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New Arrival: Top-Bar Beekeeping!

Top-Bar Beekeeping is here!

Bees are vitally important to the health of our food systems, and this new book on a natural method of raising them comes at the perfect time to help small-scale beekeepers do their part to help keep the bees themselves healthy.

A recent review in Publishers Weekly praised the book:

“Crowder and his wife, Harrell, leave no comb unharvested as they take the top-bar aspirant from bee basics (stings, smoke, and hive transfers) through hive management (comb removal and feeding) to beneficial, and profitable, byproducts like beeswax. For those a bit lukewarm to the swarm, the book gives a fascinating insight into bees’ elaborate organizational and geometry skills, and it may even make one reconsider buying mass-marketed, chemical-laced honey.”

Listen to what the authors have to say about their journey with top-bar hives. In this interview with Bee Mentor, you’ll get an inside look at the life experiences that led Les Crowder to switch from Langstroth to top bar bee hives, how wax moths can be beneficial to honeybee colonies, the pros and cons of top bar beekeeping, and how Les single-handedly chased a bear off his apiary.

And lastly, take a peek into the book itself. Read Chapter One – Top-Bar Hives, below:
Top-Bar Hives – An Excerpt from Top-Bar Beekeeping by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell


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