Save the bees with natural backyard hives The easy and treatment-free way to attract and keep healthy bees

Rob McFarland

Book - 2015

The husband-and-wife team behind the nonprofit HoneyLove make the case that beekeeping ought to be treated as more than a hobby or money-making enterprise. It is an entrance into a complex and sometimes fierce world that must be engaged and understood on its own terms.

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Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co 2015.
Physical Description
189 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Rob McFarland (author)
Other Authors
Chelsea McFarland (author)
  • Introduction: The bees chose us
  • Principles of treatment-free beekeeping and how it will save the bees
  • Beekeeping basics: Getting started is easy and fun
  • Acquiring honeybees is simple
  • Getting to know your superorganisms
  • Bee success: How to inspect your bees, fix common problems and set up your hive for prosperity
  • How to save a failing hive
  • Nectar flow, beebread and what to feed your bees
  • How to prepare hives for winter
  • Honey harvest
  • Urban beekeeping basics for tiny and giant backyards
  • The art of beekeeping.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

As honeybee colonies decline throughout the world, more people are picking up the mantle of beekeeping to ensure these essential pollinators remain. The McFarlands, along with their nonprofit, HoneyLove, present a natural path to raising hives in your backyard. Keeping things low cost is important, and the authors illustrate how to develop hives and have the essential tools without breaking the bank. Expense is also addressed in discussions of natural ways to keep a hive healthy without the use of pesticides or other supplements. Chapters starting with self-analysis cover getting into beekeeping: supplies, acquiring bees, and maintaining good health. Information on seasonal preparation and honey harvesting is presented in a matter-of-fact tone and supplemented by numerous color pictures. The authors note that beekeepers will learn much from their first hive and that good beekeepers keep learning to protect their hives and make them thrive. VERDICT New beekeepers looking for a hobby, as opposed to a business, will benefit from the basic but solid information in this book.—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., South Deerfield [Page 123]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The husband-and-wife team behind the nonprofit HoneyLove make the case that beekeeping ought to be treated as more than a hobby or money-making enterprise. It is an entrance into a complex and sometimes fierce world that must be engaged and understood on its own terms. Advocating "treatment-free" beekeeping, the authors embrace a "beekeeping backwards" framework developed by fellow beekeeper Charles Martin Simon, through 10 principles, which include "work with Nature, not against Her" and "forget everything you've ever learned and start observing what is really going on." To that end, the book includes an array of chapters with accompanying color photos on such topics as hive designs (for building your own), protective clothing, how to start a hive, how to use smoke to herd a hive, and "requeening" should the hive become fierce (removing a troublemaking queen who stirs up the horde). This book lends practical advice, concrete instruction, and a philosophical approach to the daunting but ultimately rewarding adventure of beekeeping. Color photos. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The founders of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting honeybees reveals how a relaxed beekeeping hobby can prepare inexpensive equipment, attract wild bees and keep a honey-producing hive without chemicals to help protect local bee populations. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Provides principles of treatment-free beekeeping, basics for getting started, honeybee acquisition methods, tips on keeping bees healthy, and instructions for harvesting honey.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Save the Bees with Natural, Chemical-Free BeekeepingRob and Chelsea McFarland first started caring for bees, then founded the nonprofit HoneyLove, to meet a need often heard today - we've got to save the bees. For more than two decades, honeybee colonies have steadily declined around the world. Bees and other pollinators are one of the most critical components of our food supply - if they disappear, so do we. You can make a difference by becoming a natural, treatment-free beekeeper right in your backyard. Save the Bees offers different, easy and healthier ways to keep your own hive!Rob and Chelsea share all the wisdom from this ancient practice in a way that is fresh, modern and easy for anyone to do. Along the way, they bust up some common bee myths:- You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on equipment. They tell you the most essential tools you need to get started and what you can make yourself.- You don't need any chemicals, pesticides or supplements to keep your bees healthy. Rob and Chelsea tell you how to recognize and maintain a healthy hive and how to save a failing one. The treatment-free way is not just a way to keep bees; it's the best way - good for you, the bees and the world.Save the Bees breaks down the complexity of beekeeping so you can learn step-by-step how to acquire a colony, care for it and reap the reward - that incredibly delicious, all-natural, chemical-free, unprocessed, sweet, sweet honey. Not to mention you'll be welcomed into the quirky, amazing and fun family of beekeepers around the world. So get on board and let's save some bees.