Save the Bees with Natural, Chemical-Free Beekeeping
Rob and Chelsea McFarland first started caring for bees, then founded the nonprofit HoneyLove, to meet a need often heard today - we've got to save the bees. For more than two decades, honeybee colonies have steadily declined around the world. Bees and other pollinators are one of the most critical components of our food supply - if they disappear, so do we. You can make a difference by becoming a natural, treatment-free beekeeper right in your backyard. Save the Bees offers different, easy and healthier ways to keep your own hive!
Rob and Chelsea share all the wisdom from this ancient practice in a way that is fresh, modern and easy for anyone to do. Along the way, they bust up some common bee myths:
- You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on equipment. They tell you the most essential tools you need to get started and what you can make yourself.
- You don't need any chemicals, pesticides or supplements to keep your bees healthy. Rob and Chelsea tell you how to recognize and maintain a healthy hive and how to save a failing one. The treatment-free way is not just a way to keep bees; it's the best way - good for you, the bees and the world.
Save the Bees breaks down the complexity of beekeeping so you can learn step-by-step how to acquire a colony, care for it and reap the reward - that incredibly delicious, all-natural, chemical-free, unprocessed, sweet, sweet honey. Not to mention you'll be welcomed into the quirky, amazing and fun family of beekeepers around the world. So get on board and let's save some bees.
The husband-and-wife team behind the nonprofit HoneyLove make the case that beekeeping ought to be treated as more than a hobby or money-making enterprise. It is an entrance into a complex and sometimes fierce world that must be engaged and understood on its own terms. Advocating "treatment-free" beekeeping, the authors embrace a "beekeeping backwards" framework developed by fellow beekeeper Charles Martin Simon, through 10 principles, which include "work with Nature, not against Her" and "forget everything you've ever learned and start observing what is really going on." To that end, the book includes an array of chapters with accompanying color photos on such topics as hive designs (for building your own), protective clothing, how to start a hive, how to use smoke to herd a hive, and "requeening" should the hive become fierce (removing a troublemaking queen who stirs up the horde). This book lends practical advice, concrete instruction, and a philosophical approach to the daunting but ultimately rewarding adventure of beekeeping. Color photos.