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Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees (Storey's Guide to Raising)by Malcolm T Sanford
Synopses & Reviews
Everyone is buzzing about bees! Urban beekeeping is on the rise as swarms of people do their part to help nurture local food systems, make gardens more productive, connect with nature, and rescue honey bee populations from colony collapse disorder. Honey bee hives now grace the White House Lawn, the roof of Chicago City Hall, the National Arboretum, and the top of the Fairmont Hotel. Even Hagen-Daazs has gotten into the act with its well-funded campaign, Help the Honey Bees.
Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, the newest addition to the best-selling series, will be the single resource sought by beekeepers in all settings. Malcolm T. Sanford presents a thorough overview of these industrious and critically important insects. With this book as their guide, beekeepers will understand how to plan a hive, acquire bees, install a colony, keep bees healthy, maintain a healthy hive, understand and prevent new diseases, and harvest honey crops.
The book also provides an overview of the honey bee nest and colony life, insights into honey bee anatomy and behavior, an exploration of apiary equipment and tools, season-by-season beekeeper responsibilities, instructions for harvesting honey, and detailed, up-to-date information about diseases and other potential risks to bees. This comprehensive reference will appeal to both the experienced beekeeper who seeks help with specific issues and the novice eager to get started.
Book News Annotation:
Beekeeping specialist Sanford (entomology and nematology, U. of Florida) presents a practical resource for novice beekeepers, based on two previous works by the late Richard E. Bonney, Hive Management (1990) and Beekeeping: A Practical Guide (1993). Sanford's edition retains, as much as possible, Bonney's style and content, while providing updated information apiculturists must know to be successful in the current beekeeping environment. Coverage includes beginning beekeeping, origin and history of beekeeping, a bee's life, choosing the hive location, equipment, obtaining the bees, managing honeybee colonies, taking the crop, pollination, and diseases and pests. The text includes a glossary of terms, a model beekeeping ordinance, a sample pollination contract, and a list of U.S. beekeeping supply houses, print and online resources, and beekeeping organizations and associations. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"The foundation for this book is two previous works by Richard E. Bonney, Hive management (1990) and Beekeeping: a practical guide (1993)"--T.p. verso.
About the Author
A beekeeper for over 13 years, author Richard E. Bonney owns Charlemont Apiaries in Charlemont, Massachusetts. He has authored two books, Hive Management and Beekeeping. Richard is a beekeeping teacher at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He was named the Massachusetts Extension Specialist-Apiculture in 1991 and writes regularly about beekeeping.
Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford is the Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida. He has been published extensively in the apiculture press including the journals Bee Culture and American Bee Journal. He has been the newsletter author for over twenty years at Ohio State University and the University of Florida, writing on beekeeping management. He is the Coordinator of the Apis Information Resource Center and author of The Apis Newsletter. He has been a beekeeping management consultant in Egypt, Italy, France, Chile, Ecuador, Iraq, and Mexico. He lives in Florida.
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