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Celebrate National Honeybee Day!

The humble honeybee does so much for us. Bees pollinate plants we depend upon for food like apples, tomatoes, zucchini — lots of crops need the gentle nuzzle of a bee or butterfly to get from pretty flower to juicy fruit. And of course they make honey — a food we’ve turned to for thousands of years to make our lives a little sweeter.

Honeybees and other bees have been in trouble in recent years. You might have heard mention of Colony Collapse Disorder. Is it a disease, is it caused by cell phone towers? Nobody really knows the cause for the massive drop off in bee populations, but we all know it’s bad news.

National Honeybee Day is August 18th, so this week we’re celebrating the honeybee by putting a few of our bee books on sale for 25% off. If you’ve been thinking about starting a hive of your own, this is a great opportunity to learn from the masters at a great price.

Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell

Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using innovative top-bar hives that mimic the shape of a hollow log. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book. It will also appeal to home orchardists, gardeners, and permaculture practitioners who look to bees for pollination as well as honey or beeswax.

Listen to Bee Mentor’s interview with Les Crowder.

Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture by Ross Conrad

Natural Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them. Whether you are an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an integrated pest management approach or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

Start anew: become a honey farmer! Read this excerpt from Natural Beekeeping to learn more.


Ask the Expert: Andrew Mefferd

Before writing The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture, Andrew Mefferd spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. Andrew has graciously agreed to offer up his expertise to our […] Read More

Top 10 favorite goat facts (with gifs)

New this month from author Gianaclis Caldwell, Holistic Goat Care is the essential resource on caring for your herd. Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter […] Read More

New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More
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