The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally, Volumes 1-2

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X-Star Publishing Company, 2011 - 629 pages
This book is divided into three volumes and this edition contains all three: : Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Beekeeping Naturally.This book is about how to keep bees in a natural and practical system where they do not require treatments for pests and diseases and only minimal interventions. It is also about simple practical beekeeping. It is about reducing your work. It is not a mainstream beekeeping book. Many of the concepts are contrary to "conventional" beekeeping. The techniques presented here are streamlined through decades of experimentation, adjustments and simplification. The content was written and then refined from responding to questions on bee forums over the years so it is tailored to the questions that beekeepers, new and experienced, have. Also available in German and Spanish.

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His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with such few words-his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sense beekeeping practices.-Dean Stiglitz Michael Bush is an internationally recognized author and speaker on natural beekeeping. He is the author of The Practical Beekeeper, which has been published in five languages and is one of the authoritative sources on sustainable beekeeping without chemical treatments. His website is an invaluable source of information on natural, chemical-free beekeeping and just plain beekeeping. The topics are based on the questions that have come up on beekeeping forums over and over. The wisdom of his methods is evidenced by the fact that he successfully keeps bees through the harsh winters of Nebraska.He has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has been keeping bees since the mid 1970's, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at about 60,000 posts between all of them. He has an extensive web site on beekeeping at "What Michael reminds us of, is that beekeeping is a dynamic art. And that like most things of beauty and meaning, they are part of a system, a dance of relationships that requires as much or more intuitive insight as hard science to understand." -Scott Klein

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