Resources for Beekeepers, Bee Friends and Bee-ginners

Cutting the honey comb off of the top bar

Here are some (hopefully) helpful booklets, handouts and presentations:

Interesting Study on the Effects of Miticides on the reproductive Physiology of Honey Bee Queens and Drones

Handbook for Natural Beekeeping

Bait Hives for Honeybees by Tom Seeley

Sustainable Beekeeping – An Introduction by Robin Morris

Towards Sustainable Beekeeping

A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies

Diagnosing Bee Mites (a great way to check your colonies’ levels of mite infestation)- Diana Sammataro

Build Your Own Top Bar Hive by Agape Adams and Emily Erickson

Building Your Own Top Bar Hive Handout by Yerba Buena Farm

The Medicinal Uses of Hive Products edited by Yerba Buena Farm

Making Silicone Candle Molds by Yerba Buena Farm

Hive Value Added Products Presentation by Yerba Buena Farm

Here are links to some great books for both beginning and experienced beekeepers:

Top Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell

The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally by Michael Bush

Top Bar Beekeeping: Wisdom and Pleasure Combined by Wyatt Mangum

The Buzz About Bees: Biology of a Superorganism by Jurgen Tautz

Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping by Dean Stiglitz and Ramona Herboldsheimer.  (This book teaches a completely treatment free method of beekeeping).  You can read reviews on Amazon, but you can order through them by emailing them:

The Barefoot Beekeeper by P.J. Chandler

Here are some interesting sites on the web that might be helpful:

This amazing man, Dennis Murrell, keeps what I consider a near-perfect website resource for sustainable beekeepers, BWrangler (Wrangling bees the natural way).  Prepare yourself for hours of happy reading!

Our volunteer Farmer-to-Farmer trainer Tom Hebert’ interesting and unique blog, Musings on Beekeeping

Sam Comfort’s Anarchy Apiaries

Randy Oliver’s Scientific Beekeeping

Michael Bush’s Bush Farms

Kirk Webster‘s take on treatment free beekeeping

Biobees’ top bar hive forum

The Bee-L list-serv, a great discussion of bee biology and beekeeping

Beemaster, International Beekeeping Forum

A British beekeeping forum, with really interesting posts and conversations

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