The Thinking Beekeeper - signed copy

The Thinking Beekeeper - signed copy

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Hi there!

Thanks to all of our thoughtful customers, we are sold out of The Thinking Beekeeper! 

Here are some other options: 

1) Try your local bookstore. If The Thinking Beekeeper is not available there, ask them to order it!

2) Stop in at your nearby Tractor Supply store and ask them when they will be carrying it (along with Gold Star's top bar beekeeping equipment!)

3) Visit your local library - a delightful number of libraries have it already, or can get it for you.

And... 4) There's always - great prices and good guarantees.

Thanks so much! 

The Thinking Beekeeper -
A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

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And now... About the book:

What's all this buzz about backyard 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 YOU - the new breed of beekeeper - the Thinking Beekeeper -  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