What bees want Beekeeping as nature intended

Susan Knilans

Book - 2022

"Bee populations are plummeting. The solution? Give them what they need to live naturally, and they'll handle the rest. Susan Knilans and Jacqueline Freeman are in love with bees. So in love that they observe their bees-their work, communication, seasonal activity, and more-for hours each day. And with observation came realization: when bees are allowed to live as they would in nature (with smaller hives, no chemicals, freedom to swarm, and little-to-no human interference), they will t...hrive. Accordingly, Knilans and Freeman have spent decades perfecting the revolutionary practice of preservation beekeeping, guided by the simple question, "What do the bees want?" A surprising page-turner, this instructional book tells the story of their successes and failures, demonstrating what was learned along the way. Sharing preservation beekeeping's key tenets, the authors provide concrete, simple ways to implement their approach, from finding the right hive location to honing observation skills. This preservation manifesto is a vital addition to any beekeeper's library, imparting all the joys of a beekeeper's life"--

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Subjects
Genres
Handbooks and manuals
Published
New York, NY : The Countryman Press [2022]
Language
English
Physical Description
xx, 234 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781682686737
1682686736
Main Author
Susan Knilans (author)
Other Authors
Jacqueline Freeman (author)
  • Foreword: The road to freedom
  • Preface: Following the bees
  • Part 1: The journey to preservation beekeeping. When the bees came
  • The value of my mistakes
  • Building confidence
  • Sacred swarms
  • Better with friends
  • Steady growth
  • Bee-longing
  • Part 2: Preservation beekeeping: Healthy bees and a kinder world. Understanding the bee family
  • Choosing hives that help bees thrive
  • The right location for your bees
  • Do not disturb
  • Acquiring bees: Swarms and bait hives
  • Bee language
  • Water for bees
  • Plant like crazy
  • Offering food and gathering honey
  • Treating bees with chemicals
  • a no-no
  • When a queen dies
  • Epilogue: Returning to the bien.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Beekeepers and beekeeping instructors Knilans (Animals as Teachers & Healers) and Freeman (Song of Increase) discuss the practice of "preservation beekeeping" or "natural beekeeping," where the bees' needs (not the beekeepers') are prioritized. Knilans begins by chronicling what she learned during her early days of keeping honeybees, which involved multiple failed hives. The second part of the book is an overview of preservation beekeeping, in which domesticated bees are housed in conditions that mimic as closely as possible how they would live in the wild. It covers bee biology, choosing and locating hives, acquiring bees through swarms and bait hives, bee language, plantings and water features for bees, and what to do when a queen dies. The authors advocate a low-chemical approach and not disturbing the hives (backed with research) and discuss the hours of pleasure they receive from observing the activities of hives, their mystical connection to their bees, and how the bees have impacted their lives. At the end of the book are resources and appendices on species protection and Darwinian beekeeping. VERDICT An informative, captivating look at natural beekeeping useful for backyard beekeepers and anyone fascinated by bees; however, not for those looking to maximize honey production.—Sue O'Brien Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Bee populations are plummeting. The solution? Give them what they need to live naturally, and they'll handle the rest. Susan Knilans and Jacqueline Freeman are in love with bees. So in love that they observe their bees-their work, communication, seasonal activity, and more-for hours each day. And with observation came realization: when bees are allowed to live as they would in nature (with smaller hives, no chemicals, freedom to swarm, and little-to-no human interference), they will thrive. Accordingly,Knilans and Freeman have spent decades perfecting the revolutionary practice of preservation beekeeping, guided by the simple question, "What do the bees want?" A surprising page-turner, this instructional book tells the story of their successes and failures, demonstrating what was learned along the way. Sharing preservation beekeeping's key tenets, the authors provide concrete, simple ways to implement their approach, from finding the right hive location to honing observation skills. This preservation manifesto is a vital addition to any beekeeper's library, imparting all the joys of a beekeeper's life"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A surprising page-turner, this instructional book tells the story of their successes and failures, demonstrating what was learned along the way. Sharing preservation beekeeping’s key tenets, the authors provide concrete, simple ways to implement their approach, from finding the right hive location to honing observation skills. This preservation manifesto is a vital addition to any beekeeper’s library, imparting all the joys of a beekeeper's life.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Bee populations are plummeting. The solution? Give them what they need to live naturally, and they’ll handle the rest.