Top Bar Beekeeping in Paradise

Top Bar Beekeeping in Paradise

Jan Rasmussen is an adept top bar beekeeper. And she is obviously having fun and loving it. A great way to keep bees in paradise. If you like the video, you’ll like her site at ParadiseNectar.com. -dM

Superinfection Exclusion

Superinfection Exclusion

There are many factors that make natural beekeeping successful. Could this be one factor that explains why natural beekeeping principles work so well against mite and mite vectored disease? Need more information? Here’s the research article. -dM

Musings On Beekeeping

Musings On Beekeeping

Musings on Beekeeping is one of my favorite bee blogs. Tom, a Honduran/American beekeeper has a unique perspective on: tropical beekeeping working with Africanized bees top bar hives mentoring beekeepers in Jamaica moderates the BeeSource.com top bar hive forum. He doesn’t post often. But when he does, it’s always an interesting and informative read. Ever seen a tree like this one? Wow! Check it out! […]

Michael Bush

Michael Bush

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild has recorded Michael Bush’s presentation. If you’re interested in natural beekeeping, it’s well worth the time to watch this 4 part series. While thinking of Michael, don’t forget his BushFarms website. It’s a natural beekeeping resource well worth bookmarking. And Michael has published “The Practical Beekeeper” and has reprinted “Huber’s New Observations Upon Bees”. Check them out. -dM

Sam Comfort

Sam Comfort

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen or talked with Sam Comfort. I met him while we were both in Florida, more than 5 years ago. Back then, he was raising commercial queens. And I was looking for a new and different experience before retiring. So, there was this young man with his passion for bees, talking with this old guy about top bar hives and […]

Yerba Buena Farms Jamaica

Yerba Buena Farms Jamaica

Need a change? How’s chilling out on Jamaica’s north coast sound? a little ackee and saltfish, roast breadfruit and chocolate tea for breakfast catching a warm morning rain shower while picking fruit.> learn bees, top bar hives and some unique and tasty sustainable agriculture stew peas, rice and callaloo for lunch a little hammock time in a sweet sea breeze hiking down to a beach […]

Transitioning to Natural Beekeeping

Transitioning to Natural Beekeeping

The Idea The principles are simple: get the bees into clean equipment let them build a natural broodnest or approximate a natural broodnest structure with a mix of small and large cell size frames keep the broodnest clean Always: make small, judicious changes evaluate every change for the long term let the bees teach you The Details Using natural comb hives, like top bar hives […]

Natural Beekeeping Isn’t

Natural Beekeeping Isn’t

The Idea Natural beekeeping isn’t: a cheap way to push the bees a silver bullet for all beekeeping problems about methodologies let alone beekeeping grandpa’s beekeeping small cell another version of organic beekeeping immortal beekeeping The Details Isn’t Pushing Natural is not a cheap way to push the bees, the beekeeper, and the environment out of balance for maximum production/profit. If feedlot, commercial factory farming […]

Chop Wood Carry Water Plants Seeds

Chop Wood Carry Water Plants Seeds

Interested in top bar hives and sustainable living? Dusko Bojic builds a neat top bar hive and describes his move toward sustainable living. Check out Dusko Bojic’s Chop Wood Carry Water Plant Seeds website. It’s a must visit. -dM

Larry Garrett’s Natural Bees Site

Larry Garrett’s Natural Bees Site

Larry Garrett has a unique top bar hive that handles supers. Larry once coined it the Franken hive. But it’s now called the Thur hive. The details can be seen on his Natural Bees site. And he works with Warre’ hives as well. Check out that neat Warre bottom board/stand. The Toolbox Larry dropped me a note and sent a photo of his inspection toolbox. […]

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