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Why Organic Beekeeping?

Experienced and novice beekeepers alike will find much to learn in Ross Conrad’s Natural Beekeeping.

Bees are essential to agriculture – and arguably, therefore, to our food system and basic survival- and the bad news is, their population is threatened worldwide due to pollution, pesticide resistence, and other factors. Enter organic beekeeping as a solution to maintaining healthy hives and revitalizing this invaluable pollinator.

In this excerpt from Natural Beekeeping, you’ll learn just why organic beekeeping practices are so important. Ross flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management, bringing together the best organic and natural techniques for keeping honey bees healthy and productive. 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.

The following is excerpted from Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture by Ross Conrad.
Natural Beekeeping Excerpt


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Everyone knows and loves maple syrup, and in some states (like Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont), it’s big business. However, it’s a widespread myth that maples are the only trees that can be tapped to produce sap, according to Michael Farrell, sugarmaker and director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest. Sap can also be collected […] Read More

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Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until Spring. Author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors can help you grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s book, Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening, is […] Read More

In Remembrance: Toby Hemenway

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Toby Hemenway, a beloved teacher, author, and permaculturalist. In October of 2015, Toby was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Despite treatment that seemed to be working, the cancer returned this fall, and eventually Toby signed up for home hospice on December 16, 2016. He died […] Read More
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