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Increase Essentials

Nuclei, Management, Wintering

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Author: Lawrence John Connor 
Publisher: Wicwas Press 2006, 176 pages

This book explains why and how beekeepers can use increase nuclei to solve problems in the beeyard and use them to winter colonies and provide a reliable source of fresh bees, locally acclimatized queens, replacement hives and colonies for operational growth or sale. Connor draws on the concepts of Langstroth, Doolittle, Brother Adam, Mike Palmer and more while integrating his unique academic and commercial beekeeping experiences into this concise and thought-provoking second edition. Adding more methods of making increase colonies and recent developments in the science of bee biology, the second edition expands on its predecessor with rich, colorful photography and diagrams. In less than a decade, the beekeeping industry has made a wide-spread shift to increase nuclei colonies as a means of producing new colonies in the face of heavy losses from poor nutrition, pesticides, virus-mite interactions and general climate change.


An Introduction to Beekeeping (DVD)

A Step-by-Step Guide

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Author: Ed Weiss 
Publisher: Creative Programming Inc., 1985 

Professional Beekeeper Ed Weiss takes you step by step through your first year of beekeeping. Watch Ed as he shows you how to introduce your bees into their new hive; look over Ed's shoulder as he finds eggs, larvae, pollen and honey in the honeycomb cells. Learn how to capture a swarm of bees. And many, many more informative steps that take you through your first season of beekeeping.


The Joys of Beekeeping

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Author: Richard Taylor 
Publisher: Northern Bee Books, 174 pages

Taylor is part husbandman, part naturalist, part philosopher, mainly putterer. This is the cozy tale of his seasonal activities among his hives, from the swarming in the spring to the fall honey flow and later spinning in his workshop sanctuary, away from the perils and irritations of real life -- like his university president who once dropped in to ask Taylor to go sailing, of all frivolous, foolish things, and indirectly caused a terrible muck-up of beeswax in the steam boiler system. . . . He admires his much maligned insects because unlike, say, those dumb domesticated horses or chickens, bees remain untamed and uncorrupted by man. They represent the eternal mystery and assurance Nature offers: "I gaze in unuttered reverence, and I am fulfilled."" Congenial, old-fashioned countrified wisdom -- a simple pleasure.


Keeping Bees

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Author: John Vivian 
Publisher: Williamson Publishing Co. 1986, 238 pages

Describes basic beekeeping equipment, shows how to build a beehive, and provides information on installing, handling, and caring for bees and harvesting honey


Keeping Bees (Garden Farming Series)

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Author: Peter Beckley 
Publisher: Pelham Books Ltd., 1977, 1982, 125 pages

The book begins with an introduction to the honeybee and its life-cycle, so that newcomers to the hobby will readily understand the nature of their charges. Useful advice is given on how to obtain bees and equipment, and management techniques, such as handling a colony and coping with the honey harvest, are discussed in detail. There are also sections on bee diseases and enemies, and hygiene in the hive and apiary.


Keeping Bees with a Smile

A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture

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Author: Fedor Lazutin 
Publisher: Deep Snow Press, 380 pages

One of Europe's most successful natural beekeepers shares an approach that is fun, healthful, rewarding, and accessible to all. In this richly illustrated volume, he provides instruction in making bee-friendly, well-insulated horizontal hives.


Keeping Bees with Ashley English

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All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey and More

Author: Ashley English 
Publisher: Lark Books, 136. pages

Beekeeping is making a comeback in neighbourhoods everywhere, embraced and lauded as a source for sustainable, nutritious food and a contributing factor in maintaining a healthy population of pollinators for our food sources.

As a hobby, beekeeping is relatively inexpensive. Ashley English guides readers through key issues to consider before taking on beekeeping, including space considerations, time commitment, local ordinances and more.

Get the lowdown on hive anatomy and find out what kind of hive(s) to acquire to suit your needs. Everything you need to know about acquiring, housing, maintaining and caring for your bees year-round is included with all the basics and invaluable time-tested advice. Learn the science of honey and get the basics on harvesting and packaging it. Each chapter features a profile of real people keeping bees for various reasons in different settings. Get 10 tested honey-centric recipes that run from breakfast through dinner, all captured in beautiful, mouth-watering photographs. Helpful reference charts on monthly/annual care, many beautiful photos and so much more make this the helpful, I'm-right-there-with-you book on the subject.


Learning From Bees

A Philosophy Of Natural Beekeeping

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Author: Philip Chandler 
Publisher: Micro Publishing Media, Inc. 88 pages 

The author's first book. The Barefoot Beekeeper, set out a challenge to the world of conventional beekeeping and offered an alternative paradigm. It soon became apparent that other people had been thinking along similar lines, and when bees were headlined month after month in the national press, following the outbreak of so-called “colony collapse disorder” in the USA, many more people became interested in bees and what became known as the 'natural beekeeping' movement began to emerge. Learning From Bees is a collection of short essays on bees and beekeeping, many of which are published here for the first time.


The Lives of Bees

The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild

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Author: Thomas D. Seeley
Publisher: Princeton University Press 2019, 353 page

How the lives of wild honey bees offer vital lessons for saving the world’s managed bee colonies 

Humans have kept honey bees in hives for millennia, yet only in recent decades have biologists begun to investigate how these industrious insects live in the wild. The Lives of Bees is Thomas Seeley’s captivating story of what scientists are learning about the behavior, social life, and survival strategies of honey bees living outside the beekeeper’s hive - and how wild honey bees may hold the key to reversing the alarming die-off of the planet’s managed honey bee populations. 

Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, sheds light on why wild honey bees are still thriving while those living in managed colonies are in crisis. Drawing on the latest science, as well as insights from his own pioneering fieldwork, he describes in extraordinary detail how honey bees live in nature and reveals how this differs significantly from their lives under the management of beekeepers. Seeley presents an entirely new approach to beekeeping - Darwinian Beekeeping - which enables honey bees to use the toolkit of survival skills their species has acquired over the past 30 million years, and to evolve solutions to the new challenges they face today. He tells beekeepers how to use the principles of natural selection to guide their practices, and he offers a new vision of how beekeeping can better align with the natural habits of honey bees. 

Engaging and deeply personal, The Lives of Bees reveals how we can become better custodians of honey bees and make use of their resources in ways that enrich their lives, as well as our own.

The Magic of Mead (DVD)

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

Turn your honey into wine. This DVD shows you how, takes you through the whole process step by step. 60 min.


Making Vinegar at Home

Author: Frank Romanowski, Gail Canon 
Publisher: Beer & Winemaking Supplies 1984, 49 Pages

The bibliography is a great reference list on the topic. Along with 200 year old recipes...very informative.


Making Wild Wines & Meads

125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More

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Author: Rich Gulling, Pattie Vargas 
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC, 176 pages 

Make extraordinary homemade wines from everything but grapes! Exotic wines, honey meads, spicy metheglins, and fruity melomels -- there's no end to the list of delicious elixirs you can make using ingredients from your local market and even your own backyard. In Making Wild Wines & Meads, you'll find easy, step-by-step winemaking instructions plus unforgettable recipes, including Apricot Wine, Dry Mead, Marigold Wine, Almond Wine, Cherry Melomel, Cranberry Claret, Pea Pod Wine, Lemon-Thyme Metheglin, Strawberry Wine, and Rose Hip Melomel. 


Modern Beekeeping

A Handbook for Cottagers

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Author: British Beekeepers' Association, Charles C. Miller Memorial Apicultural Library 
Publisher: British Beekeepers' Association, Longmans, Green 1890, 103 pages

From the front cover:  The British Bee-Keepers Association; Instituted May, 1874.  For the Encouragement, Improvement, and Advancement of Bee Culture in the United Kingdom, particularly as a means of bettering the Condition of Cottagers and Agricultural Labouring Classes, as well as the advocacy of humanity to the industrious Labourer— the Honey Bee. 


National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Author: Pollinator Health Task Force 
Publisher: Pollinator Health Task Force 2015, 58 pages

The National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators was developed through a collaborative effort across the Executive Branch. This Strategy outlines a comprehensive approach to tackling and reducing the impact of multiple stressors on pollinator health, including pests and pathogens, reduced habitat, lack of nutritional resources, and exposure to pesticides.


Natural Beekeeping with the Warré Hive

A Manual

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Author: David Heaf 
Publisher: Northern Bee Books 2013, 106 pages

Keeping bees in a more natural way is growing in popularity throughout the world. Older hive designs are being reappraised, and methods that have been used for over a century are being questioned. The People's Hive of Abbé Émile Warré (1867-1951) is one of the older designs that beekeepers find particularly attractive. Several commercial honey producers have already adapted it to fir their needs. Warré one-size box with top-bars, natural comb and insulting quilt, create ideal conditions for colony vitality and survival, as well as reducing consumption of honey stores in winter. The hive is now used worldwide in climates ranging from the tropics to the taiga.


Nectar and Pollen Plants of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

An Illustrated Dictionary of Plants Used by Honey Bees

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Author:D. Burgett, B.A. Stringer, L.D. Johnston
Publisher: Honeystone Press 1989, 151 pages

A valuable reference for beekeepers, gardeners, naturalists, and anyone who is interested in the nectar and pollen producing flora of the Pacific Northwest. Hummingbirds, butterflies, bumblebees and other insects may also be attracted to, and benefit from, many of the plants described in this book.