Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad

Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition
By Ross Conrad

Article number: BK-NB

Natural Beekeeping Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition By Ross Conrad
Foreword by Gary Paul Nabhan Categories: Farm & Garden, Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience

Availability: In Stock

Paperback
Available Date:March 08, 2013
$34.95

Availability: In Stock

eBook
Available Date:March 08, 2013
$34.95 $27.96 Sign Up for Our Newsletter & Get 25% Off Your Next Purchase » UK Customers: Order through Green Shopping     UK ORDER

Today's beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of "colony collapse disorder." Newly introduced pests like varroa and tracheal mites have made chemical treatment of hives standard practice, but pest resistance is building, which in turn creates demand for new and even more toxic chemicals. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making matters worse.

It's time for a new approach. Now revised and updated with new resources and including full-color photos throughout, Natural Beekeeping offers all the latest information in a book that has already proven invaluable for organic beekeepers. The new edition offers the same holistic, sensible alternative to conventional chemical practices with a program of natural hive management, but offers new sections on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • The basics of bee biology and anatomy
  • Urban beekeeping
  • Identifying and working with queens
  • Parasitic mite control
  • Hive diseases

Also, a completely new chapter on marketing provides valuable advice for anyone who intends to sell a wide range of hive products.Ross Conrad brings together the best "do no harm" strategies for keeping honeybees healthy and productive with nontoxic methods of controlling mites; eliminating American foulbrood disease without the use of antibiotics; selective breeding for naturally resistant bees; and many other detailed management techniques, which are covered in a thoughtful, matter-of-fact way.

Whether you are a novice looking to get started with bees, 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.