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.
About the Author
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 bee-vangelist and advocate for natural, chemical-free beekeeping, Christy is the author of The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives.
SECTION ONE: Intermediate "How-To" techniquesThe top bar hive in its second yearo Managing the successfully overwintered hiveo Starting over - this time with more resourcesSplitting hiveso To increase apiary sizeo To "pay it forward"o To launch a new top bar hive beekeepero As a pre-emptive swarm management techniqueo The walk away splitAvoiding "robbing" behavior late in the seasono How to recognize a deartho How to protect against robbing honeybeeso How to protect against invasive non-honeybeesWhy are my bees so grouchy?o Understanding the seasons from the bees' viewo These are not your original sweet little package of beeso Re-queening - do you really need to?Combining small hives for greater overwintering successo What about the queen(s)?o How to organize the interior of the hive when combiningHarvesting honey - often for the first timeo Getting it out of the hive and away from the beeso Dry cappings / Wet cappingso Getting it off the top baro Is the honey ripe?o Crush & Strain - pros and consThings to do with clean natural waxo Why beeswax is bettero Why clean natural beeswax is better than that!o More wax rendering techniqueso Products that can be made that use beeswaxo RecipesManagement of combo Unidirectional bees/honey storeso Culling old brood combsSECTION TWO: What is really going on with bees?Are we really still putting chemicals in the beehive?o Residuals in the waxo Is plastic really better?o Does Natural Wax do ANYTHING at all?o Shifting virus loads and the varroa mite - what is changing?Systemic pesticides in Agricultureo The concept of painting pesticides on seedso Painting the seed versus spraying the airo Contamination throughout the entire planto Residuals in the soil/air/watero What is ending up in the food???Colony Collapse Disordero Is this still with us?o Mites/Treatments/Viruses - the correlationNeonicotinoidso Effects on the honeybees' navigational GPSo Is THIS CCD?Glyphosate aka Roundupo Benign? NOT.The Misinformation Campaigno Corn - Croplife America (bees don't visit corn?)o Michael Pollan on corn and how it's winningo Bayer - safe chemicals? NOTo Monsanto - patents and lawsuitsEuropean versus US methods of determining safetyo LD-50o The EPA and the Fox in the henhouseo Bans - who has/who hasn't - and whyClimate Changeo Who believes it? / Why is this difficult to prove?o The geographical effecto Trickle down effects for bees