers can make a difference.
Top Bar Beekeeping – Less Crowder & Heather Harrell
In recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Yet in backyards and on rooftops all over the world, bees are being raised successfully, even without antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs.
More and more organically minded beekeepers are now using top-bar hives, in which the shape of the interior resembles a hollow log. Long lasting and completely biodegradable, a topbar hive made of untreated wood allows bees to build comb naturally rather than simply filling prefabricated foundation frames in a typical box hive with added supers.
The Barefoot Beekeeper – Phil Chandler
A revolutionary book about sustainable, chemical-free, 'natural' beekeeping, with no heavy lifting.
The author strips away all complications, showing how you can make everything you need yourself, using recycled materials and simple tools: you do not need to buy any additional equipment at all!
"After reading I was inspired to build several Top Bar hives and change my manner of keeping bees...read as much as you can about bees and beekeeping but do buy this one and follow it's suggested path."
Toward saving the honeybee – Gunter Hauk
The honeybee is an amazing creature, and an invaluable member of our life-sustaining ecosystem. Yet it is currently in danger, and recent health problems such as mites and diseases have plagued the bee population.
This book presents a fascinating overview of all aspects of beekeeping which relate to the health of the bee.
The book is both a practical guide to beekeeping and a study of the honeybee as a powerful ecological barometer, from which we can learn a lot about our environment.
Honeybee Democracy – Thomas Seeley
Honeybees make decisions collectively - and democratically.
Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building.
In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making.
Bees – Rudolf Steiner
In these talks Steiner describes in fascinating details the unconscious wisdom of the beehive, and how this relates to our human experience of health, civilization, and the cosmos.
The elemental imagery and its relationship to human society so inspired the influential avante garde artist Joseph Beuys that he used it in his groundbreaking sculptures, drawings, installations, and performance art pieces.
The Bee Friendly Beekeeper – David Heaf
David Heaf's amazing work is now available in the United States! Dr. Heaf provides his insight into the recent bee losses, looking at the potentially harmful aspects of modern methods such as frames, foundation, artificial insemination, feeding, and medication.
He offers his refined logic for the foundationless, frame-free approach used in Warre beekeeping.