The revolutionary beekeeping method that is providing a radical return to healthy bee hives in the U.S. and around the world today is explained in detail in A Lively Hive. Author Alex Tuchman, the director of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd, Virginia,walks the reader through both the philosophy and the practical applications that have shown remarkable success rates. In the past five years, the catastrophic loss of 45% of U.S. honeybee colonies has been well documented. By contrast, in that same time period Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary has shown an astonishingly low loss of only 12%.
Tuchman shares the significant difference between beekeeping methods that exploit the honeybee for human agribusiness and alternative methods to beekeeping that are in line with the instincts and wisdom of the honeybees themselves. The amazing results, as it turns out, are found at heart in the relationship and communication between the honeybee and the human—that when we listen to what the bees are telling us, only then are we guided to best provide for the bees’ needs in the physical world.
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About the Author:
Alex Tuchman is a beekeeper, educator, farmer, and writer. As the Director of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd, Virginia, (founded by Gunther Hauk and Vivian Struve-Hauk), Alex carries a wide variety of responsibilities on the farm, with the bees, in the classroom, and in administration. Alex arrived at Spikenard Farm in March of 2014 after three years as the Farm Manager of Loyola University Chicago’s Student Farm in Woodstock, Illinois, his home state. Alex is an active contributor to the biodynamic agriculture and natural beekeeping movements and regularly teaches beekeeping at conferences in the U.S., around the world, and online.
Softcover, 200 pages, color photographs and diagrams.
** A Lively Hive is expected to be released within four weeks. Pre-orders receive first priority upon publication. **
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