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Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping Book - Next Steps for the Thinking Beekeeper

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Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping - Next Steps for the Thinking Beekeeper.

The Thinking Beekeeper Thinks Again...

The sequel to the original "The Thinking Beekeeper" book - this volume will take you into Year 2 and beyond.

Splits, Swarm prevention, moving hives - all the things you're ready to learn in Year 2.

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping picks up where The Thinking Beekeeper left off, providing a wealth of information for backyard beekeepers ready to take the next step with this economical, bee-friendly approach.  Author Christy Hemenway shares:

  • Guidance and techniques for the second season and beyond
  • An in-depth analysis of the dangers climate change and conventional agriculture present to pollinators
  • An inspiring vision of restoring bee populations through organic farming and natural, chemical-free beekeeping.

While continuing to emphasize the intimate connection between our food system, bees, and the wellbeing of the planet, Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping breaks new ground in the quest to shift the dominant agricultural paradigm away from chemical-laden, industrial monoculture and towards healthy, diverse local farming. See what all the buzz is about with this must-read guide for the new breed of thinking beekeeper.

More kind words for Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping - Next Steps for the Thinking Beekeeper:

Christy’s experience and drive to further the use of top bar hives is extremely evident in this her next level work. Her first book got you into a hive, why it is a good thing to do, and how to make it work. I learned a few tricks from her and my top bar beekeeping improved due to her insights and explanations. But what about next Year? That’s where this work picks up. It gets you through winter, spring, swarms, feeding, splits, harvesting honey and then settles into the very best thing I can say about this form of keeping bees. Clean wax. If for no other reason do you begin or continue keeping bees than the fact that you have clean wax with these hives…then you have made the very best decision you can.
     -- Kim Flottum, Editor Bee Culture Magazine, and BEEKeeping, Your First Three Years.

Christy's new book shows her deep regard for bees and her thoughtfulness for their welfare. Top bar beekeepers will find much to stimulate their own thought processes and inspire them to be more observant. A valuable contribution to beekeeping.
    –- Phil Chandler  (

Here are your next steps to keeping bees in top bar hives.  Thoughtful, experienced, articulate advice.
     -- Michael Bush  (

I was amazed to find that what happened in my first top bar hives was exactly what Christy had described in her first book.  Her new book is not only essential for those who want to keep bees in top bar hives, but also for those want a deeper look on beekeeping problems and on the life of Apis mellifera.
     —  Paolo Fontana,
    Edmund Mach Foundation, Italy

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping has inspired me to acquire my fist top bar hive. This book and its companion, The Thinking Beekeeper, will guide me through yet another new adventure in beekeeping! Hemenway also takes on varroa mite and the consequence of using pesticides to control it. However rather than a strict no treatment approach, she shares a viable option for top bar beekeeping. Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping is worthwhile read for ALL thinking beekeepers.

 -- Maryann Frazier


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