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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%!


Tips on No-Till Farming and Cover Crops

In the below Q&A, author and permaculture designer Shawn Jadrnicek answers questions about no-till farming and the use of cover crops from two readers (one from North Carolina, and the other from Nova Scotia). In his groundbreaking book, The Bio-Integrated Farm, Jadrnicek provides in-depth information on water flow management along with projects that use the free forces of nature—gravity, […] Read More

Reimagining Restoration as a Radical Act

Finding ways to manage “invasive” species as we’ve come to know them has sparked a vigorous debate within conservation and restoration communities, as well as farmers, gardeners, and permaculturalists.In her thought-provoking book Beyond the War on Invasive Species, author Tao Orion urges us to rethink and reimagine restoration as a way to break out of […] Read More

What Can Wisteria Do For Your Forest Garden?

Jerome Osentowski, founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) in Basalt, Colorado, is one of North America’s most accomplished permaculture designers and author of the new groundbreaking book, The Forest Garden Greenhouse. Part case-study of CRMPI’s innovative greenhouses and part how-to primer, Osentowski’s book shows that bringing the forest garden indoors is possible, even on […] Read More

Tips on Perennial Crops with Eric Toensmeier

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Perennial Vegetables, Paradise Lot, and most recently The Carbon Farming Solution—a groundbreaking new book that treats agriculture as an important part of the climate change solution, rather than a global contributor to the problem. As part of our “Ask the Expert” series going on throughout the month of May to celebrate […] Read More

How to Design Swales for Optimum Water Flow

May has arrived! The birds are chirping, flowers are budding, and it’s time to officially celebrate Permaculture Month.Throughout the next few weeks, we are putting our pioneering permaculture authors to work for you in our “Ask the Experts” series. If you are looking to become a better permaculturalist, there’s still time to participate. Submit your questions here.Today’s topic is […] Read More
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