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Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping (PDF)
Next Steps for the Thinking Beekeeper
Bee populations are plummeting worldwide. Colony Collapse Disorder poses a serious threat to many plants which rely on bees for pollination, including a significant proportion of our food crops. Top bar hives are based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems, enabling top bar beekeepers to produce honey and natural wax while helping bees thrive now and in the years ahead.
Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping picks up where The Thinking Beekeeper left off, providing a wealth of information for backyard beekeepers ready to take the next step with this economical, bee-friendly approach. Author Christy Hemenway shares:
- Guidance and techniques for the second season and beyond
- An in-depth analysis of the dangers climate change and conventional agriculture present to pollinators
- An inspiring vision of restoring bee populations through organic farming and natural, chemical-free beekeeping.
While continuing to emphasize the intimate connection between our food system, bees, and the wellbeing of the planet, Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping breaks new ground in the quest to shift the dominant agricultural paradigm away from chemical-laden, industrial monoculture and towards healthy, diverse local farming. See what all the buzz is about with this must-read guide for the new breed of thinking beekeeper.
Christy Hemenway is the owner and founder of Gold Star Honeybees, a complete resource for all things related to beekeeping in top bar hives. A passionate advocate for bees and the pivotal role they play in our food supply, she is a highly sought-after speaker, helping audiences to understand the integral connection between bees, food, human health and the future of the planet. Christy is the author of The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives.
"Anyone who encourages better handling of nature's number one livestock — bees — should be read and followed. Christy Hemenway is that guy. Read and learn."
Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm
"Christy's experience and drive to further the use of top bar hives is extremely evident in this her next level work. Her first book got you into a hive, why it is a good thing to do, and how to make it work. I learned a few tricks from her and my top bar beekeeping improved due to her insights and explanations. But what about next year? That's where this work picks up. It gets you through winter, spring, swarms, feeding, splits, harvesting honey and then settles into the very best thing I can say about this form of keeping bees. Clean wax. If for no other reason do you begin or continue keeping bees than the fact that you have clean wax with these hives... then you have made the very best decision you can."
Kim Flottum, editor, Bee Culture magazine, and editor, BEEKeeping: Your First Three Years
"I was amazed to find that what happened in my first top bar hives was exactly what Christy had described in her first book. Her new book is not only essential for those who want to keep bees in top bar hives, but also for those want a deeper look on beekeeping problems and on the life of Apis mellifera."
Paolo Fontana Entomologist / Apidologist
"The loss of biodiversity on our planet is one of the greatest emergencies of our time. We can't wait any longer: several thousand species become extinct each year! Human beings must be involved in conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity. In this struggle against time, all the beekeepers can play a fundamental role. They can become the vanguard of a movement of responsible citizens involved in biodiversity conservation all over the world. And, at the head of this vanguard, persons like Christy Hemenway can have a leadership role in building a better future for all."
Gianfranco Caoduro, Honorary President, World Biodiversity Association
"Here are your next steps to keeping bees in top bar hives. Thoughtful, experienced, articulate advice."
Michael Bush, BushFarms.com
"Good ideas are just good ideas unless you can get a significant number of people over a sizable geography to buy into them. Christy has done just that! Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping is a treasure. For the top bar beekeeping disciples that Christy has already launched this book will support sustainability and serve to draw more practitioners into the adventure. Congratulations Christy! You have made a significant contribution to the top bar craft."
Marty Hardison, Top Bar Pioneer