Natural Beekeeping Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

ISBN-10: 1933392088
ISBN-13: 9781933392080
Edition: 2007
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Description: The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held Varroa Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical-resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 6/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430

The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held Varroa Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical-resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making the problem worse. Natural Beekeeping flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management. Conrad brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping honeybees healthy and productive here in one book. Readers will learn about nontoxic methods of controlling mites, eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and techniques for maintaining healthy hives. Conrad_s reservoir of knowledge comes from years of experience and a far-flung community of fellow beekeepers who are all interested in ecologically sustainable apiculture. Specific concepts and detailed management techniques are covered in a matter-of-fact, easy to implement way. Natural Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations to improve the quality of hive products, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them. Whether you are 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.

Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad is a regular contributor to Bee Culture--The Magazine of American Beekeeping. He has led bee-related presentations and taught organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His small beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends, neighbors, and local stores with honey and candles, among other bee related products, and provides bees for Vermont apple-pollination in spring.

He is a prize-winning author & naturalist, lives in Tucson, where he is director of conservation biology at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum & cofounder of Native Seeds/Search.

Foreword
Preface
Why Organic Beekeeping?
The Hive as Teacher
Toxic Chemicals Infiltrate the Classroom
The Meaning of Organic
Some Social Implications
Working with the Hive
Smoke
Attitude
Protective Gear
Hive Management
Apiary Location
Equipment
Feeding
Reversing
Wrapping Up the Season
Unpacking the Hive in Spring
Genetics and Breeding
A Case for Locally Raised Queens
Creating the Nucleus Colony
Parasitic Mites
Varroa destructor
Treating for Mites
Organic Varroa Control Measures and Methods
Cultural Management Practices for Varroa
Nucleus Colonies
Screened Bottom Boards
Traps
Heat
Grease Patties
Soft Chemical
Treatments for Varroa
Essential Oils
Food-Grade Mineral Oil
The Sugar Solution
Organic Acids
Active Biological Varroa Controls
Small-Cell Foundation
Fungi
Tracheal Mites
Other Insect Pests
Wax Moths
Small Hive Beetles
Spiders and Other Insects
Four-Legged and Feathered Pests
Skunks and Raccoons and Bears, Oh My!
Mice
The Birds and the Bees
Environmental and Human Threats
Mold and Mildew
Poison Plants
Chemical Pollution
Biological Pollution
Theft and Vandalism
Globalism
Beekeeper Error
Hive Diseases
American Foulbrood
Chalkbrood
Nosema
The Honey Harvest
Honey Processing
Honey Inventories
Organics and the Evolution of Beekeeping
Transitioning to Organic Apiculture
The State of Organics
The Future of Organic Beekeeping
Afterword
Glossary
Resources
Index

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