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The Four Confluent Paths of a Bee-Centric Beekeeper

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The Four Confluent Paths of a Bee-Centric Beekeeper

I was honored and humbled to be asked to write an article on bee-centric beekeeping for the Natural Bee Husbandry magazine.  This is the magazine published by the Natural Beekeeping Trust, an organization whose mission I whole-heartedly support. The magazine is excellent, and you can learn how to subscribe here: http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/natural-bee-husbandry Here's the full content of the article: The Four Confluent Paths of a Bee-Centric Beekeeper Scott Patrick Sailors The truth is I'm a late bloomer when it comes to keeping bees.  I most certainly did not discover beekeeping in my youth.  And, when I finally did discover it, I...

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Excellent Explanation of the Reasons for Treatment-Free Beekeeping (short video)

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Excellent Explanation of the Reasons for Treatment-Free Beekeeping (short video)

This short video is excellent.  Pay particular attention beginning at 4:08.

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Why I Allow Robbing

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Why I Allow Robbing

This post, perhaps more than any other I have written, may highlight the difference between the worldview and mindset of a bee-centric beekeeper, and that of a conventional beekeeper. I am a bee-centered beekeeper with the goal, over time, of developing an ecotype – a genetically distinct geographic variety, population or race within a species [still Apis Mellifera], which is adapted to specific environmental conditions.  I want to see colonies in my region living for years in one location, and casting at least one swarm each season that is equipped to thrive in the wild. To that end, I install colonies in...

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Building Hives with Western Red Cedar

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Building Hives with Western Red Cedar

I recently found this in a post on the Preservation Beekeeping Community Page. "Western Red Cedar is more than just a beautiful wood to look at. It has several physical qualities making it an excellent material to make bee homes with. Cedar is a wood with a very low density. Low density means a high proportion of air spaces, which makes Cedar the best thermal insulator of all our common building wood. It has a 1 ½ to 2 times better insulating value than other woods. A hive with a higher insulated value assists the bees in managing the warming...

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The Bee-Centered Beekeeping Immersion Class Was Wonderful!

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The Bee-Centered Beekeeping Immersion Class Was Wonderful!

We had a fantastic day exploring the ethos, tenets, and practices of bee-centered beekeeping.  This was not your typical beekeeping class with everyone suited up all day (although we encouraged everyone to be completely comfortable at all times).  It was much more human-to-honey-bee relational as we explored the areas of habitat, regional adaptation, practices, hive cavity, the wonders of natural comb, discerning the morale of a honey bee colony, practical examples of the differences between conventional and bee-centered beekeeping, and much more.  What a great time with all of these lovely people! If you had been interested in this class, but...

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