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Reading material

Below are links to some classic beekeeping publications:

Farrar 1944 Productive-management-of-honeybee-colonies  

USDA 1967 Beekeeping in the United States    Scroll down to Moeller’s “Managing Colonies for High Honey Yields”


I also recommend (or have had recommended):

Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition: Honey Production, Pollination, Health, Malcolm Stanford.  Malcolm has an easy-to-read writing style.

Honey Bee Hobbyist by Norm Gary—good overall understanding, rather than how-to
First Lessons in Beekeeping, Dadant
The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro & Alfonse Avitabile.  This is a well-loved textbook.
Homegrown Honey Bees by Alethea Morrison.  Very down-home book by a beekeeper’s learning experience.
The Honey Revolution: Restoring the Health of Future Generations by Ron Fessenden
Almond Pollination Handbook Traynor

A Book of Bees, Sue Hubble.  Beautiful prose about a beekeeper’s love of bees and beekeeping.

Bumblebee Economics, Bernd Heinrich.  This book was instrumental to my understanding of the biology of the bee.

Beekeeping for Dummies.  I haven’t yet read, but a number of beginners have told me that they found it helpful.

If there are others that you feel that I should add to this page, please let me know!

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