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Natural Beekeeping

Natural Beekeeping


By Ross Conrad. Newly revised and updated with new resources and including full-color photos throughout, Natural Beekeeping offers all the latest information in a book that has already proven invaluable for organic beekeepers. The new edition offers the same holistic, sensible alternative to conventional chemical practices with a program of natural hive management, but offers new sections on a wide range of subjects, including: the basics of bee biology and anatomy; urban beekeeping; identifying and working with queens; parasitic mite control and hive diseases. A completely new chapter on marketing provides valuable advice for anyone who intends to sell a wide range of hive products. Ross Conrad brings together the best "do no harm" strategies for keeping honey bees healthy and productive with nontoxic methods of controlling mites; eliminating American foulbrood disease without the use of antibiotics; selective breeding for naturally resistant bees; and many other detailed management techniques, which are covered in a thoughtful, matter-of-fact way. Whether you are a novice looking to get started with bees, 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. 304 pages, softcover.

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