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Celebrate National Honeybee Day!

The humble honeybee does so much for us. Bees pollinate plants we depend upon for food like apples, tomatoes, zucchini — lots of crops need the gentle nuzzle of a bee or butterfly to get from pretty flower to juicy fruit. And of course they make honey — a food we’ve turned to for thousands of years to make our lives a little sweeter.

Honeybees and other bees have been in trouble in recent years. You might have heard mention of Colony Collapse Disorder. Is it a disease, is it caused by cell phone towers? Nobody really knows the cause for the massive drop off in bee populations, but we all know it’s bad news.

National Honeybee Day is August 18th, so this week we’re celebrating the honeybee by putting a few of our bee books on sale for 25% off. If you’ve been thinking about starting a hive of your own, this is a great opportunity to learn from the masters at a great price.

Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using innovative top-bar hives that mimic the shape of a hollow log. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book. It will also appeal to home orchardists, gardeners, and permaculture practitioners who look to bees for pollination as well as honey or beeswax. Listen to Bee Mentor’s interview with Les Crowder. Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture by Ross Conrad Natural Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations, 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. Start anew: become a honey farmer! Read this excerpt from Natural Beekeeping to learn 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 next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More..

A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

As Homesteading Month comes to a close, we take a look at what it means to live the homesteading life every day. Read through the question and answer below and be sure to check out any of the previous articles you might have missed:Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders Homesteading Q&A: Solutions […] Read More..

Go Lean: How To Eliminate Waste and Increase Efficiency on the Farm

Using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence may seem sacrilegious, but today’s young farmers like author Ben Hartman are discovering that the same sound business practices apply whether you produce cars or carrots.In his new book The Lean Farm, Hartman demonstrates how applying lean principles—originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry—to farming practices […] Read More..

Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders

More and more often, young people are turning away from cities and urban life in order to live off the land and even start farms of their own. But while many have the desire to grow food for themselves and/or others, acquiring land, and the financial burden that comes with it, presents a difficult challenge […] Read More..

How to Distinguish Permaculture from Natural Farming

Just what are the differences between permaculture and natural farming? How are they connected, and where do they diverge in philosophy and principle?Those questions are answered in the following excerpt that is adapted from the newly released One-Straw Revolutionary, a book that delves into the philosophy and work of Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka […] Read More..