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Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

by Ross Conrad (Author), Gary Paul Nabhan (Foreword)



Product Description
The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held Varroa
Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical-resistance is
building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists
have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making
the problem worse. Natural Beekeeping flips the script on traditional approaches
by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management.

Conrad brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping
honeybees healthy and productive here in one book. Readers will learn about
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. Conrad's reservoir of knowledge comes
from years of experience and a far-flung community of fellow beekeepers who are
all interested in ecologically sustainable apiculture. Specific concepts and
detailed management techniques are covered in a matter-of-fact, easy to
implement way.

Natural Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to
modify existing operations to improve the quality of hive products, 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.

About the Author
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 has written numerous articles on
organic farming, natural healing, and health issues. His market-garden business
supplies local stores with fruits, vegetables, and honey.

Gary Paul Nabhan has been the founder of the Forgotten Pollinators campaign, the
Migratory Pollinators Project, and the Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT)
consortium. He is co-author or editor of The Forgotten Pollinators, Conserving
Migratory Pollinators and Nectar Corridors in Western North America, and Coming
Home to Eat.

Product Details

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (June 13, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933392088

 

 

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