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Pre-Release Special: Top-Bar Beekeeping!

Beekeeping is all the buzz these days. Honey loving people are setting up hives in backyards, on rooftops, and empty lots. Even our first lady, Michele Obama, has bees in the White House kitchen garden!

Most of the hives you see are the boxy industrial sort, and these are usually fitted with plastic sheets that guide the bees’ comb-making into straightforward, rational, flat, and easy-to use shapes. They’re perfect for the commercial production of honey, but bees aren’t made to build that way. Left to their own devices they’ll build combs in rounded, fractal shapes — and a new movement in beekeeping says that’s the healthiest way they can do it, and may help thwart colony collapse disorder. Our new book, Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health, explains the why and how of this innovative hive design, and to celebrate it’s arrival we’ve put it on sale for 25% off until September 27.
“This is an excellent guide for hobby beekeepers who wish to keep bees using top-bar hives. Drawing on his more than 30 years of beekeeping experience in New Mexico, author Les Crowder describes in detail the special comb management techniques that this low-cost, but relatively intensive, form of beekeeping requires. Top-Bar Beekeeping also provides an eloquent appeal for beekeepers to make, care, respect, and revere the foundation of their relationships with the bees.”  —Thomas D. Seeley, Cornell University; author of Honeybee Democracy and The Wisdom of the Hive
With full-color photos throughout, plus charts to explain key concepts, Top-Bar Beekeeping will take you from building your first hive, to caring for your swarm, harvesting honey, and putting that extra beeswax to good use. Get a copy this week, and save 25%!


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Ask the Experts: Submit Your Permaculture Questions Now

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Hands-On Learning: School of The New American Farmstead

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Q&A: Eric Toensmeier, author of The Carbon Farming Solution:

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