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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%!

Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beer Right Now

Wet-hopped beer is the ultimate in seasonal and local brews. It is made from fresh hops picked right off the bine in order to capture the aromatic hop flavor when it is most potent. The tricky part is fresh hops have virtually no shelf life, so brewers must spring into action as soon as the hops […] 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 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..