The Thinking Beekeeper

The Thinking Beekeeper

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The Thinking Beekeeper - A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives
is available from New Society Publishers by clicking HERE

In print ($24.95 USD) - OR Kindle ($16.20 USD)

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What's all this buzz about top bar hive beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this fascinating hobby. But traditional beekeeping requires a significant investment, has come to involve chemical treatments, and has a pretty steep learning curve. 

The alternative? Consider beekeeping outside the box -  in top bar hives.

Emphasizing the intimate connection between our food systems, bees, and the well-being of the planet, this book will appeal to the new breed of beekeeper - the Thinking Beekeeper -  that's YOU! - who is less focused on industrial manipulations or maximizing honey yield, and more intent upon ensuring the viability of the bee population now and in the coming years.

The Thinking Beekeeper
is the definitive do-it-yourself guide to natural beekeeping in top bar hives. Based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems as opposed to trying to subvert them, the advantages of this approach include:

  • simplicity and sustainability
  • better ergonomics due to less heavy lifting   
  • chemical-free colonies and natural beeswax

The book has many photos and detailed diagrams of hive management steps throughout the season, as well as a blank master diagram for you to copy and use to record your hive's progress.  Top bar hives can be located anywhere bees have access to forage, and they make ideal urban hives.

Christy Hemenway, author