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For Healthy Bees, Try Top-Bar Hives

Beekeeping is growing in popularity as gardeners, small farmers, and locavores learn more about the plight of bees in the face of industrial agriculture. After years of being babied with pesticides and fungicides, bee populations are weak and struggling, while the myriad pests that plague them have only grown stronger. Thankfully, aspiring beekeepers using selective breeding and organic methods are attempting to reverse the alarming trend of Colony Collapse Disorder.

One more tool in the sustainable beekeeper’s kit is the top-bar hive. Unlike the typical box-shaped hives that are widely used for industrial honey production, top-bar hives mimic the shape of a hollow log, and allow bees to create comb in natural shapes instead of following pre-made plastic guides. Top-bar hives produce slightly less honey than box hives, but more beeswax for use in candles and soaps.

Les Crowder and Heather Harrell are the authors of the new book Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health, a step-by-step guide to using these innovative and bee-friendly hives.

The authors are also the stars of a DVD featuring a filmed workshop, in which they 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. Now the book and DVD are available as a convenient and low-priced set.

For more information about the Top-Bar Beekeeping Set, and to order, visit our bookstore.


Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

Dig In: June Roundup

The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases.   Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books Whether you want to make […] Read More..

New Audiobook—Slowspoke: A Unicyclist’s Guide to America

If you’ve ever yearned to slow down, let life’s winds wobble you, and devote yourself to the act of anticipation rather than immediacy, then learn to ride a unicycle. Or, you could follow the thoughtful and guiding principles of  author, homesteader, and unicyclist Mark Schimmoeller in his latest book Slowspoke. Now available as an audiobook, […] Read More..

New Audio Books: Bears and Elephants Oh My!

Whether you’re keen on learning more about the secretive lives of black bears or how to unlock the secrets of political framing, two recent Chelsea Green books are now available in audio so you can listen in the car, at home, or wherever you prefer. To sample the audio of either book, check out the […] Read More..

Four Perennial Vegetables Perfect for Shady Spots

Perennial vegetables are a food gardener’s dream. Plant them once, treat them well, and they’ll keep on feeding you year after year. Eric Toensmeier, author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and coauthor of Edible Forest Gardens, is the reigning expert on these easy-to-grow crops, and his new DVD takes you on a plant-by-plant tour […] Read More..