A - Z Listing of Books and Other Media


The Thinking Beekeeper

A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

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Author: Christy Hemenway 
Publisher: New Society Publishers 2013, 208 pages

Give bees a chance – the complete how-to and why-to for keeping bees in top-bar hives. The Thinking Beekeeper is the definitive do-it-yourself guide to natural beekeeping in top bar hives. Based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems as opposed to trying to subvert them, the advantages of this approach include:

Simplicity, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness
Increased safety due to less heavy lifting and hive manipulation
Chemical-free colonies and healthy hives
Top bar hives can be located anywhere bees have access to forage, and they make ideal urban hives due to their small footprint.

Emphasizing the intimate connection between our food systems, bees, and the well-being of the planet, The Thinking Beekeeper will appeal to the new breed of beekeeper who is less focused on maximizing honey yield, and more on ensuring the viability of the bee population now and in the coming years.

Three Seasons of Bees and other Natural and Unnatural Things

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Author: Nirvan Hope 
Publisher: Yantra Press 

Bee yards. Swarm catching. Moving bees in mountain migrations. Harvesting hive products. In this lyrical memoir, beekeeper Nirvan Hope gives the reader a taste of beekeeping seventy-five hives at the beginning of the twenty first century.


Top-Bar Beekeeping

Wisdom and Pleasure Combined

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Author: Wyatt Mangum PhD 
Publisher: Stinging Drone Publications 2012, 421 pages

This book contains all you need for a completely sustainable Top Bar Hive beekeeping system. The results rest on scientific principles and careful observations from managing 200 Top Bar Hives with over 25 years experience. This is beekeeping with Integrated Pest Management practices (IPM), the bees rarely if ever needing chemical treatments.

With 12 chapters and 421 pages, this book gives you 362 color and 24 infrared (B&W) photos, a rich visual learning experience. This ultimate Top Bar Hive book is full of innovative & creative beekeeping and rock-solid fundamentals.

Top-Bar Beekeeping

Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

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Author: Les Crowder, Heather Harrell 
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing, 175 pages

In backyards and on rooftops all over the world, the top-bar hive design is revolutionizing the art and practice of beekeeping. With top-bar hives the bees naturally construct their own wax combs rather than relying on prefabricated frames of plastic cell foundation in a typical box-type hive. And top-bar hives are now being used to raise healthy bees organically, without the use of antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs.

Top-bar Beekeeping (DVD)

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Author: Les Crowder, Heather Harrell 
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing 

In this instructive video, Les Crowder and Heather Harrell discuss everything from hive management techniques to how to harvest and process honey and beeswax to the best plants to grow for the foraging bees.


Toward Saving the Honeybee

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Author: Gunther Hauk 
Publisher: Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, 81 pages 

This long-anticipated book from a pioneer in the field of beekeeping addresses the current plight of the honeybee and that noble creature's reaction to the past hundred years of hive mechanization and human manipulation. Hauk, a biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for more than twenty-five years, approaches the bee "as a sick patient who has been trying for years to signal to us the deep crises of its diminishing life forces and its increasing inability to resonate with the environment." Hauk presents the bee colony as a complex and delicate organism, with a life and vital functions far beyond the production of honey. Construction of the hive, colony hierarchy, swarming, as well as foul brood, mites, and disease are all discussed in the context of the hive as a whole.

Wick, Wax and Talk Second Time Around

Author: Maxine Wilhelm 
Publisher: Walter T. Kelley Co. 28 pages

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From the Author: In this book Wick, Wax and Talk, I hope you will discover the pleasures of candlemaking in your home, hence the name “wick, wax.” “Talk” being derived from my quiet, slow-talking husband saying, “You are always talking. Your tongue must be loose at both ends.” But, believe me, it helps to be a talker if you plan to sell your own candles and thereby start a business. Candle making is never boring because there are so many kinds of candles, wax, wick and color with which to experiment. If your creations are not successful, back into the wax pot they go to be reused. Therefore, money wise, candle making is not as expensive as most crafts. When I started learning candle making by trial, error and tears, there were very few books, instructions, or instructors on the subject.

The last few years several books have been written, but as I eagerly devour them, searching for more knowledge, they seem to leave many unanswered questions. Perhaps this book of instructions, experiences and antidotes may leave you with that feeling too. It's just as well, otherwise you may never experience the exciting pleasure and challenge of creating new and better candles for yourself.