HVNB Resources

Here, we’ve included some original materials that may be of interest to you for beekeeping tips or other useful information to share.

10 Things You Can Do to Help Bees:  Share this with your friends who want to help bees and pollinators — there’s so much to do without even being a beekeeper!

Honeybee_tea_4lbs:  Spring feeding recipe from Honeybeelives.org, adjusted for the ‘new’ 4-pound bags of sugar!

Package_Installation_Instructions:  Step-by-step instructions for installing a bee package

Fondant_for_Winter_Feeding:  Modified from several on-line recipes, the consistency is very reliable.

Protect Our Pollinators – 05-21-17:  See what’s happening at the May 2017 meeting.


Reading List — Excellent Books for Beekeepers:

  • Blackiston, H. 2009. Beekeeping for Dummies. 2nd Edition. Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ. Reviews the tools of the trade, including complete instructions for building and maintaining beehives; offers detailed and easy-to-follow guidelines for all phases of honey production–including harvesting, bottling, packaging and marketing your honey and much more.
  • Conrad, Ross. 2007. Natural Beekeeping. Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, Vermont. This is a thorough book that promotes sound management practices, not too different from our own.
  • Graham, J.M. (ed.) 1992. The Hive and the Honey Bee. Dadant and Sons, Inc. 1324 pp. Each chapter is written by a specialist. The book was completely revised in 1992. It has value both as a text and a reference book. The chapters on anatomy and physiology are pretty heavy reading for the layman. Old editions are out of date in control of bee diseases. However, if one would want a single book that provides widely usable information, this may be the best available. Look for updated version in future years.
  • Hubbell, Sue. 1988. A Book of Bees. Random House, New York. 193 pp. This book has inspired many people to become beekeepers. Hubbell’s wonderful narrative is educational and entertaining. This is a book you hand to your friends and neighbors when they ask about your bees.
  • Langstroth, L.L. 1878. Langstroth’s Hive and the Honey-Bee: The Classic Beekeeper’s Manual. Dover Publications. The first descriptive treatise of modern bee management. In a reader-friendly, enthusiastic style, Langstroth addresses every aspect of beekeeping: bee physiology; diseases and enemies of bees; the life-cycles of the queen, drone, and worker; bee-hives; the handling of bees; and many other topics.
  • Nordhaus, H. 2010. The Beekeeper’s Lament. How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America. Harper, New York. Highly recommended for an in-depth, funny, and poignant view of commercial beekeeping in the U.S. A must read.
  • Root, A. C. 1972. ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture. The A. C.. Root Co. 712 pp. ABC’s is a compendium of information arranged in alphabetical order for quick reference. It is a little difficult to use if one is interested in management only. However, it is literally a treasure box of old and historical information about beekeeping. This should be considered as a second text where one wishes a compact reference on historic information.
  • Sammataro, D, and Avitabile, A. 2011. The Beekeeper’s Handbook. 4th Ed. Comstock Publishing Associates, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY. Lots of good and user-friendly information that will be most useful to experienced beekeepers.
  • Seeley T.D. 2010. Honeybee Democracy. Princeton University Press, Princeton. An amazing read about how honey bee colonies make collective decisions with no central authority. A must read.