Honey Bee Stewardship at the Psycho Chicken Eco Farm
Apiary Support Services — Coming soon
Checkout the NEWS page and sort by ‘bees’ for beekeeping associated updates from our apiary.
I’ve created A Western North Carolina Honey Bee Queen Breeding Cooperative (WNCQBC), check out the google site for details:
If you really want to ‘save the bees’ convince all your neighbors to stop using pesticides, eat organic food, plant a pollinator garden, and write your state representative to stop this madness:
Good videos from Ag. extensions/professional sources/historic documentation
- Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing
- University of Florida extension and education
- Dr. David Tarpy – Benefits of Genetic Diversity within Your Hives
- Queen Breeding with David Tarpy and Fred Boucher & Bill Cullity on the BrushyMtnBeeFarm youtube Chanel
- Heather skep apiary documentary, 8 parts
- The National Honey Show Youtube Chanel:
- The site for invertebret conservation:
- NC State’s entomology apiculture page:
- Articles by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association –England
- Beyond Pesticides:
- A remarkably complete and concise outline of basic bee keeping from the University of Kentucky
- Honey Bee Health Coalition
- The Bee Informed Partnership
- Excellent images of common brood diseases:
- University of Georgia college of Ag. and Envr. Sci. info on disorders and other pests of the Honey Bee:
- NC Cooperative Extension Small Farms Beekeeping Resource List
- NC Department of Agriculture Apiary Services
- The magazine of American Beekeeping
- Randy Oliver’s site (a commercial beekeeper and biologist)
SPECIAL NOTE: Randy has been highly criticized about advocating for off-label treatment and confusing presentations regarding chemical-free treatment: http://americanbeejournal.com/letters-editor-march-2017/… As with all non-peer reviewed publications, read his information with a cautious eye.
- Managed Pollinator Coordinated Agriculture Project
- Bee plant use chart
- Determining the best bee for your operation
- Rusty’s Honey Bee Suite site
- Is it honeybee or honey bee? (short answer–it depends whether your a newspaperman, or a scientist!)
- Top bar hive colony organization animation from backyardhive.com:
- Pollen sources and their associated colors:
- Interview with Dr. John Kefuss on the Treatment-free beekeeping podcast:
- Regional evidence that treatment free/natural/darwinian style bee keeping is commercially viable:
- Great plans for top bar hives and top bars. This should become the stadard:
- Horizontal hive article, using 16″ deep frames:
- Simple plans for Langstroth style Nucleus boxes:
- Feral Honey Bee colony morphology:
Queen Rearing/Breeding related:
- University of Arkansas ‘Raising Quality Queens’ publication:
- ‘Net Gain’ cell building system
- Glenn Apiaries (a bit dated but with lots of info):
- Sicentific paper on queen breeding programs in general:
- Marla Spivak queen rearing video:
Scientific Papers I found interesting/useful
(most now posted here: https://plus.google.com/+PsychoChickenEcoFarmAsheville)
- Sub-lethal effects of dietary neonicotinoid insecticide exposure on honey bee queen fecundity and colony development
- High Levels of Miticides and Agrochemicals in North American Apiaries: Implications for Honey Bee Health
- Pesticide Exposure and increased nosema disease
- Entomed pesticide laced Pollen found (scientific articles referenced within popular press article):
- Varroa Mite Reproductive Biology
- Natural Forrage, winter survival
- Beta Acids from Hopps as Varroa Mite control option:
- The influence of brood comb cell size on the reproductive behavior of the ectoparasitic miteVarroa destructor in Africanized honey bee colonies 2003
- Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health
- Harrell and Crowder, 2012, 192 pages
- Author’s website.
- Peter’s Rating 4/4.
A great, concise, fact filled, well written, and readable book with both beginner and advanced topics.
- Storey’s guide to KEEPING HONEY BEES
- Malcom T. Sanford & Richard E Bonney, 2010, 244 Pages
- Author’s website.
- Peter’s Rating 3/4 +.
A well rounded and good book for beginners. Not as concise as Harrell and Crowder’s book above, and this volume also suffers from seemingly discontinuous writing–likely a by product of being largely based on other works, however it remains a well rounded and easy to read book that brings up the importance of genetics, that treatments for varroa are creating strong mites and weak bees, and the social reality of reactionary action by the uneducated populous.
- The Buzz about Bees, Biology of a Superorganism
- Jürgen Tautz, 2008, 284 pages
- Author’s website.
- Peter’s Rating (not finished reading yet, but I can already tell I’m going to like this one)
This book is heavy duty. It is not a beginner book about beekeeping. Jürgen is a respected, published researcher who has received many awards (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BCrgen_Tautz). So far I’ve spent more time stopping and thinking about the concepts presented in the book, than actually reading.
- Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping
- Dewey M. Caron, 1999, 354 pages
- Peter’s Rating (Not finished reading)
Trina likes this book a lot. It’s a great introductory text with advanced concepts, well organized and clearly presented, even if a bit dated now.
- Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping: Wisdom and Pleasure Combined
- Mangum, 2012, ~400 pages
- Author’s website.
- Peter’s Rating 3/4.
A mammoth ~400 page book with interesting (and sometimes lengthy) anecdotes with gems of hard won wisdom peppered throughout. Poor editing, but good organization. Proves that commercial beekeeping can be done effectively with top bar hives.
- Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey
- Brother Adam, published 1975, 122 pages of relatively large type
- Peter’s Rating: 3/4
Though a touch dated and with somewhat antiquated verbiage for it’s modern era publication date, Brother Adam’s emphasis on empirical observation and common sense approach to beekeeping is a refreshing and quick read with many practical consideration given early into the text. A completely worth while read.
- The Practical Beekeeper, Beekeeping Naturally
- Michael Bush, 2014, 222 pages
- Author’s Website.
- Peter’s Rating: not finished reading, pretty preachy, but lots of good info especially regarding the benefits of not using foundation, allowing bees to build their own comb and make their own cell size/inter-comb spacing. A book covering more natural techniques for Langstroth based beekeeping.
- The Beekeeper’s Handbook, fourth edition
- Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitable, 2011, 308 pages
- Author’s CV at USDA site
- Publisher’s Site
- Peter’s Rating: 2/4
Heralded as ‘the beekeeping book’ for decades, first printing (C) 1978, though a storehouse of information and ‘traditional/conventional’ (Langstroth) techniques, I was disappointed and at times irritated by this book. The answer to nearly every disease or parasite problem was to ‘treat with [insert outdated, mite resistant pesticide, or antibiotic now banned or discouraged]’. There are also multiple instances where sloppy editing in this latest revision results in the text itself, or the text and the figures contradicting one another. Some advanced topics are glossed over or simplified. While still a valuable resource, it was a disappointing read in preparation for certification tests due to the inconsistencies and out-dated information. Though it’s emphasis on improved genetics over parasite treatment in the next to the last chapter was good to find, it seemed a little to late for redemption.
- Observations on the natural history of bees
- Francois Huber, published 1841
- Peter’s Rating: not finished reading
- Beekeeping for all
- Abbe Warree, published 1948, 2007 translation
- Peter’s Rating: not finished reading
2017-03-04 Center for Honey Bee Research Bee School ‘Superorganism’
2017-03-05 Center for Honey Bee Research Bee School ‘Healthy Colonies’
2017-05-02 wncbees.org Journeyman class Honey Bee disease
2017-08-07 Buncombe County Bee Club Treatment Free Beekeeping in France
2017-05 — Guest Speaker on the Treatment Free Beekeeping Podcast
My notes from the 2016 NCSBA Journey(wo)man prep course by our own wncbees.org education coordinator Janet Peterson now on google drive (These are pretty rough around the edges but I wanted an easy way to share with other classmates who might have missed a class/wanted to compare notes, not intended to be a comprehensive or necessarily accurate reference, use at your own peril):
Why this page?
This page was created to share some of the articles and references that have proven useful to me as I continue to learn how to help this amazing species of bee survive humanity on the gem of a planet that we share.
I took to working with bees well, like a bee to a Mountain Mint or Borage flower. With
basic( 2014) Journeyman (2016) bee keeper certification in the state of NC complete, I’ve started studying for the next level in the NCSBA’s master beekeeper certification program and our mini beekeeping library continues to grow.
Why bee stewardship instead of bee keeping?
All life is sacred. Humans have no more dominion over the creatures of this planet than they over us. Bee “keeping” implies possession or ownership of these insects. Which is a sad joke. We’ve created far more problems for bees than we have benefited them. Shifting our mindset from ‘keepers’ to guardians or stewards is the right thing to do.
Chief Seattle said, “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
This wisdom remains unsurpassed in depicting human’s appropriate interaction with the natural world.
And credit is due to Corwin Bell at www.backyardhive.com for introducing me to the concept of bee-guardianship in the first place (though I really wish he would wear a veil–it sets a bad example, eyes are a difficult thing to replace).