A comprehensive survey of natural beekeeping, its principles and practices, aimed at both hobby and small-scale commercial apiculturists.
“Ross Conrad . . . makes organic apiculture seem not only possible, but necessary.”
—Gary Paul Nabhan, co-author, The Forgotten Pollinators
The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past few decades, held parasitic mites and other major pests at bay. But today chemical resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that such allopathic treatments are only making the bees’ problems worse.
In this filmed workshop, noted Vermont beekeeper Ross Conrad flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management. The video presents a comprehensive survey of natural beekeeping methods and challenges, including segments filmed in the field. It offers practical information that every aspiring beekeeper needs to know—everything from basic hive equipment to working with your bees to harvesting and processing honey.
Ross Conrad is the author of Natural Beekeeping (Chelsea Green, 2007), a book that brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping honeybees healthy and productive. In the book, Conrad presents nontoxic methods of controlling mites, eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and techniques for maintaining healthy hives, as well as detailed, holistic management techniques covered in a matter-of-fact way.
Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad is a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine
of American Beekeeping. Ross has led bee related presentations and taught organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His small beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends,
neighbors, and local stores with honey and candles among other
bee related products, and provides bees for Vermont apple
pollination in spring.