December 21, 2014

Book Review: The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally [Volumes I, II & III] by Michael Bush

The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush

Review by Andrew Dewey  Michael Bush is a queen bee producer living in Nebraska who has for many years answered countless postings on internet forums BeeSource and BeeMaster, as well as the Organic Beekeepers mailing list. His web site (bushfarms.com) contains a cornucopia of information about bees and how to work them. And as Bush makes very clear, most of the book’s content can actually be … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

The Beekeeper's Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

Nordhaus introduces us to John Miller, a third-generation commercial beekeeper based in North Dakota who makes his living hauling his hives all over the western United States. He also happens to be a funny, meticulous and conscientious beekeeper who works his trade out of a love and fascination for bees. He certainly doesn’t do it for the money. Hannah Nordhaus, a journalist with no beekeeping … [Read more...]

Honey Bee Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide by Cindy Bee and Bill Owens

Honey Bee Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide by Cindy Bee and Bill Owens

Review by Geoff MacLean Last year, I safely removed honey bee colonies  from five homes around Greater Portland,  but sure wish I’d had the opportunity  to read a great book on the subject first! Let’s take a look at what I believe is  the first comprehensive guide to honey  bee colony removals, written by Cindy  Bee and Bill Owens, masters at the  craft of honey bee colony removal:  Honey … [Read more...]

Making Mead by Dr. Roger A. Morse

Dr. Roger A. Morse

Review by Frederick B. Wardwell All you need to know to make prize-winning mead is told in Dr. Roger A. Morse’s book Making Mead. in 125 pages, he gives formulas, sanitation procedures, equipment requirements, and other helpful information. i know that this is all you need, because I first made wine 60 years ago, studied college chemistry for six years, and read every word of The Chemistry … [Read more...]

Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey M. Caron

Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey M. Caron

About the Author | For any of us Beekeepers who have been practicing the art and science of beekeeping for a while, Dewey Caron’s name is a very familiar one. Dewey has spoken at meetings for most of the beekeeping clubs to which I belong, and has always been able to provide a new tidbit of knowledge every time I hear him speak. That’s the beauty of doing something for as many years as Dewey has … [Read more...]

The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore – by Hilda M. Ransome

The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore - by Hilda M. Ransome

Reading The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore was a departure from the typical beekeeping book that I would pick up, but something about the word ‘sacred’ in the title drew me to these pages. The scientist in me is always looking for the kind of information in a book that will improve my stewardly behavior in the Apiary. This book initially seemed to be just a history lesson on folklore, … [Read more...]

Beekeeping Book Review: “Honey, the Gourmet Medicine”, By Joe Traynor

Honey, the Gourmet Medicine, By Joe Traynor

As beekeepers, we typically think of our involvement with the wonderful products from the hive ending when that jar of Honey or that wax candle is sold. Maybe we even stretch ourselves to understanding that hand creams, lip balms, Mead, propolis tincture and soaps are valuable and marketable creations from the fundamental products made by our beautiful bees. American society in general has not, … [Read more...]