Natural Beekeeping Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

ISBN-10: 1603583629

ISBN-13: 9781603583626

Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Ross Conrad, Gary Paul Nabhan

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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 Beekeepingoffers 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; andHive 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.
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List price: $34.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 3/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

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 to the First Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Why Organic Beekeeping?
The Hive as Teacher
Toxic Chemicals Infiltrate the Classroom
The Meaning of Organic
Some Social Implications
Working with the Hive
Some Basics of Bee Biology and Anatomy
Suggestions for Beginners
Options for Obtaining Bees
Dealing with the Business End of the Worker Bee
Hive Management
Apiary Location
Top Bar Hives
Wrapping Up the Season
Unpacking the Hive in Spring
Identifying and Working with Queen Issues
Urban Beekeeping
Genetics and Breeding
A Case for Locally Raised Queens
Creating the Split or Nucleus Colony
Parasitic Mites
Varroa destructor
Treating for Varroa Mites
Organic Varroa Control Measures and Methods
Tracheal Mites
Insect Pests
Wax Moths
Small Hive Beetles
Spiders and Other Insects
Four-Legged and Feathered Pests
Skunks and Raccoons and Bears, Oh My!
The Birds and the Bees
Environmental and Human Threats
Mold and Mildew
Poison Plants
Chemical Pollution
Biological Pollution
Theft and Vandalism
Beekeeper Error
Hive Diseases
American Foulbrood
Nosema - Viruses
Colony Collapse Disorder
The Honey Harvest
Honey Processing
Honey Inventories
Marketing Products from the Hive
The Retail Market
The Wholesale Market
Retail Chain Stores
The Commodity Market
An Alternative Business Model
Some Final Thoughts on Marketing
Organics and the Evolution of Beekeeping
Transitioning to Organic Apiculture
The State of Organics
The Future of Organic Beekeeping
Cultivating a Greater Awareness, Spiritual and Personal Relationship with the Bees
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