A - Z Listing of Books and Other Media


Comb Honey Production (DVD)

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Author: Ed Buchanan 
Publisher: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, 2012 

Ed Buchanan has been raising bees a long time and producing comb honey just as long. Enjoy the conversation between Ed and Shane Gebauer as they explore the topic of producing and packaging comb honey. They cover numerous tips and tricks to get your hive to create beautiful comb honey and then the best method of packaging it for sale or gifts. 1 hour duration.


 The Compleat Meadmaker

Home Production of Honey Wine From Your First Batch to Award-winning Fruit and Herb Variations

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Author: Ken Schramm 
Publisher: Brewers Publications, 212 pages 

As one of the most ancient of human beverages, mead arose in part because it was easy to make. Today’s hobbyists rediscover the simplicity of making mead while reveling in the range of flavors that can result. In The Compleat Meadmaker, veteran beverage hobbyist and meadmaker, Ken Schramm, introduces the novice to the wonders of mead. With easy-to-follow procedures and simple recipes, he shows how you can quickly and painlessly make your own mead at home. In later chapters he introduces flavorful variations on the basic theme that lead to meads flavored with spice, fruits, grapes and even malt.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping

Everything the Budding Beekeeper Needs for a Healthy, Productive Hive

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Author: Dean Stiglitz, Laurie Herboldsheimer 
Publisher: Penguin, 224 pages

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Beekeeping has all the information a beginning beekeeper needs to know to start a hive and keep it buzzing. Expert beekeepers Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer, owners of Golden Rule Honey, take readers step by step through the entire process-from information on the inhabitants of a hive and how it works to collecting bees, keeping them healthy, raising a queen, harvesting honey and wax, and storing hives for the off- season.


Cooking with Honey

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Author: Hazel Berto 
Publisher: Gramercy Publishing Co., 234 pages

For honey lovers, there are lots of stories in this book about the health benefits of honey, as well as numerous recipes for a variety of things - including dressings, baked things, etc. An inspiring book for those looking to use less sugar. Honey is healthful, and this is a great reference book describing it.


A Country Year

Living the Questions

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Author: Sue Hubbell 
Publisher: Random House 1986, 240 pages

When her thirty-year marriage broke up, Sue Hubbell found herself alone and broke on a small Ozarks farm. Keeping bees, she found solace in the natural world. She began to write, challenging herself to tell the absolute truth about her life and the things that she cared about. The result is one of the best-loved books ever written about life on the land, about a woman finding her way in middle age.—Random House


Dr. Jamoke's Little Book of Hitherto Uncompiled Facts and Curiosities about Bees

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Author: Hezekiah Jamoke, Glenn Alan Cheney 
Publisher: New London Librarium, 114 pa

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An odd collection of interesting facts about bees, including religious beliefs, myths, history, biology, sayings, health, and beekeeping.


Extracting (DVD)

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Author: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Publisher: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

We extract a Spring honey crop with our Compact Deluxe (basket style), 9 Frame Hand Radial, and our 20 Frame Deluxe extractor. Uncapping is done with a cold knife, hot electric knife, uncapping plane, and our sideline uncapper. We even explain and use a capping scratcher. Don't understand extracting? You will!


A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies

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Author: Maryann Frazier 
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University, 86 pages

Featuring more than 100 full-color photographs, A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies is designed to assist beekeepers in recognizing the symptoms of common honey bee maladies. Sections on varroa and tracheal mites, hive beetles, bee lice, bears, and skunks, as well as diseases such as American and European foulbrood, nosema, and Colony Collapse Disorder. Simple cultural control methods are also provided. Spiral bound and printed on durable 4-by-8 stock, this reference will prove indispensable in the field

You will learn about normal honey bee development; honey bee parasites; honey bee diseases (brood diseases, adult diseases, disease-like conditions, and Colony Collapse Disorder); predators of honey bees; pests of honey bees (African/Africanized honey bees); pests currently not found in North America.


First Lessons in Beekeeping, 1947

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Author: C. P. Dadant 
Publisher: American Bee Journal 1947, 127 pages

This 1947 revised edition of First Lessons in Beekeeping (originally published in 1917) contains a comprehensive guide to beekeeping, with information on starting a hive, hive management, swarming, harvesting honey, seasonal preparations, and much more. Illustrated and full of valuable information, this timeless volume is recommended for the modern beekeeper. Contents include: “Beekeeping As An Occupation”, “How The Colony Is Organized”, “The Complete Hive”, “Accessory Equipment”, “Establishing The Colony”, “Spring In the Apiary”, “Summer In The Apiary”, “Fall And Winter Preparation”, “Queen Management”, “Diseases And Enemies”, “Honey Plants”, “Packaging Honey For Market”.


First Lessons in Beekeeping, 1976

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Author: C. P. Dadant 
Publisher: Dadent & Sons 1976, 130 pages

This version shows a reorganization and new titles for some chapters with the addition of two more. Contains black and white photography.




First Lessons in Beekeeping, 2007

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Author: Keith S. Delaplane 
Publisher: Dadant Publishing, 2007 

First Lessons in Beekeeping introduces the prospective beekeeper to the basics of beekeeping through easy-to-understand text and numerous color photos on honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, management, honey production and processing, as well as disease diagnosis and treatment. In the preface to this book, author Keith Delaplane says of his first book on beekeeping, "Its pages opened to me a golden world of honey bees and beekeeping and guided my stumbling steps that first spring season. My story is but one of thousands who have passed through the door opened by Dadant's little book."


Following the Bloom

Across America with the Migratory Beekeepers

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Author: Douglas Whynott 
Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 246 pages

Twelve months on the road with America's last cowboys: the migratory beekeepers. 

In this absorbing work of literary journalism, Douglas Whynott introduces us to the world of migratory beekeeping, a world composed of clandestine state-border crossings, dodgy rigs, and unforgettable characters. 

An updated edition of Whynott's classic account of his twelve months spent chasing the nectar flow with a few good men and women-and millions of honeybees; Following the Bloom tells the story of America's "last real cowboys." Overcoming catastrophic mechanical breakdowns, escaped bees that wreak havoc in suburban neighborhoods, and unfriendly state bee inspectors who threaten to burn entire bee colonies, these beekeepers truck hundreds of thousands of hives from state to state. From the cranberry bogs of Cape Cod and the blueberry fields of Maine to the clover fields of North Dakota and the orange groves of Florida, beekeeper and bee alike pursue the bloom. 

Seamlessly combining the remarkable physics of the beehive, the political realities of commercial beekeeping, and the compelling adventures of America's migratory beekeepers, Following the Bloom pays homage to the hive, the honey, and the beekeeping cowboy.


Following the Wild Bees

The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting

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Author: Thomas D. Seeley 
Publisher: Princeton University Press, 164 pages 

Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. Following the Wild Bees is both a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world and a guide to the ingenious methods that compose the craft of the bee hunter. Seeley explains how one finds a patch of flowers humming with honey bees, captures and sumptuously feeds the bees, and then releases and follows them, step-by-step in whatever direction they fly, back to their secret residence in a hollow tree, old building, or abandoned hive. The bee hunter's reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving new insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild.

Drawing on decades of experience as a bee hunter and bee biologist, Seeley weaves informative discussions of the biology of wild honey bees with colorful historical anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. Whether you're a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, Following the Wild Bees is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists.


Free Bees for You! (DVD)

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Author: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm 
Publisher: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm 

Bee-lining, harvesting a bee tree, and trapping bees out of houses are covered in this 77 minute DVD. Learn how to get bees for free!