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The idle beekeeper : the low-effort, natural way to raise bees

by Anderson, Bill (Film director),

Format: Print Book 2019
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Global bee populations have been rapidly declining for years, and it's not just our honey supply that's at stake: bees' contribution to the pollination of various crops is essential to human survival. But even in industrial apiaries--the most common approach to facilitate the rebound of threatened bee populations--bees are in distress, hiving in synthetic and hostile environments. Enter idle beekeeping: the grassroots, low-intervention system of beekeeping that seeks to emulate the behavior and habitat of bees in the wild--and it only requires two active days of beekeeping per year.

In The Idle Beekeeper, Bill Anderson calls upon his years of applied curiosity as an urban beekeeper to highlight the invaluable resources that these underappreciated insects provide and show how simple and rewarding beekeeping can be. In this entertaining, philosophical, and practical guide, Anderson teaches step-by-step how to build a hive system developed to allow maximum idleness, harvest honey and extract honeycomb, make mead and beeswax candles, and to closely observe and understand these most fascinating and productive of insects. Through his laissez-faire approach to maintaining a bee colony using the minimum-interference Warré hives--low-tech, low-maintenance, and bee-friendly hives that mimic the cavity of a tree, the bees' natural habitat--Anderson illustrates how little effort is actually required to raise and nurture a thriving bee community. In fact, his idle approach to beekeeping requires only two days of work per year--one day in the spring, and another in the fall.

The Idle Beekeeper offers practical and philosophical advice for getting involved in conservation efforts, and Anderson's expertise will show just how easy it is to make an environmental impact. For anyone interested in keeping bees, The Idle Beekeeperis the definitive guide that teaches you everything you need to get started, even in a city, and without effort.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With the crisis in global bee populations, home beekeeping is experiencing a resurgence. Anderson has been keeping bees in urban London for decades, and has developed his own approach that requires and promotes extremely minimal human intervention. This method is rooted in trying to emulate bees' natural way of being as they would live in the wild, with exceptions only for spring maintenance and fall honey harvest. Anderson uses a Warré style hive, which mimics the ideal qualities of the cavity of a tree while remaining easy to build and maintain, and offers a few modifications to make it even more conducive to his approach. Anderson's love of bees and beekeeping is apparent and creates an effective enticement for readers to become beekeepers. His minimalist approach provides an easy entry to a potentially intimidating pastime. Appendices detail the process for constructing and insulating a modified Warré hive; making, insulating, and weatherproofing a converter box to install a colony into the hive; and several other small pieces of equipment specific to Anderson's method.--Anne Heidemann Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this charming anecdotal how-to guide, Anderson, beekeeping columnist for The Idler magazine, lays out a low-maintenance approach to his hobby. Making a distinction between being idle and lazy, he observes that "truly lazy people rarely cultivate themselves or the world around them," whereas the idle "invest the maximum [time] doing things that interest them, that make them grow." As a beekeeper and self-proclaimed idler, he believes the insects "know how to do it better than I do" and advises other apiarists not to intervene too much. Anderson describes his personal experiences with beekeeping in London in recent years, from where he placed his first hive, to the mishaps that followed. Though "we might think we're providing spacious accommodation" to the bees, he notes, "all we're really giving is an empty space in which they build their home all by themselves." Topics covered include honey production and harvesting and typical bee behavior. Anderson also dispenses step-by-step instructions on, for example, how to detach the comb from the walls of a hive while keeping it intact. Readers keen on actually keeping bees themselves should find this information-packed book's instructional component particularly useful, and Anderson's fellow idlers will appreciate his laissez-faire personal ethos. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Bee culture.
Publisher New York :2019
Language English
Description 273 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781468317060
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