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Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture [Paperback]

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The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held Varroa Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical-resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making the problem worse. Natural Beekeeping flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management.

Conrad brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping honeybees healthy and productive here in one book. Readers will learn about nontoxic methods of controlling mites, eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and techniques for maintaining healthy hives. Conrad's reservoir of knowledge comes from years of experience and a far-flung community of fellow beekeepers who are all interested in ecologically sustainable apiculture. Specific concepts and detailed management techniques are covered in a matter-of-fact, easy to implement way.

Natural Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations to improve the quality of hive products, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them. Whether you are an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an Integrated Pest Management approach or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you've been waiting for.

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Pages   246
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.75" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 13, 2007
Publisher   Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN  1933392088  
ISBN13  9781933392080  

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Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad is a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping. Ross has led bee related presentations and taught organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His small beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends, neighbors, and local stores with honey and candles, among other bee-related products, and provides bees for Vermont apple pollination in spring.

Ross Conrad was born in 1963.

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Natural bee keeping  Aug 19, 2008
I read this after reading "Beekeeping for Dummies". I am an organic gardener, so organic bee keeping is the only way to go! If you are not convinced that organic is the way to go, this book will convince you! It is well written, concise, but at times dwells too long on a subject that could be covered quicker. Talks alot about CCD and the link to pesticides. It is a great reference book for years to come.
A good read with a lot of good tips  Jul 26, 2008
I thought this book was very well written with a lot of good information. I agree with on reviewer that his information is not well indexed. It would be a better reference if it had a better index to find topics. This book reads more like someone giving a presentation or sitting down and talking to you while covering various topics.

I found the book very enjoyable, since I just started beekeeping with more natural means in mind.
A helpful guide forall beekeepers  Jul 25, 2008
Written for either an established beekeeper or novice, this book was recommend to my husband and I by our beekeeper's association. If you want to aid your bees without harmful toxins, this guide will take you step-by-step within the various areas of beekeeping for a more earth and bee-friendly way of handling each situation.
Excellent discussion of beekeeping alternatives  Jun 4, 2008
With all the problems facing honeybees these days there is a greatly renewed interest in reducing the stress on bees and in "natural" beekeeping. This book provides excellent information without being environmentally overboard.

The author keeps bees in standard Langstroth hives and the methods and procedures he describes would be familiar to any beekeeper. He has basically adjusted standard beekeeping practices to allow the bees to operate in a less stressful environment and without the use of chemical treatments. He includes discussion of "organic" hive products and what is required for that designation.

The author acknowledges that he doesn't have all the answers which is refreshing in a way. He isn't demanding wholesale changes in equipment or general practices but more of a tweaking of hive management in the interest of healthier bees.
Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture  Mar 30, 2008
This is an excellent resource and guide and fun read. A great book for those who want more out of beekeeping than honey, as there is so much more. This book talks of having a relationship with your bees and being a very comfortable beekeeper.

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